Q&A - Meet The Ambassador: Nadine Shah #IVW18
Nadine Shah is one of the five special ambassadors who has signed-up for IVW 18. Along with curating shows, he plays her own gig at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on 3 February. We put a few questions to the singer-songwriter.
Tell us about your IVW plans?
"I've hand picked some of my favourite artists to play shows, they're acts that I totally admire and am super happy that they've agreed to be involved. You're gonna love it, they are all great live! "
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
"It's difficult, because to me, all three of my albums are very different. Lyrical content is never of the happy go lucky nature. If you're having a shit day I'm probably a good choice of music to listen to! [laughs]. Someone once described my music as Maria Callas singing the songs of Joy Division. I'll take that."
What was the first venue you played?
"It was in Manchester as part of In The City. It was an industry type showcase and I had never before played in front of an audience, not even my family. In hindsight I probably should have practiced first but it turned out great and the room was jam packed. On after me was Ed Sheeran, the room was almost empty for him. Funny how things change eh?"
What's the most extravagant thing you’ve asked for on a rider?
"My needs are pretty simple and are mostly gin based."
What one quality, in your opinion, makes a great live venue?
"A room where wherever you stand you can see the stage. That's one of the reasons I love smaller venues. Playing them is pretty terrifying though cause if you can see me then I can see you!"
What are you working on next?
"I recently had to turn down a role in a musical which I'm heartbroken about but I need to get on with my new album."
Who would be your dream collaboration and why?
"Scott Walker. He's still making some of the most ground breaking work, I can never guess what he might produce next."
What's been the best gig you've played so far?
"Personally for me it's usually festival shows because it's an opportunity to play to people that have never heard of me before. It's equally scary and exciting, they may love or hate you. I'm a sicko and I like that. Ah but there was a show I played on my tour this year in Cardiff that I loved, it was a Sunday night and the only show that wasn't rammed busy on the tour. The crowd were louder and more energetic than the sold out shows and our mate Big Jeff made an appearance. I loved that one.*
What is your resolution for 2018?
"To pull me finger out and work harder but I said that last year and instead I just watched loads more daytime telly!"
It's our fifth birthday, what was the best present you got in your fifth birthday?
"That was a LONG time ago! I was pretty spoilt being the youngest, the only girl and quite an ill kid so I got a lot of stuff. My birthday is really close to Christmas in January so hopefully my parents saved a bit of cash and got me something in the sales!"
What is your favourite party food?
"I've recently gone veggie so can't eat it anymore but in the past I've been to events where they served mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef as canapés. The dream! If anyone is thinking to invite me to a party in the near future then please consider a vegetarian version of this, a plain Yorkshire pudding will suffice."
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