Campfire Tales: five minutes with Israel Nash

Texan Israel Nash released his third album, the third person referencing Israel Nash’s Rain Plans, earlier this year and is returning to the UK for a couple of shows in August and September, including End Of The Road Festival on Friday 29th August. We had a few questions for Israel before his tours starts.

Hi Israel, can you introduce yourself to The Music Fix readers?

Hello, I’m Israel Nash, from Dripping Springs, TX!

Do you have an earliest musical memory? Was there a record or act that made you think 'I want to do this!’?

My earliest memory of actually wanting to be making albums and playing on stages was when I saw ABC’s The Beatles anthology in the early 90s. I had just started playing guitar and was heavily into Beatlemania. I’m not really sure how much of it back then was about the music or the idea of it. Either way, it’s all about the music to me now. And even back then, I think I knew I would be doing this. “The Beatles. Giving kid’s big dreams since 1960!”

If we were to look at your MP3 player, is there anything on there you'd rather we didn't see? Do you have your own stuff on there?

Well, that’s tough! I know what the guys in the band would point to. We call it a guilty pleasure. I’m going to say Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell. There is a caveat though. That’s an incredible record and I’m not at all embarrassed. However, about 8 out of 10 people I try to talk about that album with, kind of snicker a bit. So either it’s a great album and I hang out with lunatics or it really is a guilty pleasure and I’m living in denial, but I love it.

As for my own music, I listen closely to music as we make an album and as I demo songs. It’s important to listen to yourself. You need to hear every nuance, every detail, in my opinion.

Tell us about Israel Nash’s Rain Plans.

The album is really a reflection of the inspiration of life around me - my family, living here in the Texas Hill Country. The album is a real part of me emotionally too.

Do you have a favourite song on the album?

I honestly don’t. I really look at this album as one collection of songs that all depend on each other to encompass them into Rain Plans. They all mean a lot to me.

I believe you recorded the album at a studio in your house. What’s the best thing about recording at home?

I feel studios can be a bit sterile and ultimately, you feel like a guest at someone’s house. I like the idea of it being my own house. Making records is all about comfort among the group. You don’t have to make it feel like home. It is home.

Who have been your favourite artists to tour with?

I had a blast in March with my friends Midlake. Great guys and wonderful musicians.

Are you looking forward to End Of The Road Festival?

Yes! You know it. That’s obviously a renowned festival, so it’s an honor to be a part of that. The guys are stoked too. It’s not often that you get to be a fan. So I’m stoked to see a number of bands when we’re there.

Can you recommend any other bands on the End Of The Road line up?

Are you reading my mind? Maybe you had a premonition… I hope to see Temples, John Grant, and the Gene Clark, No Other tribute should be badass.

How do you take your coffee?

I don’t drink it often, but it’s black, no sugar when I do. I more often drink tea. But southern style, with ice and sugar. That’s a TX drink right there.

You can check out Israel's UK dates on his website. He is in the UK from the 28th August through the first week in September.

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