Missouri born, Israel Nash
has come along way since plucking on a guitar down south. The singer-songwriter has released three albums, toured the world and is starting 2015 on the road to spread his sweet and soulful Neil Young style tunes.
Baeble had the chance to throw some Cool Buzz questions at Nash and we have two pairs of tickets to give away to his show at the Mercury Lounge January 22.
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What is the most surprising or unexpected thing to happen to you as a recording artist?
Well, if we are talking about a totally unexpected thing, Id say it was being robbed in Gothenberg, Sweden earlier last year. We were invited to the amazing Nudie Jean HQ shop while on tour and after about an hour or so of denim dreaming and hanging out with the staff, we went back to our bus to find over $15K stolen in cash, computers, and personal effects. No instruments were taken! But it was quite unexpected. We went to a bar immediately after to drown some sorrows. Ultimately, we were safe and a lot of fans helped raise some money so we could purchase computers for the guys. Despite the robbery, we still truly heart Gothenberg.
Best life advice youve ever received that resonated with choices youve made in your career?
An old friend once told me that the cream always rises. That no matter what, people who are good at what they do and always aim to be better will be alright in this world. Alright, doesnt always mean wealth, but my friend was right. Slow and steady, its ok to be the last man standing sometimes.
What music artist would make you fan-girl out and get nervous if put in the same room?
Not sure I get too crazy or anything around idols, but lets say David Bowie was going to come over to my ranch here in Dripping Springs, TX. I think I would be super nervous all morning making sure everything was awesome. You know, to the point that I would move certain vinyl to the front of the collection, so he thought, 'wow that Israel Nash has a cool collection. Does Bowie do bacon?
What song do you wish you had penned?
Shenandoah (Across the Wide Misouri). It will break your heart.
Have you ever felt pressure to change your music in order to appeal to the masses? How do you deal with that?
Not really. Masses is a different kind of thing, you realize. The masses generally loosely agree on a lot of things, especially art, music, etc. And that's totally fine. But I'm not a masses type of person. I hope to appeal to truth and to my band and make music that is a reflection of myself. And hopefully, that appeals to some people too.
What ghost of musics past do you wish would haunt you?
Keith Moon might be the funniest ghost ever.
Whats the worst thing youve ever worn on stage?
I don't know for sure, but I bet if you did a image search, and scrolled to like page 10, you would definitely find something bad.
What is one thing youd like to accomplish in 2015?
2015 is a big year for me and the guys. We tour in an RV, that we call RV Keitel. Currently it is parked out here on my land and I'm using it as my demo studio. But in a month or so we start building a real studio out here at the ranch...and we're going to record a new album in it too.
Ever had a fan moment that stuck with you? Do you like interacting with them via social media?
I'm very blessed that a number of fans will tell me after a show, how much my music means to them. When people are real and sincere, you can tell immediately. They could be complete strangers. But, when a fan has that level of sincerity, you realize that they are not a stranger. People need each other in this world. All the time. I have daily reminders to post to twitter and Instagram. Trying to be better at socials in 2015. I just get busy and obsessed, and maybe a little bit crazy out here in the hills. I'm getting to the fan page messages, though, promise!
When was the last time you cut your hair? Do you think an artist changing their look helps or hinders their success?
It's been like 3 years or something for me. And I don't really think about it, I just want to be myself and I want the things I do to be a reflection of myself and the things I hold important. Hopefully that looks like cool rock n roll too =).
When writing, what can set one song apart from another as something extra special?
I wish I really knew. Many times a song becomes something so much bigger than itself. These are just songs, ultimately. But songs mixed with life creates imagery, memories, emotion. Fortunately, music is such a great representation of those things. So, I think what makes a song special, is really the listener. Everyone takes in a song completely differently. It's amazing like that.
Which of these two fast food options would you choose: Crispy Chicken Joy or Juicy Yum Burger?
Take me to TX, where Whataburger is an institution.
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