How does it feel to have finished your debut album The Pace of the Passing earlier this year? And your new EP, Palm’s?
Fantastic. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve done, actually. When I made the decision to do Toothless, it was a huge leap—undertaking something creatively by yourself, when you’re the sole driving force. So to actually finish not one but two things feels really good. Even if I stop doing this tomorrow, I’d feel proud with what I’ve done.
Who would you most like to collaborate with and why?
Someone asked me this the other day, and I gave a terrible answer. I’ll try and do a better job this time. I really like collaborating with other singers and hearing other singers sing songs I’ve written. There are my favorites like Joanna Newsom and Nick Cave and people like that. But I also think it would be fun to work with people outside of my comfort zone. Some pop people or maybe some people in hip hop. Just try and expand the sound of Toothless.
Marika Hackman is an English vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Hackman has released three albums: That Iron Taste (2013), We Slept at Last (2015) and I’m Not Your Man (2017).
How did your collaboration with Marika Hackman come about?
I wrote the song “Palm’s Backside,” which we just played for you, and the song has two parts. It’s a guy and a girl talking to one another about a relationship that they had before. So I needed to have someone else singing in it, and I love Marika Hackman’s voice and music. I thought it was a fantastic counterpoint for my voice and for the song.
“If I hadn’t done music, I probably would
have gone to art school. I paint,
and I’m sure when I’m finished doing music,
I will paint as well.”
— Ed Nash
What are your interests and passions outside of music?
If I hadn’t done music, I probably would have gone to art school. I paint, and I’m sure when I’m finished doing music, I will paint as well. I’m going to go to LACMA after this and see what they have on the floor. I like art and the art world. I’d like to spend more time doing that.
What are your favorites books, film and music right now?
At the moment, I’m reading a book called On the Beach which is an Australian book about the nuclear war that’s happened. It’s about people living in Melbourne while the rest of the world is dead, and there’s a cloud of nuclear radiation coming to kill them. It seemed pretty pertinent so I started reading that. In terms of music, Marika Hackman put a new album out, and I think it’s absolutely amazing. I’m listening to Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium collaboration a lot. For film, I watched the Oasis: Supersonic documentary on the plane. I hate Oasis, and it made me love them. It’s really kindhearted and endearing, and it put into context what they were about. I thought they were just—well, they probably still are—quite obnoxious, loud Mancunians. But they’re a good band. It made me realize that.
Hippo Campus is an indie rock band from St. Paul, Minnesota. Their first full-length album, Landmark, released early this year.
So what is next for you now?
I’m playing shows over the summer. I’m doing a support show with a band called Hippo Campus in October and hopefully recording it and getting it out at the end of this year or beginning of next.