Interview: Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes)

‘Songwriting needs to be protected so it doesn’t just become a commercial enterprise,’ says Natasha Khan.

The singer-songwriter, more commonly known as Bat for Lashes, took home the award for Best Television Soundtrack with her co-writer Dominik Scherrer for their score for the BBC drama Requiem at yesterday’s (Thursday) Ivor Novello Awards 2019.

The two-time Mercury Prize nominee was honoured for her first foray into writing for the screen and revealed it was an avenue she would like to pursue further in the future.

Khan released her critically acclaimed debut Fur and Gold in 2006 and has subsequently put out three further well-received albums.

Her last release was 2016’s The Bride which was nominated for a mercury and she has subsequently branched out into other projects including Sexwitch – a collaborative record with the band Toy and producer Dan Carey.

We caught up with Khan ahead of her win at the Ivors to chat about her experiences of writing for television, her desire to write a horror score, her take on songwriting, her upcoming new album and more…