Iconic British singer Kate Bush has shared her feelings about the late David Bowie in a recent interview. Both Bush and Bowie are widely regarded as two of the most creative artists in contemporary British music, and often used their songwriting to challenge gender norms.
Speaking to Fader, Bush singled out Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’ as one of her favourite record’s in recent music history. Bush said of the album: “One of the most powerful things that I heard recently was ‘Blackstar‘ by Bowie,” “I thought it was beautiful. Very moving of course, but I think one of the best things he’s ever done.”
Kate Bush is set to release her new live album ‘Before The Dawn’ on November 25. The album contains a selection of songs taken from her 2014 residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Despite ‘Before The Dawn’ being Bush’s first record in almost five years, the 58 year old has been reluctant to give interviews to promote the album; she did however, take time out of her schedule to talk openly about her love of Bowie’s work, in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian.
Discussing her relationship with Bowie, Bush stated: “Well I was asked whether I would write something, and because he meant such a lot to me, I really felt moved to do so. He was one of my great heroes when I was growing up. He was such a brave artist, so unusual, and I loved his music. I met him a few times; he was really charming and playful. But I just sort of admired what he achieved creatively.”
In reference to the notion that both artist’s had helped challenge gender stereotypes, Bush explained: “I think when I’m working creatively, I don’t really think of myself of writing as a woman. I just think of writing as me, as a person, if that makes sense.”