Bat for Lashes
Bat for Lashes (real name Natasha Khan) was born 25th October 1979 to a Pakistani father and English mother.
Bat for Lashes got involved in music after going travelling to the US and Mexico and later completed a degree in music and visual arts and created many types of multi-media artwork.
Post-further education, Khan worked on material for debut album which was released digitally via Drowned in Sound records and on special 7” records. Moving to well established label Echo, which housed the likes of Moloko star Róisín Murphy; she went on to release her debut album Fur and Gold.
The album reached #48 in the UK Album Chart and gained Silver status (selling over 60,000 copies) and made Bat for Lashes a global star. She went on to tour the US in 2007 and appeared at Glastonbury music festival in 2007.
Bat for Lashes was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize but it failed to materialise into an award. Although nominated for many awards, it would be three years until Kahn went on to gain recognition with UK Asian Music Awards - Best Alternative Act and Ivor Novello Awards - Best Contemporary Song (Daniel).
Bat for Lashes second album Two Suns was released in April 2009 and was influenced by her journey to Joshua Tree Desert and living in Brooklyn, New York surrounded by cool electro-alternative bands such as MGMT and experimenting with the likes of Yeasayer for beats programming.
For the next two years, Bat for Lashes became the new darling on the ailing British alternative scene and she performed at the iTunes Festival at The Round House, Somerset House, Strand and Glastonbury (Somerset) again.
In 2010 Bat for Lashes supported Coldplay on their South American leg of their tour, and went on to collaborate with Beck on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack.