Nothing seems to faze music’s new wondergirl “Just describing my experiences”
WHILE Prince William and Kate Middleton hogged the headlines on their wedding day, another “Katie” was gearing up for one of the biggest nights of her life. and dancing. And most of the songs on her album On A Mission, released last month to almost universal praise, are about going out dancing. Unlike many American stars, whose club experiences seem to involve expensive liquor and putting their “hands in the air”, On A Mission is the work of a dedicated clubber. There are songs about flirting with attractive strangers, and those fleeting moments of getting lost in the music. “I started going out when I was about 17, about the same time I met the guys from Rinse FM,” she said, referring to the pirate radio station-cumrecording stable she’s now signed to. “Dubstep nights, funky house, MCs, whatever. I used to go out really early and I never used to drink or anything either because I was always in work the next day. “I just love being with my mates, dancing to my favourite music. With my own music, I wanted to make something people can dance to, but I also love lyrics, so it has to be interesting for me as a writer too. “I suppose I’m just describing my experiences. I can understand why people are always singing about having their hands in the air, but I don’t want to say stuff like that.” Before her album, which went straight in at No 2, came out Katie was constantly asked whether she felt nervous about its release, after around four years of writing and recording. She says: “I kept thinking, ’Why should I be nervous?’ and they’d say, ’You know, reviews and that’ and then of course I was terrified. “The thought of people rating it out of five and
WEDDING BELLS: Prince William and Kate kiss on the balcony.
But as she prepared for the first date of her debut UK tour, 21-year-old Katie Brien, more popularly known as singer Katy B, couldn’t escape the all-consuming spectacle. “I watched a bit on the telly. Hard to ignore, innit?” said Katie, who grew up in Peckham, just a few miles from the scene of the royal wedding, but where tiaras are rarely sighted. “I’m not that bothered, but I’m not anti-royal. I did get sucked in, though, so I had to stop myself after a bit. I was shocked the Beckhams were there. What for? Are they unofficial royalty now?” She makes it clear she wouldn’t have felt comfortable with that many eyes on her. In fact, the longer you speak to Katie, the more it becomes apparent the only thing she’s really interested in is singing