Katie takes

Noth­ing seems to faze mu­sic’s new won­der­girl “Just de­scrib­ing my ex­pe­ri­ences”

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Andy Welch

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

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