Katy kicks up a song and dance

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KATY B’s debut album went straight in at No 2 in the charts, but the 21-year-old singer is feeling a little bowled over now she’s seen as a star in her own right.

 Most of the songs on her album On A Mission, released last month to almost universal praise, are about going out dancing, the work of a dedicated clubber.

KATY B’s debut album went straight in at No 2 in the charts, but the 21-year-old singer is feeling a little bowled over now she’s seen as a star in her own right.

 Most of the songs on her album On A Mission, released last month to almost universal praise, are about going out dancing, the work of a dedicated clubber.

 There are songs about flirting with attractive strangers, the euphoria of dancing to loud music 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 says, referring to the pirate radio station-cum-recording stable she’s now signed to.

 “Dubstep nights, funky house, MCs, whatever.

 “I just love being with my mates, in front of a sick sound system, dancing to my favourite music. With my own music, I wanted to make something people can dance to, but I also love lyrics as well, so it has to be interesting for me as a writer too. I suppose I’m just describing my experiences.”

 Comparisons have been made to Adele, who kept her album off the top spot, and Jessie J. Both, like Brien, are London girls who graduated from the Brit performing arts school in Croydon.

 It’s lazy, perhaps, but the music industry likes putting artists in boxes. Brien’s typically relaxed about such suggestions, as she seems about most things.

 “Well I guess I am a girl,” she says. “They’re obviously girls as well, but everyone’s got their own style. It’s fine, I don’t mind comparisons, really.”

 Before her own album, Brien had lent her voice to a number of tracks over the past three or four years, most notably Good Life with DJ Geeneus, who runs Rinse FM, and Magnetic Man’s Perfect Stranger.

 It’s often thought the role of featured artist is an unfulfilling one, appearing on songs by anyone who asks, consigning the singer to a life of anonymity away from the track in question.

 Brien, however, would have been quite happy with that career path.

 “I love singing on people’s records,” she beams. “No offence, but featured artists don’t have to do interviews.

 “I’m quite a shy person, so the idea of people quoting what I say is really daunting.

 “It’s amazing to have the chance to do my own thing, but really I just love singing.”