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To say that Katy B‘s performance last night for MTV Hive’s livestreamed Live In NYC concert required an adjustment is somewhat of an understatement. “Usually, it’s mostly girls!” she remarked last night, surprised at the gender-breakdown of the crowd at the Studio at Webster Hall. Welcome to New York City club shows, Katy. (To be fair, her recent performances on Britain’s summer festival circuit aren’t exactly her stock in trade either. “I’m used to performing with a DJ in a proper club environment at two in the morning,” she told MTV Hive.) Whether by practice or charisma, though, she effortlessly brought her performance into harmony with the venue and crowd.
The decision to bring a five-piece backing band (keyboards, bass, drums, saxophone, and trumpet) plus a hypeman (who understood that in this situation, unlike most, less was more) transformed Katy B’s sound significantly. The performance didn’t exactly shy away from the snapshot-of-UK-house-music that is her album On A Mission?out April 1 in England but only yesterday in the United States, though “illegally downloaded,” as Katy B teased from onstage, by the many in the crowd who knew her songs well?but it did reposition the singer as an R&B frontwoman rather than a dance vocalist. Maybe this is better suited for American audiences, who by and large don’t latch onto the Caribbean-inflected syncopated rhythms of much of UK dance music.
Or maybe Katy B was just really into it. That was the overall impression she tried to make?trying not to sell any records (no one even bothered to set up a merch table) but just to inspire the crowd to dance and to feel her vibe?or as she instructed in the introduction to one song, “Get on my level.” And we tried our best.
If you missed the stream, MTV Hive will have at least part of the show available to view on demand on Monday. The full setlist is below the jump.
MTV Hive‘s Live in NYC series doubles up this week, with full sets streaming live from Rinse FM house diva Katy B tonight at 9:30PM EDT and from Irish indie-pop rockers (and You Oughta Know alums) Two Door Cinema Club tomorrow at 9:00PM EDT. We’ve told you all about Two Door Cinema Club; as for Katy B, she’s an up-and-coming UK vocalist who’s been working with some of London’s best house producers; (hear “Katy On A Mission” below).
After launching the series with Marina and the Diamonds on June 30 they invited us to last month’s excellent Horrors show, and we suspect that tonight’s and tomorrow’s shows will be just as good. (MTVHive sure loves bands from the British Isles, though, don’t they!) If you can tune in, we recommend it. If not, MTVHive should share both sets afterwards?though likely only for a limited time.
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