Date of Interview: 07/29/2011
Katy B is one of Britain’s rising talents from the underground scene. As a member of RINSE FM’s “community” of artists, her success is both personal and political. The release of her first single, “Katy On a Mission,” came shortly after the pirate radio station’s granting of an official broadcast license, which had spent 16 years broadcasting underground. Her success gives credence to the emergence of grime and dubstep – paying homage to her fellow musical soldiers: Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and countless others.
On July 19, 2011, Katy’s debut album, On A Mission, was nominated for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The album will be distributed States-side via Columbia Records. In support of the project’s US release – September 13, 2011 – Katy B managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on her early years at RINSE FM, the influence of DJ Geeneus, and the lessons learned from Ms. Dynamite, Britain’s top female MC.