The Creators Project: M.I.A. Iz What It Iz
Days before the launch party for The Creators Project at New York City's Milk Studios, rumors began swirling as to who the unannounced special guest headliner would be. Most guessed it would be M.I.A., what with her album /\/\ /\ Y /\, due out on soon and her label-mates already on the docket. That thought was confirmed the day prior to the party, and if everyone who didn't already have a pass to the event wanted in, they so desperately fought to get there even more after the news broke.
The fighting continued, ok we'll be polite and call it shoving, for space near the stage before her set began led to the collapse of the photo pit, with fans straddling amps and monitors in order to reach the singer once she arrived on stage. With this having been my first opportunity to catch M.I.A. live, I had great expectations and hopes in store.
Many of those, however, were not lived up to. Maybe it's due to the new material not initially resonating with me (although, I'd like to hear the high-quality album before making any other sweeping statements regarding iit), or maybe it's due to the fact that my wallet was stolen during the performance...leaving a sour taste in my mouth post-set. Either way, I still hold out hope that she'll soon wow me with a live showing...possibly at HARD Fest where the singer seems much better suited for the festival atmosphere as opposed to the intimate underground club feel that Saturday night's space provided for the exhibition.
I will say this though: M.I.A.is what she is...something to talk about for both supporters or naysayers.
View more pictures from M.I.A.'s set here.