It's a cold and windy spring day in Brooklyn's Williamsburg nabe, so singer Kiesza's distinctive crimson bouffant is obscured under a black hood. Still, that doesn't prevent a fan from recognizing her on the street, mere blocks away from where she filmed the single-take, epically choreographed video for her breakout single, "Hideaway": "Wait a minute, I know you! Aren't you the girl from the dance video?"
This is the first such encounter for Kiesza, 25, but it certainly won't be the last. "Hideaway" is a joyous celebration of everything you loved about early-'90s dance music, with modern flourishes -- repurposing moves from "Poison," "2 Legit 2 Quit" and Janet Jackson over a beat that suggests Robin S. remixed by Disclosure. At the center of the clip is Kiesza, who puts years of ballet, tap and jazz training to effortless use -- even though, unbeknownst to her at the time, she had a broken rib. "Two days after the shoot, I swelled up so badly I couldn't move for a month," she says.
An indie release under Berklee College of Music pal Rami Afuni's Lokal Legend, "Hideaway" has racked up over 1 million views since posting to YouTube on Feb. 12 -- aided mainly by word-of-mouth, as Kiesza has declined offers from Vevo and major labels to help push the clip. "I don't want the video to be monetized -- I don't want people to have to sit through the ad," she says.