TIDAL Rising: Dua Lipa
When she left her London home at the age of 15, Dua Lipa was determined to make it in the world of music.
Now, at the age of 20, her deep, smoky voice and rhythmic flow have carried her to studios in London, Los Angeles, Stockholm, New York and Toronto, and into sessions with Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs), Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow, Charli XCX) and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Her first single, the love anthem “New Love,” came out last June to broad critical acclaim, with The 405 dubbing it “a contender for the strongest debut of 2015.”
Since then, Dua Lipa has released a myriad of promising singles, singles that characteristically exhibit the interplay between her firm pop roots and her aural affection for the sounds and styles of hip-hop and soul. Following subsequent singles “Hotter Than Hell,” “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” “Last Dance” and “Be the One,” Dua Lipa kick’s off a month-long U.S. tour with Troy Sivan today. Her eponymous full-length debut is set for release in February 2017.
We sat down with Dua Lupa in an effort to get to know the rising talent just a little bit better.
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Who is Dua Lipa? Can you introduce yourself?
I’m a singer-songwriter from London via Kosovo.
When and how did you start making music?
My father was a musician so I’ve always been surrounded by music and it’s always been a big part of my life.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
Nelly Furtado and P!nk.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?
Missundaztood by P!nk.
Your father, Dukagjin Lipa, is something of a rock star in his own right. What advice or guidance has he given you for your own career?
To never give up and to always work hard for what I want.
Tell us about your upcoming full-length debut. What do we get and what does it mean to you?
It’s a very personal record and it’s all very autobiographical. I feel like once it’s out people will really get to know me and finally understand why I’ve called the genre dark pop.
Recommend another rising band/artist you believe in.
Mabel, I think she’s really cool and I think there’s something special about her.
What’s next for Dua Lipa?
I’m currently on my first headlining European tour and I’m just about to go on tour with Troye Sivan in the United States!
And finally, if your music was a [choose: car/tree/animal/food/physical object] what type would it be? Please describe.
A rose: it’s pretty to look at but it certainly has thorns!
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