Get ready to meet one of the coolest rising stars of the music industry. After releasing her debut single, ‘New Love’ earlier this year, Dua Lipa has already got over 200k views. She’s also been noticed and praised by the likes of Nylon and Wonderland. Pretty amazing, right?
The London-born singer-songwriter grew up listening to a huge range of music. Her dad was a musician, so she knew her Tupac from her David Bowie from an early age.
Here Dua talks to List for Life about style, P!nk and owning it.
1. How did you get into the music industry?
I’ve always wanted to sing. It just took a lot of perseverance to get to where I am today. You can never giving up on what you believe in. That really was what helped me get into the music industry.
2. How would you describe yourself as an artist?
We’re at a great place in time, especially in music, where you can be who you are and own it! I just love having fun and being free. Being able to put that into my music is the best. I’d say musically my sound is dark pop. I’ve been strongly influenced by hip hop too. My new single ‘Be The One’ was produced by London-based electronic producer Digital Farm Animals, and the video was directed by Nicole Nodland, who has worked with Lana Del Rey and Paz de La Huerta.
3. We love what you wear! How would you describe your personal style?
I wear loads of flowery and floaty clothing. Then I have to have my leather jacket which I throw over the top. I absolutely cannot leave the house without my leather jacket. I’m also obsessed with Topshop’s high waisted mom jeans.
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4. How do you decide what to wear to work/gigs?
When I’m in the studio my clothing is usually comfy. That could be pyjamas, baggy tops, basically nothing too tight. At gigs, well I’m just about to start, but again it has to be something im comfortable moving around in. I love glitter so that’s happening.
5. What’s a typical working day like for you?
A typical working day for me involves working in the studio all day every day. It’s non-stop.
6. What would your advice for getting yourself noticed?
Just be yourself! And always promote your work…you have got be proud of it. If you’re not then you aren’t doing it right! You have to be prepared to blow your own trumpet, so to speak.
7. What artists do you admire?
I love P!NK and Nelly Furtado. They’re both amazing and really inspirational.
8. What has been the biggest “pinch me” moment of your career so far?