Super-sexy singer-songwriter Dua Lipa is releasing her debut album on 2 June - but even more important than that, she’s performing at this month’s Birmingham Pride! The Hotter Than Hell star spoke to Zone about her upcoming Midlands appearance and plenty more besides...
You’re playing the Main Stage at Birmingham Pride this month. What can audiences expect from your headline performance?
I’m so excited about it! Last year I did Brighton Pride, and the energy was just amazing. I’m really, really looking forward to it - it just gives me such pleasure.
And we've heard it's going to be a fully live performance with your band...
Yeah, absolutely. It’s just going to be like the live shows that I do for my own tour. My band come everywhere with me.
The theme for this year’s festival is Love And Pride, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. What message would you like to pass on to the Midlands LGBT community?
Just be loud and proud and be free. Just do what makes you happy and be yourself!
You’re releasing your self-titled debut studio album on 2 June. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
I’m very excited about it coming out. I feel like it’s been a long time coming. It’s pop, but it touches on a lot of different genres. It’s very personal and autobiographical, and I’ve only spoken about experiences that I know. I’m nervous to see what people think and if they like it. I’m also excited to see if it’s what fans were expecting or whether it surprised them.
What's the next single set to be?
We’ve just released a song called Lost In Your Light with Miguel.
Since the start of 2017, you’ve released hit singles with both Sean Paul and Martin Garrix. How did that come about, and what was it like working with them?
I’ve been very, very lucky to work with them. Everyone that I’ve worked with has been so humble and hard working, and it’s been an absolute treat. I feel very lucky and grateful for the opportunities that have come about. Both Martin Garrix’s and Sean Paul’s teams reached out to me after listening to my work, and they both really wanted to work with me. It’s been such a magical journey!
Are there any more collaborations on the album?
Well, there’s the Miguel one that I just mentioned, but there’s also one with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Your tracks have notched up over 400 million views on YouTube alone in the last year. That's kind of staggering, isn't it?
Now when you say it like that, yes, it is staggering! I had no idea myself! It’s amazing to see the music being received so well. It’s going to make me work harder, and it’s good to know people are listening and paying attention. It’s cool!
From the age of 14, you were posting covers of your favourite songs on YouTube. Who would you say are your biggest influences in the music world?
I’ve always been very influenced by P!nk, Nelly Furtado and Destiny’s Child. They’ve been the main artists that I’ve really looked up to.
You grew up listening to your father, rock singer Dukagjin Lipa. He must have been a big influence with regard to your career?
Absolutely! Growing up in a musical household and being around music all the time, it was kind of inevitable that I’d follow suit and try to make a career out of it.
You’ve been spending a lot of time in LA recently. Can you see yourself moving over there permanently in the future?
I don’t know. I’m really happy living in London because I don’t really get to be there that often. And if I didn’t live here, I feel like I’d never get to come here. I enjoy going to LA for a couple of weeks or a few months at a time, but London will always be home.
Finally, what does the future hold for Dua Lipa?
Lots of touring, and obviously the album is coming out soon. So hopefully lots of travelling the world, doing what I love and doing lots of it - I’m excited to see where it takes me!
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