The Rescue Rooms archives: 2015

DUA LIPA (AT PRESSURE!), DUA LIPA WILL BE PERFORMING IN THE RED ROOM FOR PRESSURE

  • Tuesday 17th November 2015

Dua Lipa

Genre:

Singer-Songwriter, pop, electro

About:

For a newly 20-year-old, Dua Lipa seems like she has her life together. The singer-songwriter has been living on her own since she was 15 years old and pursuing her career in music full time for the past four years. In 2012, she quietly released her first demo on SoundCloud. At the time, she was only 17, but her voice sounded incredibly mature. Fast-forward to this summer when her debut single, "New Love" was released. The song was produced by Andrew Wyatt and Emile Hayne, who has collaborated with breakout artists like FKA twigs and Lana Del Rey.

Lipa describes her music as dark pop. When I met up with the singer at the Nomad Hotel, she was decked out appropriately in a black mesh dress underneath a black leather jacket with a black ribbon tied around her neck. She has five tattoos on her body by Sean From Texas, including Keith Haring drawings on her thumbs that she got while filming the "New Love" music video. (She later tells me that she really likes art—Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jeff Koons are her favorites.) Fifteen minutes into a conversation with Lipa, and you'll realize that while she may have a bad-girl image on the outside, she's a total sweetheart on the inside. She's not afraid to be a pop singer, and she thinks that right now is a good time for women in music to take charge in the industry.

Despite the comparisons that have been made between her and singers like Del Rey—they actually happen to be under the same management—Lipa's heart beats for hip-hop. It's one of her biggest musical influences, and some of her favorite rappers right now are Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, and Chance The Rapper (listen to her cover "Cocoa Butter Kisses"). Get to know Dua Lipa more in the interview, below. For the record, her name really is Dua Lipa—it's not a stage name, it was given to her at birth and it means "love" in Albanian.

http://www.nylon.com/articles/dua-lipa-interview

Links:

Facebook // Website // Twitter

Listen:

Latest track 'Be The One'

Please note this is an 18+ show.

 

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