The chances are you’ve been belting out ‘Hotter Than Hell’, this week. After all, it HAS been hotter than hell… and Dua Lipa‘s hit single is just too darn’ catchy.
Maximum Pop! were lucky enough to catch up with Dua Lipa, recently. We spoke to her about her upcoming debut album (out 2nd June) and we can 10000% confirm that it will have you dancing for days.
The popstar told us all about her music taste, she also revealed what it was like working with one of the BIGGEST superstars on the planet. Eeek! How exciting!
Hi Dua Lipa! Congratulations on your new album! We’ve been listening to it non stop – it’s fantastic!
Thank you so much, I’m really glad you like it!
What you were trying to achieve with the album?
Well, all the songs on it are about personal experiences. I guess I wanted to get as much as myself out there for fans to be able to know another side of me, not only musically but also personally.
It’s essential a pop album but it’s diverse and it touches on lots of different genres, which, again, shows another side of who I am artistically and what inspires me.
So what do you want fans to take away from it?
A lot of the songs are about empowerment. They’re all very relevant and because, as I say, they’re all about things that are very personal to me.
After, I started releasing some of my earlier songs and saw such great reactions from the fans and how much they related to the music, it motivated me to write more about personal things and to show people that we all go through the same things. We’re not alone. I want to show them [fans] that I’m here, I can completely relate to their situations and that we can share honest moments like this.
That sounds great! Do you have a favourite track?
It’s a really tough one because they’re all different. I really like a song called ‘No Goodbyes’. Also… ‘Genesis’ and ‘Homesick’ and ‘New Rules’. I don’t know, there’s lots of songs that I really love on it! It’s quite tough to pick!
Speaking of ‘Homesick’, you collaborated with Coldplay‘s Chris Martin on it. What was that experience like?
It was amazing, he’s such a great artist. I really admire him and he’s a person that really inspires me so it was really cool to get to work with him, write a song and learn from one of the best artists, out there. He’s been through every thing I’m doing, so it was really nice to get to talk to him about touring, about the album and just get lots of different advice from him.
That sounds incredible. Do you still have moments where you get starstruck or everything feels a little surreal?
Yeah! Even when I sat down with Chris for the first time I told him that I went to go and see him at Glastonbury. I think it’s really, really nice to tell someone that you admire them and you admire their work. Even if sometimes people find it funny, it’s incredibly important to tell someone that you love what they do – so I never really shy away from that.
What artists did you listen to growing up? We heard that your Dad was a musician.
Well my parents listened to a lot of Stereophonics, Radiohead, The Police, David Bowie and Bob Dylan. I listened to Pink, Nelly Furtado, Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child.
Then when I moved to Kosovo, everybody over there listened to hip hop. There are so many different artists that I really love. One of my first concerts was 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg.
When I was writing the album, I was trying to bring all these genres together to create something that I can really identify with – it’s a mixture of all of them that really make up the album.
And what about currently? What albums are you obsessed with at the minute?
I love the new Kendrick album I think it’s amazing. There’s a new artist called Steve Lacy and he just released an EP and I think that’s really great – there’s an amazing song on it called ‘Ride’.
I love J Hus’ album, too. It’s called ‘Common Sense’. There’s also an artist called Khalid who has an album out called ‘American Teen’ – that’s also great.
It seems like you’ve got a busy summer ahead of you! You’re performing at Glastonbury. What can fans expect from the set?
Glastonbury is one of my favourite festivals. I’ve gone just as a punter with friends, as well as performed, and I enjoy it so much. I don’t think there’s a festival quite like it. Nothing compares to it, so it’s really exciting.
I’m always going to try and bring something new and something special to the set. Obviously, the album will be out by then so it will be fun to get to perform the songs before I do my album tour. As a live set goes, it will just be a lot of fun and it will feel very, very new.
Amazing. Lastly, we wanted to know do you have any advice to teenagers who want to pursue a career in music?
Well my advice would be to set your intentions on your goals and to never lose site of them. Also work really, really hard.
There are going to be so many times where you’re going to find yourself a bit confused and want to give up in a way, but don’t do it! Keep going, because if you’re very persistent and you work hard and believe in your art, there will be a way and you’ll make it work – absolutely.
I also think people should use social media to their advantage. Times are changing so much, there are so many millennials, young people and independent artists making crazy waves in music all on their own.
Thank you so much Dua Lipa. Have a great day.
Thank you! You too!
Dua Lipa’s new album comes our 2nd June. Fancy seeing her live? Dates for her headline tour in October and November, can be found on her website.