Born of Kosova-Albanian parents, 20 year old Dua Lipa grew up in London, raised on David Bowie and Bob Dylan. As a child, Lipa attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School until, aged 13, her father’s job took the family back to Kosovo. After two years, Dua’s passion to pursue a singing career in the UK led her parents to move back. Living with friends, she worked in clubs to make ends meet – the darker side of London’s nightlife inspiring her early lyrics – before scoring a modelling contract with Next Management.
Her first original songs were uploaded to SoundCloud in 2012, drawing the attention of Lana Del Rey’s managers, who signed her up and set her to work with Emile Haynie (Eminem, Bruno Mars and, naturally, Lana Del Rey).
The result is an off-kilter, it-girl sound, powered by Lipa’s deep, resonant voice; one that’s a world away from the thinly auto-tuned sound of most radio-bound pop.