Dua Lipa: “I’ve Been Dying To Perform These Songs”
Dua Lipa has spoken to NPR’s Morning Edition about finally taking her Future Nostalgia show on tour, self-doubt and her new podcast.
The pop sensation revealed how much she’s been looking forward to going on tour – her shows were postponed because of the global pandemic. “I’ve been dying to get out on the road, to finally perform these songs. When we finally got the chance to go out on the road in the US, there was this whole surge of excitement and adrenaline. It’s like, wow, we finally get to do this.”
Dua went on to open up about how public opinion has affected her as she has become more successful, “I have self doubt, I’m only human. [Laughs] Although I have a passion for what I do, because I really love music, when things start to get bigger and people start to have an opinion on something you love so much, then you start to listen to the background noise. In the beginning, when I first started, the response was like, ‘Oh, this is so good.’ Then, all of a sudden, there was like a turning point, and it just completely shifted and changed. Social media just kind of took over. There was this one little dance routine that I did when I was performing, and people took that one little snippet and decided to base my whole stage presence and who I was as a performer on stage.
“I think at that point, there [were] moments of self-doubt, even though it was kind of unfair because a lot of the people that had sent in those messages or were saying things online actually hadn’t been to a show. Social media is kind of run on this toxic currency of ‘who can make people laugh at the expense of others.'”
The singer also spoke about her podcast, Dua Lipa At Your Service, “he podcast journey has been interesting, and it’s been something that I’ve been quite nervous about, but I’ve also made a pact with myself that I wanted to be outside of my comfort zone. We’re all going through this very human experience, whether you’re in the public eye or not. I have this belief that everyone can be of service to somebody else just by talking honestly about your experiences. I set out as it being just of service to other people, and I found that this has also been such a service to myself as well. It’s been interesting in this season, there’s been this common theme of duality with so many of my guests.”