'Surreal' working with Coldplay frontman

Dua Lipa, who collaborated with Coldplay's Chris Martin on the track Homesick, is releasing her debut album next month.
Dua Lipa, who collaborated with Coldplay's Chris Martin on the track Homesick, is releasing her debut album next month.PHOTO: ALOYSIUS LIM/WARNER MUSIC SINGAPORE

British singer Dua Lipa not only got to collaborate with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin on her upcoming, self-titled album, but she also got a bit of life advice from him in the process.

The 21-year-old singer, who is behind hits such as Be The One and Blow Your Mind, revealed this to the local media when she was in town on Monday to perform a fivetrack acoustic set at a private showcase at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach.

Speaking to The Straits Times before the set, she admitted that working with Martin, who is her label mate at Warner Music, on the track Homesick was "really exciting, but also really scary".

She said it was surreal to get to sit at the piano with him.

"He's so distinctive in the way he works - the second he sits down and is playing piano, you're like, s***, that's Coldplay!

"I wanted to impress him, so I wrote lots of lyrics and was trying to compare our notes," she added.

Working with an experienced star like Martin, 40, is a coup for Lipa, who started off doing YouTube covers seven years ago, at age 14.

"I told him about my experiences, travelling and stuff, and he shed light on something he's lived through for so long," she said.

"Sometimes, I can get overwhelmed and overwork myself, and he was like, 'You've also got to remember to stop and do things for yourself and be kind to yourself.'"

While she is in the nascent stage of her career and her debut album has yet to be released, Lipa is no stranger to high-profile collaborations.

The 12-track album, due out on June 2, has already spawned hit singles such as Lost In Your Light, a duet with American R&B singer Miguel. Outside of her album, she has also worked on smash hit Scared To Be Lonely with electronic dance music's "it" boy, Martin Garrix.

Having gained fame from her YouTube covers of songs by her favourite artists, such as Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado, which she said were a great way to get her foot in the door with studios and other artists, she is both nervous and excited about putting out a proper album after a two-year wait.

"I owe it to myself and my fans to be as honest and as much of an open book as possible, so the songs I've chosen for this album are a lot about love, loss and heartbreak," she said, describing the tracks.

"As a debut album, it's really who I am as an artist and a person. I felt it was right to name it after myself, without it being weird."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2017, with the headline ''Surreal' working with Coldplay frontman'. Print Edition | Subscribe