“You’ve got to work really, really hard — not just for music, but for anything you do in life,” London singer Dua Lipa said about her come-up to pop star in See In Blue, a new documentary short film produced by The FADER and YouTube Music. “I didn’t think having a career like this was in my reach,” she continued. As the daughter of a musician, Dua Lipa grew up surrounded by music, inspired by listening to Christina Aguilera, Stereophonics, and Robbie Williams as a teen. At 15, she started posting videos on YouTube, showcasing her powerful voice with covers of her favorite songs. But the transition from recording in her bedroom to recording in studios wasn’t always easy. “I’ve had ups and downs trying to find myself,” she said about the process of discovering her sound.
In this new mini doc, we see the pop singer in the studio, meeting fans on the street, and old home footage of her singing when she was a young child in London. It’s not just about her music, but it’s also about who Dua Lipa is as an artist. Fans get to discover her creative identity. “I’m scared because at the end of the day this represents me and no one else,” says Dua Lipa. “If you take away all the production it’s just the bones of the proper soul.” She also talks about quitting her restaurant job when she finally got signed to a label, and the surreal-ness of going into the studio for work every day. While taking hints of J. Cole and hints of Nelly Furtado, she combines her influences to make one great R&B inspired-pop song.
Watch See In Blue above, and read The FADER’s interview with Dua Lipa here.