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Dua Lipa delves into the creative process behind her hit song "Levitating," including how she found the perfect beat and why doughnuts played a key role in writing the lyrics.
Publish Date: Mar 23, 2021
Dua Lipa delves into the creative process behind her hit song "Levitating," including how she found the perfect beat and why doughnuts played a key role in writing the lyrics. This song was inspired by Dua's childhood influences and draws heavily from 1980s-style synths and sounds.
why Prince Blondie and when those songs are played now that just brings back such a rush of fun and exciting like emotions. And all I want to do is dance and immediately takes me back to when I was a kid and I wanted to play on that emotion and that feeling and those memories and create something with, like a fresh modern twist. I am cause I'm the producer of levitating because is such an incredible instrumentalist and producer and artist in his own right. And we've worked together for a really long time. Usually, before we go into work, I'll spend a couple weeks or a month just like coming up with ideas to play. When we hit the studio before the session ID kind of like sent him like some notes and some stuff that I've been inspired by. She definitely had the idea of blending a lot of old stuff with new stuff, and I just thought like the best way to reinterpret the past was just use old instruments. I had been looking for this synth forever called the Roland VP 3 30. I've probably been looking for 678 years and then one day I found it in Tokyo, got it back to Toronto. I just plugged it in, and literally the first thing I played was like what turned into levitating it. The whole song was basically just built around that one patch. You know, this great synthetic choir sound. It was the first thing I play on it. And I just happened to be recording because sometimes I feel it's just the best time to catch something and then just kind of looped it and started building a song around it. And then it has, like, a sound that's like analog strings. And that's also that synth Mhm. Yeah, you know, it's like you don't want a keyboard that does, like 100 things you want one that does just a couple of things really well, it just has, like, a vibe and a sound. I was kind of thinking would be cool to do. It is kind of like a slinky disco track. Yeah, mhm. It was pretty simple. A lot of these times you don't build them out too much. You just build out like just a great vibe to kind of right to and then forget about them until you hit the studio and then hit play, I wrote. Levitating was some of my close friends and collaborators Sarah Hudson, Coffee Clarence Jr and Cause, and I've worked with all three of them for so long. And Coffee is brilliant with melodies, and Sarah is very much like a fairy godmother, and she starts every session with a tarot reading. It would be like another way of opening up and talking about, like our experiences of what was going on in life, and it instantly changes the energy in the room. It's always a good laugh with all of us, but sessions are an interesting thing because it's actually quite nerve racking. And so when we went to the studio, he was like, Okay, he's like, I have some tracks He's like I'd love to, like, play some stuff that I've been working on with, like you in mind and what you kind of told me. I think maybe levitating was one of the first tracks he played. Someone would have their phone out, and just as you were playing the beats and stuff like, you get your immediate reaction to Melody and you just kind of capture it just so you don't forget it when you go back to it. This one stemmed pretty heavily from do, uh, in the room. It can happen so many different ways. People just start singing something. But I remember, like, do A really led this one. Almost immediately, we went into the melody of it and then you kind of hear Sarah in the background going, Oh, my God, it came so naturally and we were just ready to go. And we just felt like such an easy like, yes, that's what we're going into. She was like Instant on the melody, You know, you make it up along the way, but it's just all about like the feeling we had the visual of being in like an Austin Powers movie and having Mike Myers just somehow like doing some random levitating dance that we were just making up. That was just like helping give us like a mood. While we were writing the lyrics, we ordered these doughnuts because I was like, How are we going to spice this up? And so I put some donuts. We all had total like Sugar Rush and just started writing and I think that we were literally levitating from the sugar rush We had such a good feeling like going into that song If you want to run away with me I know what galaxy and I could take you for All right I had a premonition that we fell into a rhythm with the music Don't stop for life I recorded my vocals on the same day I do all the lead vocals and then some backing vocals You want me, I want you baby, My sugar boo I'm levitating We have the lyrics Sugar Boo, which is quite funny because it's