Lubiana Wants You To Feel Empowered with ‘Touch Me’
Select Model London
By David Paul
Following the path of successful Albanian singers like Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Bebe Rexha, who are dominating the world’s charts - Lubiana is ready to step on the scene. Growing up in West London as 1st generation of immigrants, the now 24- year- old was exposed to a whole array of new sights and sounds which contributed to her musical growth. Inspired by the early 2000’ culture, the songstress debut single ‘Touch Me’ is tackling the importance of self love and standing up for yourself..
Did you always know you wanted to be a singer?
I always knew I wanted to be a singer, from young. I would always study live performances of Beyonce or Whitney or Selena to learn from them, I would rehearse the songs, practice the steps. I’ve always loved it so much.
How was it like to grow up in Warwick Avenue as an immigrant and how did it influence your music?
It was great, a lot of fun...I'm so proud to be from Albania and to have had an upbringing in West London. To be honest, I think I got the best of both worlds. There's such a mix of cultures in West London, being from Albania I could bring my own flavour with me whilst growing up amongst a whole array of new sights and sounds, where I got a lot of inspiration for my music. It’s a unique experience, to be exposed to such a variety of influences and carve out your own self from it. I am so blessed, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Is it important for you to pay homage to your roots in your songs?
Oh we Albanians are very proud of where we are from - it’s not a joke lol. Music wouldn't feel right to me if I didn't pay homage to my roots. I’d have my parents playing Fatmira Brecani on one side of the house and me playing Tupac on the other.
Who were your musical role models growing up?
Beyonce was a very big role model for me, Whitney Huston, Jennifer Lopez, Selena, Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill just to name a few.
Do you remember the first song you wrote?
I'd be lying if I said I do, lol. I was listening to some of my own music yesterday on my laptop and I came across a song I’d written four years ago that I completely forgot about. It’s safe to say - I much prefer my music now.
What does songwriting mean to you?
It’s a magical process, whatever the song is...if it’s emotional, if it’s lighthearted, if it’s got a lot of attitude, it's always a unique experience because whatever you’re feeling or going throughinthatmomentintimeyou'llwriteaboutit. LikeIdidlastnight,youcomebacktoit a few years later down the line and the words you're listening to take you straight back to that moment in time. You're there again and then you can see how much you've grown, how much you've overcome, It’s a surreal feeling, putting words on a page is putting yourself on that page, creating a journey and watching it unfold - it’s MAD.
Speaking of songwriting, what was the inspiration behind your new song “Touch Me”?
“Touch me” was a very fun experience, I wanted to make a song for my ladies. The lyrics are very powerful. I wanted to be able to speak for all women around the world. Being clear that we do is for us, we look good for ourselves, we dress up nice for ourselves. I just wanted it to be fun, not too serious, it’s a simple idea, but a necessary one, I wanted to make women feel empowered and strong and beautiful when they run “Touch Me”.
“Touch Me” is very much influenced by the early 2000s, what do you associate the most with that time period?
I grew up on all that music, all the movies (Honey, Step Up etc) the whole style of that period. It all came together as a package for me. I loved every aspect of it, because it was a continuous performance. You couldn’t have the music without the dancers, you couldn’t have the clothes without the cars etc. Every bit of it was like a whole production, always consistent, always fluid - they never lacked.
Is there going to be a follow up to “Touch Me”? Maybe even a full album?
Of course! I'm going to be releasing my second single “Sugar” soon! Which I'm very excited about. A full album is definitely on the table in due time. I look forward to taking that step but right now I’m just focused on where I’m at, debut single has dropped and I’m going to be coming at you fast from here on in, I know where my ambitions are but I also know how I need to get there - walk with me x
Since dancing is another passion of yours, are you excited to perform your own music live on stage?
Oh I can't wait! Picturing myself on stage is what I've dreamt of since i was little Lubi haha! And being able to dance and sing my own music to people will be an overwhelming feeling for me. I'm extremely looking forward to it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still making music, still dropping bangers, being able to continue working with people who inspire me greatly and hopefully inspiring others. I just want to enjoy the process, perfect my craft and make sure I’m better than everyday that’s gone before.
Lubiana is represented by @SelectModelLondon