Dido Announces New Album & First Tour in 15 Years: 'You Start Missing Being in Front of People'

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On Monday (Nov. 12), Dido announced her long-awaited return. The English singer-songwriter will release her fifth album, Still on My Mind on March 8, followed by a 27-date world tour -- her first in 15 years. Dido also debuted a new song "Hurricane" (below).

“I spent a lot of time saying no to that question [of touring],” Dido tells Billboard, calling from New York the day after she previewed the album for the first time. “But as an artist and a songwriter, you start really missing being right in front of the people who listen to your music. It makes you a better writer and artist to actually engage with the people who listen to your music -- it’s all fundamental."

She says the songs on the upcoming album felt right to perform live, but that they won’t make up the entire set list. “I was making a list of songs we’d perform and thinking about the old songs and how much fun it’s going to be to play them again,” Dido reveals.

She first felt inclined to make music again nearly two years ago while walking down the street in London. Suddenly, she realized the only way she would make a record again was if she teamed back up with her brother, producer Rollo (Pet Shop Boys, U2, Moby). “I’d been working with loads of different people, and that was great, but for whatever reason I needed to do a proper project with my brother. I just wanted to hang out with him and make music. That’s why I ended up doing this in the first place; it was a byproduct of wanting to hang out with my big brother.’” When she called him with the idea, he dropped everything. She says, “He was totally up for it.”

Dido describes their working relationship as “having a brain that does everything.” The music they make together, she says, is a byproduct of them having a great time catching up on life and spending time with one another’s families. “Songs come [naturally] because you have ideas while you’re talking, and good music comes out of that sort of environment. We’re not trying too hard.”

Since her last album, 2013’s Girl Who Got Away, Dido has spent much of her time raising her now 7-year-old son, who she says is always introducing her to new music. She herself is big on Sigrid, Christine and the Queens and Khalid (“He has one of my favorite voices I’ve heard recently”).

But now, Dido is excited to introduce new music of her own. “You spend so long making a record in a vortex with no one really hearing it,” she says. “It’s always really exciting when people finally do.”

Check out the artwork for Still on My Mind and new song "Hurricane" below.