A couple of months ago we proclaimed that British pop starlet Eliza Doolittle was one to watch. Now, we don’t want to say we told you so but we told you so.
After impressing Sydney with a slamming gig at the Oxford Art Factory, BEN HARLUM caught up with Eliza for a chat.
Your father is a director, your mother is an actress and singer – was it inevitable you’d end up in the business?
I think I’m doing my own thing as a result of watching my favourite artists on TV and listening to music in the car more than anything that my family did. My brothers and sisters do different things so it’s not like we had to be a singer.
You co-wrote all the songs on your album, do you remember the first songs you wrote growing up?
I actually remember the first song I wrote, I recorded it with my best friend and it was called Mr. Mysterious. It was a very cheesy song, copying Destiny’s Child.
Will we see it on the next album?
It’s actually quite cute, and beginners luck because all the songs I wrote after it were shit. But that one was good, if I’d put any of my early songs on an album it would be that one. [laughs]
What was the response like from the crowd in Sydney?
You know what? It was amazing. That was one of my favourite gigs, in the top five. I don’t know if it’s a Sydney thing but I felt as if the crowd were really into the music and the vibe. The atmosphere was incredible!
Surely there’s been a moment in a taxi or shopping centre where they’ve played your album over the P.A system?
I was in the HMV at the airport on the way here and my song came on in the shop! I haven’t experienced it that much, but I did have a big grin on my face.
Are you sick of the My Fair lady puns? I’m tempted to use it as this article’s headline…
I don’t mind it, obviously it’s my nickname so I don’t mind it at all!
I’ve heard that you’re a big Arsenal fan – do you think they can win the Carling Cup?
Oh! I don’t know, I don’t want to say because I’ll end up disappointed. [laughs] I don’t know how many years it’s been, we haven’t won anything in about six years – so I don’t want to jinx it!
Eliza Doolittle is available in CD stores and digitally right now.