A Few Moments With Eliza Doolittle

Eliza Doolittle
CREDIT: Valerie Phillips
In the UK, Eliza Doolittle is a platinum-selling recording artist. In the United States, she's just starting to make a name for herself. But with a five-song EP, a recent stint as the iTunes Single Of The Week, and a playful and sexy new video, we're hoping she becomes as well-known here as she is in her homeland.

Eliza was kind enough to sit down and talk with us about her videos and her influences.

Thanks so much for chatting with us today, Eliza! How are you doing?
I am fine thank you. How are you?

Great, thanks! Your single, "Rollerblades," was recently the iTunes Single Of The Week. How did that come about?
I did a couple of showcases in LA and San Francisco and I think there were some iTunes people there. They enjoyed what they saw and I got lucky!

In the video for "Rollerblades," you're seen riding around on a bicycle. Can you actually rollerblade?
Not really, which is one of the reasons why I didn't. But I also thought that it would be really cheesy to have a rollerblade video.

We featured your new video for "Skinny Genes" as our Song of the Day back in December. The new version is playfully sassy and sexy, just like the song, and is a far cry from the original video, which relied on special effects. Why did you shoot a new video?
Well I re-released it in the UK and with a re-release, thought we should do a re-video. I wanted to emphasize the sexual innuendo in the song and the new video was a great way to do that.

There seems to be some great onscreen chemistry in the "Skinny Genes" video. Are any of the people who appear in the video your friends?
Most of them were my friends apart from some of the dancers; it was so much fun it was like one of our real parties.

How much fun was it to think up all the visual sexual innuendos found in the video?
That was the best part.

Which was your favorite?
My favorite is the train going through the tunnel and the light switch.

You have a really unique musical style, you sound modern yet retro at the same time. How do you describe your sound?
I always find it difficult to describe my own music because being so close to it, my perception is a bit fuzzy but it is fun to hear other people's descriptions. I will let you decide.

Who are your musical influences?
I don't know who influences my direction, but I listen to everything from Stevie Wonder to Radiohead, Steely Dan, Musiq Soul Child, Destiny's Child, Carole King, The Kinks, The Beatles and I could go on and on.

You've posted cover songs on your YouTube channel like The Beatles' I'm Only Sleeping, Radiohead's Creep, Cee-Lo's Fuck You, and two Coldplay songs. Any plans to make these available for your fans to download?
I think all of the cover songs are a good laugh and me and my band love messing with our favorite music and it's a really good way to interact with people online. I don't have any plans to release as yet.

Along with Johnny Depp, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Glen Matlock, Nick Cave, Paloma Faith, and Bobby Gillespie, you were part of Shane MacGowan's charity single for Haiti, "I Put A Spell On You." What was it like to record with a Pogue, a Pistol, a Pretender, and the others? How did you get involved with that project?
I still have no idea. It was crazy to be there among such legends. I didn't really belong there, but I am not complaining.

Now if you don't mind, I'd like to ask you The CB3, the three questions we ask every guest. Thriller or Purple Rain?

Debbie Gibson or Tiffany?
Who are they? I like the name Tiffany better though.

And finally, Pretty In Pink or Sixteen Candles?
I haven't seen either but I am a fan of scented candles in the bath.

Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us today! We wish you the best of luck and can't wait to hear more music!
Thank you.

For more information on Eliza Doolittle, visit her website, friend her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

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