FOCUS: Eliza Doolittle, Interview, Tour Dates
by Winston "Stone" Ford
Earlier this year, a label rep for Parlophone in the UK sent me an album to get my opinion. I think he heard about my fascination with UK Females and figured he would throw another in the mix.
Anyway, I became obsessed with this album, but for some reason I didn’t blog about it. Why? Who knows? To me it’s the perfect pop album It’s rather impressive, with the 22 year old writing and composing all of the lyrics and tracks herself. And the vibe is straightforward pop, simple yet encompassing. And unlike most things you hear on the radio, she’s not trying too hard to in impress you. Once I got to the track “So High” I was sold.
So when I found out that she was giving out interviews at SXSW I jumped at the chance.
Being pop star in one country and a virtual unknown in another is always an interesting subject with me. However, even amount the hustle and bustle of 6th Street in Austin, the 22 year old chanteuse stands out. “I don’t even feel famous in the UK to be honest,” she quips, even though her self-titled debut album, peaked on the charts at number 3 and went platinum in her home country. “ I know my music is [on the top of the pop charts] and everything but I still feel the same. I’m just really excited to get more people to hear my music over here [in America].”
But while American pop is overly manufactured and almost plastic, Eliza continues a tradition of UK females who write and producer her own songs. “I learned the piano when I was little, learning more about chords and songwriting.” She says. I use it as a writing tool.” Her debut album was completely co-written by the 22 year old singer, and its sunny disposition–described as “picnic pop” by The Guardian–is fun, yet accessible. There is something about her writing that is quirky, even “cheeky,” as the Brits say.
Having that said, after a long trek through SXSW it seems like Eliza will have a ways to go before she gains a foothold in America. Will her stints this weekend at Coachella create new fans? Only time will tell.
Eliza Doolittle Tour Dates
April 19th LA, El Rey w/ Plan B
April 21st SF, Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Plan B
April 23rd Seattle, Chop Suey w/ Plan B
April 25th NYC, Mercury Lounge