If you still think My Fair Lady when you hear Doolittle, you can’t have been online much in the past six months. Cyberspace has been buzzing with the British singer Eliza Caird — better known as Eliza Doolittle.
”Eliza Doolittle has been my nickname for a really long time so that’s why I kept it,” she tells Metro.
Her eponymous debut album was released recently and the reviews have been overwhelming.
”I always hoped I would do well, otherwise I wouldn’t have kept trying, but at the same time I didn’t expect it to go down so well and that people would really like it.
“I thought it would be more of a struggle to get people to get into it,” she says.
Because she produces retro-pop with quirky lyrics and favours playful clothes, Eliza Doolittle is invariably compared with Lily Allen.
“I have no idea why. If I had blonde hair I’m sure I would be compared to Duffy or Pixie Lott, I think its got to do with how I look. It’s a bit annoying especially since my music is pretty different.
“I really like Lily’s music but I just think that my music is really different and you will hear that when you listen to it.”
She admits being a bit of a pop nostalgia freak saying: ”I love it! That’s what I listen to the most. I want my music to be a mixture of a lot of things. I listen a lot to Stevie Wonder Beach boys, Kinks, Paul Simon, Carole King, I can name tons of ’60s music I love.
As is the way with young female performers, image is vital as is fashion. She admits loving Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane and many newer haute couture designers but is more comfortable in street clothes.
“My favourite stuff are Nike hightops, short shorts and a cute top.”