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She’s only in her early 20s, but London-born singer Eliza Doolittle certainly has a strong interest in — and a good feel for — 1960s pop, rock and soul. She made some noise last year with her retro-leaning songs “Rollerblades” and “Skinny Genes,” and Doolittle will be in the heart of the Lone Star State just a few days before Capitol Records releases her self-titled debut album in the United States. In your song “Moneybox,” you sing about listening to 45s. Is vinyl your preferred listening format? And what’s in your vinyl collection?
Eliza Doolittle: “I would say vinyl is my preferred listening format because I love the old, warm sound it has, but unfortunately my collection is quite low. I only have about 15 vinyls. I have Whitney Houston, The Jackson 5 and Pink Floyd, to name a few. I grew up buying CDs, and I still do. I have quite a good collection of CDs.”

How and when did you develop your interest in 1960s pop, rock and R&B?
Doolittle: “I discovered older music listening to a pirate radio station that didn’t even have a name when I was around 13 years old. I think it was around the 90-91 frequency, and it used to play the most amazing old ’60s Motown, soul and R&B. I used to tape all the songs I liked. Once I’d heard a little taste, I would go down to Tower Records and buy the albums of all these amazing legendary artists that I was just discovering.”

What are your thoughts on this year’s Grammy performances and award winners?
Doolittle: “I did not see the Grammys this year. My friend Al Shux co-wrote ‘Empire State of Mind,’ and I was rooting for him!”

Finish this sentence: When I’m in Austin for this year’s SXSW, I will …
Doolittle: ” … sing my heart out on as many stages as I can squeeze my butt onto!”

— Introduction and interview by Chris M. Junior

Eliza Doolittle at SXSW (schedule subject to change):

* 8 p.m. March 19: The Tap Room at Six, 311 Colorado St. (official SXSW showcase)
* 11 p.m. March 19: Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W. 4th St. (official SXSW showcase)