Sharliza Jelita Sharliza Jelita… Putting the ‘Singer’ in ‘Singapore’ *

Remember the name… Sharliza Jelita

Published on March 7th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams

Next up in Rocksucker’s series of hearty recommendations comes the utterly splendid “eclectro-pop” (that’s not a typo, by the way) of Singapore songstress Sharliza Jelita. Check out this corking title track from her forthcoming album for starters…

“Strange Things”

Who are you and where do you come from?

I’m Sharliza Jelita. I come from Singapore but am a long-time loyal and law-abiding immigrant of the UK.

How would you describe your music, if pushed?

It’s the varying shades between lightness and darkness. Brightly coloured confetti settling in your ears. You can hear Hot Chip, Sesame Street, Massive Attack, Trojan calypso and Indonesian lilts. I’ve christened it ‘eclectro-pop’. My album Strange Things will be released in June 2012.

Who or what are your primary inspirations for music-making?

I form open-relationships with songs I meet. Some on a deep level, some superficial, some I commit to listening for life and some I stop listening to when they lose their lustre. I combine different facets of those songs with my life experiences to produce my own.

Where can we hear your music?

Check out my candy-coloured website at or join me on Soundcloud at My next single “Claustrophobia” will be officially out soon; the video is going to look like Grand Theft Auto meets The Office! The Celebrity Murder Party mix is very boogie-worthy. You can buy and listen to the song on iTunes:

Which have been your most exciting gigs so far?

They have all been memorable. I like wearing my tiger suit and playing with my mechanical dog, cat and rabbit. They haven’t been named, for some reason.

Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)

I will start gigging in May/June, when my album comes out. When people start asking me when my next gig is, it’s a good sign I should get out there. I’m looking for sponsors!

Recommend three albums that we might not have heard of…

Lone – Echolocations EP
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Six Degrees EP

Any other unsigned artists you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?

Afua, who is in my band. Sportsday aka Dan Middler. Jess Morgan.

Sharliza, thank you.

“No Go Pogo”

* Yes, we realise that doesn’t quite work when written down.


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Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.

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