A name you may already be familiar with as one-third of Skinny Girl Diet, Delilah Holliday gave us the first taste of her solo works back in 2018 with her mixtape Lady Luck Vol. 1. Last autumn she gifted us her latest single ‘Rise of the Phoenix’, further enchanting us with her glorious sound that is distinctly apart from the riotous punk of Skinny Girl Diet. We caught up with Holliday to talk her earliest musical memory, dream gig, and her dog’s Insta account.

Released in November,  ‘Rise of the Phoenix’ offers a sultry, nostalgia-tinged trip into a world of rumbling, glistening percussion and dusky, velvety vocals further reflected in the atmospheric visuals of the music video. “Rise of the Phoenix is a song about rebirth after a dark time” Holliday expresses on the track, “I finished writing it when I was in the old town of southern Portugal. I got really inspired by the cobbled streets and the old untouched buildings. When the song was finished I spoke to the co-director Carter O’Sullivan, who was also with me on the trip. We hired a car and drove down to Lisbon. We decided to just start shooting beautiful things that caught our eyes on my iPhone. The goal was to create a serendipitous home movie almost like found footage from the late 1950s”A hugely impressive return, we certainly look forward to hearing what’s next from her as a solo artist.

Get to know Delilah Holliday In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

Sunny Psychedelic Bliss

Last photo on your phone…

I took a picture of Alton Barnes white horse on milk hill, it was in a newspaper I was reading. I thought it looked cool.

Favourite instagram account…

My dogs account @worldofbizkitholliday

All jokes aside i really like accounts like @rinnyriot she makes excellent, funny art about being a woman of colour, @sofire94 because not only is she a great tattooist she also creates amazing graffiti murals and @adapt_____ because I love the graphics they make to spread awareness about global warming and the political issues with what’s going on Britain at the moment.

The best venue I’ve played…

I really loved playing at the Rio cinema in Dalston with my other project @skinnygirldiett I was living my old Hollywood fantasies out, I love the red velvet curtains. Playing at the roundhouse supporting primal scream was insane aswell.

Earliest song you remember…

Don’t tell me by Madonna, I had it on cassette when I was 4 years old and I used to play it everyday and sing it out my window.

The worst job I’ve ever had…

This awful 1950’s reproduction brand (not gonna say the name) the area manager kept watching the staff on cctv from her iPhone when she wasn’t in the store in her spare time. I didn’t like it so I left.

Favourite food on tour…

Anything fast from a petrol station, if I’m in another country though I always wanna try the local delicacies

My Favourite word…

Delightful

Things that cheer me up…

Burning incense, meditating, talking to my family and loved ones, eating, travelling, making music and performing it for people.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Red rock in Colorado it’s this beautiful open-air amphitheatre in the mountains it looks like something special.

I think you should listen to…

Greentea peng is definitely an artist I’ve always wanted to see exist, love her voice and her music! Also check out my friends Fatima and Harve they are both singer songwriters, amazing voices and are extremely talented.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

I would wanna have a front-row seat at any of the jazz or Motown greats. Billie Holiday or Sarah Vaughn in particular. I would also wanna see Marilyn Monroe sing happy birthday mr president to J F Kennedy that would be jokes or be backstage at a David Bowie gig either or would be great, cheers London in Stereo.