Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blip Nation Interview: Meet Dolittle

Blipper since: January 1, 2010

Pete Dulin: What part of the world do you live in?

Dolittle: Cork on the south coast of Ireland.

Dulin: Since you began blipping, have you had any experiences that surprised you? Please explain.

Dolittle: Making friends in real life and online with some great people. Sharing a love of the same music is quite powerful. It's great when people get to know your taste and send you on something new to check out.

Dulin: What would you change about Blip.FM to make it better?

Dolittle: Besides getting rid of all the YouTube covers and bad quality videos and short samples in one fell swoop, the addition of Soundcloud, Vimeo, and bandcamp as many artists are using these.

Also it would be nice to able to discuss a song or band without leave the site and finding people on other social networks.

Dulin: What has been the most pleasant discovery, experience, or aspect of Blip.FM?

Dolittle: Discovering music that I might never have heard, sharing the same obsession with like- minded people, also means I bore some of my friends less about bands they have never heard of and have no inclination to do so.

Dulin: If you could blip one song that could reach everyone on the planet, what would you choose?

Dolittle: That's hard, Lennon's "Imagine" is a obvious choice but maybe "Blackbird" by The Beatles. It may have been symbolic of the civil rights movement in the US in the '60s but to me it's full of hope and encouragement that can be applied to many situations.

Dulin: What song would you dedicate to your best friend or parent before you left for a long journey and possibly would never see them again?

Dolittle: To my Dad, it would be "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." He would know why. To my best friend, "Old Friends/Bookend."  We spent many many hours listening to her parents' record collection when we were teenagers. Simon & Garfunkle were always in that rotation.

Dulin: What artists/albums are you excited about for 2011?

Dolittle: Obvious ones would be Radiohead, Elbow, Fleet Foxes, Beth Orton, PJ Harvey, Beck, The Kills,, The Ambience Affair, The Low Anthem, Autumn Owls and after hearing the first track from Bright Eyes that too. Trying not to build any of them up too much...and of course the ones I've yet to hear.

Dulin: Pick a favorite band or artist. What song or lyric by them best expresses an aspect of you? Tell us what and why.

Dolittle: That would probably change daily depending on how I felt and things that are going on in my life so I don't feel I can pin it down to one.

Dulin: What musician, singer, or band would you most like to meet? Why?

Dolittle: Never really a big priority for me. There are some that I'd have questions about lyrics for. Hanging out with Alison Mosshart would be neat maybe some of that uber coolness would rub off.

Dulin: Imagine you are on a reality show where you must sing karaoke to an audience of friends and family. The prize is $1 million (US) that you can keep or donate to charity. What song would you sing?

Dolittle:'ll never happen. It would bring a whole new meaning to the term "murder of crows."

Dulin: What song reminds you of being in love? Of being heartbroken?

Dolittle: Too many. They are everywhere but I'll answer with Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye."

Dulin: Think of another Blip.FM DJ. You don’t have to reveal who it is. What question would you most like to ask him or her?

Dolittle: To an ex-blipper, @MrDali where did you go?

Dulin: Do you have any thoughts about the anonymity of a social medium like Blip.FM and how people connect and/or get to know each other in that online music community?

Dolittle: I think it's a great thing. You can choose to be anonymous if that's what you want. But I have made real friends through Blip.FM and Last.FM so can be of benefit to expose yourself a little.

Dulin: Any other thoughts to share?

Dolittle: Yeah one, Blip.FM needs to work on a teleportation!


Pete Dulin is the co-publisher and editor of and writes freelance for magazines, websites, and newspapers. Always looking for the next great song, he can be found in the Blip Nation at He can be reached at, and


  1. Great work! It's nice to know the people behind the @. Thanks Pete and Dolittle.

  2. MrDali was retired for a number of reasons.
    I'm still about in a less conspicuous form.

  3. Oh dear Dolittle. I feel so guilty. I have met and hung out with Alison Mosshart several times. She used to be very sweet and shy. Thanks for the interview you guys :)