New Music Heaven : Billie Eilish

September 9, 2018

Billie Eilish, a 15-year-old songstress from Los Angeles, gained attention with debut single "Ocean Eyes," and continues to gain popularity for her unique style and couldn't-care-less atttitude.

“I want to say things that people think but nobody says,” she explains. “I like to make myself uncomfortable and spend my day out of my comfort zone musically and in terms of how I look. I really like being judged. I don’t care if it’s a good or bad judgment, I’m in your head now, and you’re thinking about me.”

In many ways, Billie has been working towards this in earnest since birth. Her wise and warm actor/teacher/artist parents fondly recall, “She couldn’t go without singing for even a moment.” By eight-years-old, she joined the renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and would go on to perform everywhere from Japan to the Hollywood Bowl with John Williams and Walt Disney Concert Hall. A lifelong dancer, she also became a part of a dance company at Revolution Dance Center. Within the family’s East Los Angeles quaint creative oasis complete with a handmade treehouse and trapeze equipment, mom homeschooled Billie.

“Since I wasn’t forced to do anything, it made me want to learn and do certain things,” she says.

The artist developed a keen appetite for music discovery, constantly combing Soundcloud and the internet at large for underground rap and chill artists. Simultaneously, she and Finneas quietly wrote and recorded a host of music, culminating with the breakthrough of “Ocean Eyes.”

“I was going through something with this boy who had deep blue ocean eyes,” she sighs. “I was really in love with him, at least I thought I was. He wasn’t interested though. Finneas brought me the song, and it meant so much to me—it still does.”

Her follow-up single “Bellyache” trots along on bright acoustic guitars before spinning out into a bass boom and unexpected, cinematic lyrics like, “Sitting all alone, mouthful of gum in the driveway, my friends aren’t far, in the back of my car, lay their bodies” and “My V is for Vendetta. I thought that I’d feel better. Now I got a bellyache.”

“When I write, I try to become different characters,” exclaims Billie. “You can write a song about being in love with someone, but you don’t have to be in love with anyone. You can write a song about killing someone, but you don’t have to have killed people. ‘Bellyache’ is one of those characters.”

Billie’s “gloom pop,” as she appropriately dubs it, is nothing short of magic as it continually surprises.

“I don’t want to ever write or sing the same way everyone else does,” she leaves off. “It’s just me, and I’m always going to be myself.”

This week, we're trying out her latest single "You Should See Me In A Crown." When you hear it on 94/7, text HOT or NOT to 44624 to let us know what you think, and you'll be entered for a chance at tickets to CHVRCHES at the Schnitz on September 26th! And make sure you're in the 94/7 Nation to get a free download of the song sent to your inbox this week.