With her angelic vocals and atmospheric instrumentals, Billie Eilish’s work stands apart from the contemporary music landscape. The boldly original Los Angeles-hailing recording artist achieved her mainstream breakthrough in 2016 with the release of her debut single “Ocean Eyes.” Since then, Eilish has released three platinum-selling singles, a gold-selling studio EP and is currently prepping her first album. And she’ll be performing at the Empire Polo Club for Coachella 2019.
Here are a few interesting facts fans may not know about the “when the party is over” hitmaker.
1. “Ocean Eyes” wasn’t intended to be Eilish’s first single
Even though it is now a chart-topping smash, Eilish’s “Ocean Eyes” wasn’t conceived to be her first single. Billie’s dance teacher ask her to either create a song or borrow one from her brother, singer-songwriter Finneas O’Connell, for a school performance. The siblings teamed up to record a song O’Connell had written called “Ocean Eyes” and posted it on SoundCloud for the teacher to review. The track was later picked up and popularized by an influential music blog and the rest is history.
2. Billie got her start in a famous choral group
Billie has had a rather remarkable career trajectory. She began making music at 11 and was signed to a recording contract with Interscope Records at 14. However, before she received her bring break, she learned the ins and outs of musical performance as a member of the prestigious Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, which she joined at age 8.
3. Eilish takes inspiration from the hip-hop genre
Although Eilish’s music doesn’t sound much like the rest of the Top 40, she actually draws inspiration from a number of popular recording artists. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Billie named Tyler the Creator, Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean and Drake as influences. She also noted that singer-songwriters Aurora and Lana Del Rey inspire her.
4. Eilish loves horror
The “Lovely” performer has a deep affection for the horror genre. Eilish told Pop Crush that she loves horror movies and television shows like “The Babadook,” “Get Out” and “American Horror Story.” She also finds the notorious gross-out horror film “The Human Centipede” to be “really hilarious.” In fact, one long-running horror series has actually provided Eilish with musical inspiration...
5. Billie’s first song was inspired by “The Walking Dead”
In her a Harpers Bazar interview, Eilish revealed that her first original composition is a song called “Fingers Crossed” and her inspiration for penning came from an unusual source. The sweeping love song was inspired by the hit AMC zombie thriller “The Walking Dead.” In addition to being a thematic inspiration, the song’s lyrics also include references to the series’ dialog and episode titles.