When Billie Eilish was 15 years old she heard her brother and his bandmates writing a song, she knew that she could make the song her own. After two weeks of recording the song Eilish and her brother uploaded it to Soundcloud. The song “Ocean Eyes” went viral and her career changed forever.
Born in Los Angeles California to a family of musicians Eilish knew she wanted to pursue her career path in the performing arts. By the age of eleven Billie started writing her own songs with the help of her older brother Finneas O’Connell who had his own band. After “Ocean Eyes” came out she released another song called “Bellyache.” After having success with both of these songs, she came out with her debut EP, Don’t Smile At Me, in August of 2017, she then announced her first tour while still only 16 years old.
This March, Eilish released her first full-length album, When We all Fall Asleep, Where do We Go? According to Eilish, “Every song on the album is about something that happens in your sleep – sleep paralysis, night terrors, nightmares, lucid dreams,” The album instantly hit The Billboard hot 100 charts with the song “Bad Guy” staying in the top 10 since it’s release. As an album release party, she teamed up with Spotify to create “the Billie Eilish Experience,” which was 14 rooms dedicated to and designed for each song from the album. Her image-setting songs are what is making her an outstanding young artist. The song “Wish You Were Gay” illustrates when someone doesn’t want you back you start to think that it is your fault, but it would be easier to deal with if you just weren’t the gender they were attracted to.
Recently Billie took to Instagram to share the meanings of a few of the songs from the album. The song “I Love You” was written as an explanation for how love is the scariest thing in the world and talks about love in a way that Eilish herself has never been able to say. The song “All The Good Girls Go to Hell” points out the perspective of the Devil: “No matter how good, amazing, incredible a person is, desperate measures will turn u bad at one point in your time,” Billie writes.
Also on Instagram this past year Billie revealed that she has Tourette’s Syndrome, after fans were asking about her random “tics.” Eilish has lived with Tourette’s her whole life. Although her friends and family have always known about it, she had never opened up to the public because she did not want to be known as “The Artist with Tourettes.” Still, after making the announcement, on Ellen Billie mentioned that she has been able to make a positive connection with her fans who also live from Tourettes and may appreciate being able to look up to her.
Billie Eilish announced her world tour this January. She is currently visiting 23 cities across North America. In an interview with Zane Lowe from BBC1, Eilish said that she likes to perform like she is in a mosh pit and make everyone in the audience feel like they are in a mosh pit, too. She mentioned that all she has ever wanted is to be on a stage and have people cheering for her which is what inspired her to make her shows an amazing experience for both her fans and herself.
The emotional impact of Eilish’s songs and the impressive notes she can hit have made this young Californian teenager so popular today. Eilish’s fame has skyrocketed, especially amongst young people. She’s the next Big Thing.
Image credit : WIkimedia / Ice box