Why are most of the songs about heartbreak
Billie Eilish proves that when you are 15 you write the best songs about heartbreak
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"Where are the avocados?" Asks Billie Eilish during the interview. This is not the pretense of a young pop diva calling for a brunch update in a 10-minute interview. Rather, the singer remembers a story when she wasn't vegan or gluten-free, but ate grilled cheese sandwiches and complained about the lack of avocados at home in Los Angeles. This question made her light: "Bäm! That should be my new Instagram name," she recalls. "I had to laugh so much because it's actually really stupid, but then I took it."
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The avocados, their Instagram name, the disgust for gluten-containing and animal products could just as easily be part of a starter pack meme for millennials. These are the symbols and clichés that are often used against young people to show how irresponsible we are. Billie is the exact opposite of a cliché. She has gotten used to being treated unfairly because of her age despite making her debut Ocean eyes went viral, the follow-up EP D.on't smile at me Has been critically acclaimed and her lyrics are incredibly intelligent and brutally honest.
"It's inevitable that people will judge you based on your age," she says thoughtfully. "People think, 'How can you write a song about love and breakups? About depression and not wanting to be yourself? You're only 15! You don't even know what it feels like," "says Billie. "Do they actually know how you felt when you were 15?"
Can you still remember? Seriously. Close your eyes for a moment and think back to the time when your emotional world was a mess with pimples. Fifteen: The age at which a withdrawn party invitation can lead to an emotional breakdown, and when a breakup feels like a hydrogen bomb explodes next to your leg. If you want to write songs about the intense ups and downs of emotion, then 15 seems like a very good age.
Billie stands for this raw authenticity. She's got the guy in her song My boy called by name at the concert in L.A. "I heard this boy was coming and just thought ' Naturally he'll come, '"she says sarcastically." He's the most unreliable person in the world. But I performed the song and screamed its name. Everyone went nuts. My friends then said: 'He wasn't there' - of course he wasn't. "
And her other songs are pervaded by the same honesty, even if they address different feelings. Everyone stands for a different mood. Cynical and a badass bitch? Copycat is the song for you. A set interpretation of the rolling eyes in the direction of your ex? My boy is the right one. Do you think of your crush with sadness? Then listen to you Ocean eyes at. The songs differ not only in their emotions, but also in their sound: influences from jazz, R'n'B, hip-hop and cell phone ring tones - everything is included.
We met her for a short interview before her concert in London to find out why it is important to be true to yourself, to be sad from time to time and why it is really unnecessary to make New Year's resolutions.
You capture a different, very special emotion in each of your songs. How do we have to imagine your songwriting process?
It's always different. Sometimes I have a melody in my head, or chords, words that I can relate to, or just a beat that I think is cool. Every song sounds different and that's what I like about it right now. If you like a musician, you obviously want to hear more songs of the same kind, but I want to turn the tables and make music for people who like one kind of music and then write a song that reaches completely different music fans. I hate the word genrewhy can't I serve all of them? I don't want to be pigeonholed. This is so boring.
There are more and more young musicians who control their image and their sound themselves. Is something changing in the music industry right now or is it because the tools now exist to do your own thing?
I think it's the second. The industry is not going to change and I don't think it will either. One article once said "unladylike lady artists" - that speaks for itself. Why do you always have to categorize everything in the same way? It's the same attitude as saying, 'I only eat this and that no longer.' It's so annoying.
Are you being pushed in a certain direction to act or behave in a certain way?
I've never been the type of guy who let other people tell me what to do. It's not that I don't value other people's opinions, but what's the point if I already know what I want anyway? I will never let anyone else tell me what to wear, say, or do.
Your songs are often about the darker emotions. Do they inspire you more than positively?
I just feel it more. I don't even know the concept of being happy. I have a lot of depression. Many have that, but prefer not to think about it or not even know about it. I just won't let myself get totally sad and not suspect anything. I'm just the kind of, 'I'm depressed. Now I accept that and try to move on '.
Does the songwriting help you with that?
Of course, but that doesn't make the feelings go away. Some think that songwriting heals me in some way, but that's not true. It really pisses me off when people say, 'This won't be a hit because it's so sad. We need a song that screams: I'm the best! Yes!.' Who please feel like this all the time? I write about how I feel, not how I think I should feel.
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