For part two in “The Kids Are Alright” series, meet singer/songwriter, Billie Eilish.
Celebrating the creative and inspiring girls of today, The Kids Are Alright reminds us that age doesn’t have to dictate our dreams and passions…
My biggest worry while growing up was finding a clean pair of socks for after school soccer practice or deciding what theatre was A) playing the best movie and B) had the cutest boys. Typical teenage dramas, right? For Billie Eilish, there are just a few other things on her to-do list, like, put out a hit song with 12,000,000 + plays. And actually, she’s already done that.
When musical talent runs in your family, it doesn’t hurt to join forces, and that’s exactly what Billie and her brother have done since a young age. If you haven’t already heard her breakthrough track “Ocean Eyes”, give it a listen here. The song picked up steam after Billie recorded vocals over the song that was originally produced by her brother’s band. Today, it has almost 13 million plays on Spotify. I had the chance to hang out with Billie on a recent trip to LA and learn a little bit more about her and her quickly emerging career. So if you don’t know, now you know…
How did you get your start?
I have always been a singer. I started writing around 11 and basically taught myself piano and ukulele. In November of last year, my brother came to me with a song he wrote called “Ocean Eyes” that he wanted me to sing. Somehow the song was exactly how I felt and just what I was going through at the time. We recorded it and just put it out and it just kind of blew up from there.
Why do you love what you do?
Singing about deep feelings that I have and having people relate to them when they didn’t even know they felt that way. I love that. I also love performing.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not singing/rehearsing?
I love dance. I have been injured for several months but can’t wait to get back to it!
What’s your spirit animal and why?
Probably a puppy with rabies. I don’t know, that just feels completely spot on.
Check out the “Ocean Eyes” music video here.
Photos by Jana Kirn
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