The coolest girl in the scene, Billie Eilish is the world’s 17-year-old supersonic music phenomenon who’s trying out her dark side.
For the girl whose middle name is Pirate, it ’s fitting that Billie Eilish has hijacked the airwaves and plundered our hearts. She is not just another home schooled 17-year-old, she is the music sensation that the world never knew they didn’t expect, and a superstar whose vocals, sonic beats and challenging lyrics have taken over your playlists. With her music that ’s addictive, hypnotic and relatable, Billie is the voice of the generation, singing to those who yearn meaning.
From the energetic beats of ‘bad guy’ which just begs to be placed on repeat, to the hushed ‘when the party’s over’ and heart-rending ‘i love you’, Billie and her brother (who co-writes songs with her) have created a transcendental journey in her latest album ‘when we all fall asleep, where do we go?’. On social media, her style is a brand of cool worthy of a fashion revolution. And since she is working with more darker imagery, Billie speaks about going “spooky as hell”, what turning 18 will mean to her, how she loves love, and what really happens when she falls asleep.
You’re very busy at the moment, travelling to promote, then touring — do you love that life?
Shows are really something I crave. Touring is exhausting and kind of horrible at points but the shows are the reason you go on tour, that ’s what makes it worth it. Shows have always been something I crave like deep within myself.
Your album is called ‘when we all fall asleep, where do we go?’ Are you a good sleeper? Can you sleep anywhere?
Not at all . I went to sleep on a plane sitting up the other day for the first time ever. I ’ve had sleep paralysis three times. I have a lot of weird sleep issues. I have these terrifying dreams. It takes forever to fall asleep. I don’t understand how people can like fall asleep [straight away] — that ’s so weird to me.
Do your nightmares give you Ideas for songs?
[laughs] You know what? I don’t enjoy them when they are happening but that ’s a very good point. I probably wouldn’t have made ‘bury a friend’ the way it is if I hadn’t had sleep paralysis and horrible nightmares and night terrors.
Are you scared when you wake up?
It ’s weird because normally, the nightmares I have don’t make me wake up, the whole night is terrifying and then I wake up when I normally wake up. They really mess me up so the whole day is off sometimes. I ’ll have a dream that really just like screws with my head and makes me kind of just feel... I don’t know what it is but it makes me feel uncomfortable all day. I ’ve had the same nightmare for like two months in a row. Horrible. And it like affects me day-to-day, it affects how I act and how I manoeuvre.
What was it about?
I ’m not even going to speak on that. It was really so bad. You can’t stop your dreams. In my dreams I always know that they are dreams. I can do things in knowing that they are dreams. So if I die in my dreams, I normally come back to life. It ’s like a video game. I ’m kind of living through my dreams, they’re lucid dreams, that ’s what it is. And I create. Like I can kind of control things in my dreams. It ’s very torturing.
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