Billie Eilish is changing the musical game with her new Gen Z perspective. While most artists produce their best work in a recording studio, Eilish prefers a more intimate experience. Here’s why the ‘Ocean Eyes’ singer hates the studio and how she came to record happier than ever at home.
It was Billie Eilish’s mother’s idea to start working on an album during the pandemic
Eilish’s mother, Maggie Baird, suggested that Eilish and her brother Finneas use the pandemic to work on new music.
“My mom was, like, ‘What if you had a schedule where Billie came in and you worked three days a week?'” Finneas told the Los Angeles Times. “At first I was like, ‘I don’t think it’s necessary.’ But she said, “Listen. Why don’t you try it for a week? You don’t even have to make anything. And in the first week we wrote and recorded ‘My Future.’
Lo and behold, all that extra downtime produced happier than ever.
Why Billie Eilish prefers recording at home rather than in the recording studio
When Eilish was interviewed by Stormzy for Vicethey talked about their recording preferences.
“We made my first album in our childhood bedrooms,” Eilish said. “My brother’s room is tiny, there’s not a lot of equipment and we didn’t have a vocal booth or soundproofing, and that’s how we made it all up to working on happier than ever.”
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happier than ever was recorded in a bona fide studio, but a studio that was still in the musicians’ house.
“My brother built this home studio in the basement of the house, so we recorded there,” Eilish said. “It’s a step forward because it’s actually a studio even though it’s still home. But the problem was still that it was home. It was hard to go from being home and feeling lazy to trying to work and be creative. But I also hate real recording studios. They are dark and sad and the days pass and time passes. The studios depress me.
On his next world tour
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More than recording in the studio, Eilish enjoys performing live. But like everyone else, the “Bad Guy” singer has been locked up for a year and a half. She can’t wait to start sharing her music with her fans again.
“I’m really excited,” she said of the upcoming tour, “but the whole last year we felt like we were waiting to get back to normal. I keep the excitement as much as possible until it happens 100%. Fingers crossed. This first big comeback show, to be back on stage, it’s going to be amazing. I’m going to explode on stage.