To give you a glimpse into just how young Billie Eilish still is, despite being the most talked-about pop star on the planet, the artist who made her want to become a superstar was only born in 1996. Yep, the person she grew up hero worshipping is only 24. Feel old yet?
Since emerging in 2017 with her debut EP, Don’t Smile At Me, Eilish has proved she’s no flash in the pan till the cows go home and now the definitive face in modern pop. Proof of how essential the figure of Eilish has quickly become is the vast number of imitators who’ve tried to copy her bedroom production style but don’t have the songwriting credentials to replicate her success. Her forward-thinking and progressive approach is infectious. It runs through everything Eilish does, whether this is the stylistic approach to music or her refreshing off-stage activities.
It’s fair to say that you have to be a rare kind of talent to be handed the reigns to a James Bond theme song while still a teenager, but Eilish is the definition of extraordinary. When she first shot onto the scene, what Eilish conjured up sounded fresh, exciting and most importantly — original. Inspiration comes to her in numerous ways, like any artist. However, that first shot of inspiration that made her want to focus on music is a moment that Eilish will never forget.
Speaking with the American radio station 101WKQX in 2019, Eilish spoke at length about the catalyst in her musical life and how a switch flicked on after watching a music video that lit a fire in her belly that’s still burning bright today.
“I grew up on so many artists, I feel like the moment was when I was sitting on my bed when I was like 12,” Eilish recalls. “I’d already started writing music, I just did it for no reason kinda, I just had a lot of things I needed to say, and I didn’t know how to say them, but I remember sitting on my bed when I was like 12 or 11. I was surfing YouTube as you do, and there was this little video called ‘Runaway’ by Aurora, and I had no idea what that was, no idea what the song was, but the thumbnail looked cool, so I clicked on it.
“Then I remember just sitting there, and the intro played. I was like, ‘Oh, so that’s what I wanna do,’ and then immediately I was just in love with that, the whole idea,” she added from the heart.
The love is reciprocated with Aurora later telling NME: “I think the world needs more artists who just do what they want. She uses her voice in such a cool way. I will be listening to her more because she must be doing something right. The world seems to adore her right now because she’s really cool.”
It wasn’t just the song that connected with Eilish, the visuals that Aurora displayed inspired her to an equal degree. It’s evident from Eilish’s art that she loses as much sleep about the whole package and pours as much thought into getting the intricacies of her artwork and aesthetics right as she does about her music.
In a very short time, Eilish has made her fans feel the same way as she felt with Aurora all those years ago.