- Billie Eilish got candid about her anxieties
- She was worried about hitting a musical plateau
- She credits the film 'Barbie' with helping her
The pop sensation recently got candid in a roundtable discussion with 'The Hollywood Reporter', confessing her fears of a songwriting standstill. "I honestly was concerned that it was over for me," Eilish shared, sending shockwaves through her fanbase. In a twist of fate, director Greta Gerwig's request for a 'Barbie' tune turned out to be the lifeline Eilish needed.
A spark ignites a song
The singer and her brother Finneas, in what she called a "day of nothing," found their muse in Barbie's "floating elegance" and the idea of her "suddenly falling." In a matter of minutes, the duo crafted the lyrical gem "What Was I Made For?" Eilish exclaimed, "It was just the most perfect example to me of true inspiration and connection."
"I honestly was concerned that it was over for me. We’d been trying and it wasn’t doing what it usually would do in me. I was honestly like, ‘Damn, maybe I hit my peak and I don’t know how to write anymore?'”
Eilish revealed she was struggling to find inspiration to write other songs before the call came from Gerwig arrived in January. "Greta saved me, really, honestly," Eilish said. "It brought us out of it and immediately we were inspired and wrote so much more after that."
Eilish said she and Finneas were in the studio writing after they first saw the film.
With five nods at the 2024 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Eilish's comeback is nothing short of spectacular. Teasing the track's release on Instagram, she urged her followers to "GET READY TO SOB," emphasizing the song's deep personal significance and the movie's life-changing potential.
"It was just a day of nothing. It was just idea after idea after idea of just no ideas. Nothing was happening. It was the least creative," she said of the session. Finneas then suggested to Eilish that they try writing the 'Barbie' song.
"I was like, ‘What? You think after the day of garbage we’ve just made, we’re going to make a perfect song for something that needs something really good?’ I was like, ‘I don’t even have that in me,'" she confessed. "Then we were both asking the question after that and we did that in probably five minutes,"
Eventually, after Finneas started playing at the piano, Eilish started singing. Once they had the line "I used to float, now I just fall down," the rest quickly followed...