Silver-haired LA native Billie Eilish instantly draws the eye with her unique personal style (bold tracksuits and oversized skate gear), but it’s when you clock her catchy electro-pop sound (all dreamy synths cut with airy vocals), that you understand the hype. At just 16, she’s released her debut EP, become Apple Music’s Next Up Artist, caught the eye of Pharrell and been dubbed "pop’s brightest new hope" by both the BBC and NME. Here’s what happened when ASOS Magazine caught up with the opinionated singer-songwriter…
STYLE AND CULTURE
GET TO KNOW POP SAVIOR BILLIE EILISH
By Style Feed Staff, March 3, 2018
What don’t people know about you?
If I really feel strongly about something, I’m gonna have it or I’m gonna try to get it. It’s not that I don’t value other people’s opinions, it’s just that I know what my opinion is and what I want is what I want.
Why is it important to stay grounded?
I feel like a lot of artists who are big deals were never really on the other side. They’re ideas, they’re not physically there. They’re in your phone, they’re on stage, they don’t seem equal, but they are. Everyone is equal.
Has your life changed now you’ve got young fans?
It puts me in a place where I’m like, "OK, I should be a good role model," but then I’m like, "F**k it. They want me to be me, so that’s what I’m going to be."
What’s your personal style?
I like to wear stuff you’re gonna judge. Good or bad, I like to be in people’s heads.
What else do you want to do apart from music?
I wanna have a clothing line. I’ve always wanted to direct videos — that’s a huge dream of mine.
Your career began through dancing — do you still dance?
After Ocean Eyes came out I got injured super-bad and was taken out of classes and competitions. It was hard but it gave me time to focus on music and create. It’s obviously why I have all these sad songs.