When your sister becomes the most applauded female pop artist at age 19, she can boast that she is the youngest singer to win the top four Grammys (album, record, song, and breakout artist of the year) and earn To rank 14 songs at once on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the least you can feel is pride. But if you have been part of all those achievements, it also has to produce satisfaction. So thinks Finneas O'Connell, the least visible part of Billie Eilish but not the least successful. At 23 years old, the older brother of the one of the singers of the moment and one of the icons of generation Z (those born between the mid-nineties and 2010) considers himself lucky to be able to do what he likes together to one of the people he loves the most in the world. It is common to see them together on the red carpets, they share awards because the musical works are written and composed by four hands and he is the architect in the shadow of many of the triumphs in the brief but intense career of the young American. "If I'm writing a song with Billie, I'm just trying to help her tell whatever story she wants to talk about, exchange ideas, listen to her opinions," explained the producer to Atwood magazine in 2018.
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songwriting notebook When the world heard Billie Eilish's song Bad Guy , co-written and produced by Finneas, in 2019, music experts were talking that the future of pop was in his hands. It was the confirmation after the success of Ocean Eyes , a song the brothers composed for Billie's dance teacher to create a choreography, which went viral on SoundClound in 2016 and led to their record deal. But Finneas had made music before and alone: he has 21 singles and an EP, with his first song, New Girl , released in 2016. In addition to his own music and Billie's, he has produced other big pop stars, from Demi. Lovato to Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello. Now, the also winner of five other Grammy Awards, including the best producer of the year in 2020 , wants to try his luck alone again and is preparing his debut album, of which he has already released his first single American Cliché .
For a time, Finneas managed to make his first steps in music, with his high school band The Slightlys, and also in acting, although he barely went beyond small roles. He was a student of Cameron Diaz in Bad teacher ; He acted alongside his parents in the family drama Life inside out , and has participated in several episodes of Glee or Modern Family . Children of the singer and actress Maggie Baird and musician and actor Patrick O'Connell, the artistic vein of these brothers is well evidente.
Their complicity in and out of the music is reflected well in The World's a Little Blurry (The World It's a bit blurry) , the Billie Eilish movie directed by RJ Cutler for Apple TV + . Finneas and Billie grew up together, educated in a world that despite being part of the industry has always been surrounded by love and trust. And like every older brother, Finneas can't help but be one of Billie's protectors, especially after she got a restraining order in February against a 23-year-old stalker who had been camped out in front of her house since last summer. "We have a team that we really trust and our parents are around, but because of the amount of people we meet, I always try to provide a safe environment for her," the musician recently explained to The Times . “Now he is 19 years old, but he is very young and I, in these years, had to be as protective as possible. Not in an authoritarian way, but I do make sure that no one is a scoundrel with her ”, insisted the one who has composed the song No time to die with his sister, the soundtrack of the new installment of the James Bond saga that seeks a hole at the Oscars 2022.
Finneas O'Connell now lives in a separate house close to the one his parents own in Los Angeles, and he continues to see his sister very often because their home doubles as a study. "99% of the second album has been produced here," he acknowledged to The Times about the new studio work that Billie Eilish is preparing. With his big blue eyes and messy hair, Finneas has become something of a sex symbol since he made the cover of GQ magazine in February 2020 or every time he posts a photo on Instagram for his more than three million followers. “I don't feel like a sex symbol at all. However, [Billie and I] make fun of everything. So when they praise me, I'll be lovingly intimidated. But yeah, the sex symbol is not on my list of self-definitions. I have a lazy eye! ”, He joked in his interview in The Times .
Like his sister, who has spoken openly about suffering from Tourette syndrome or the years in which he has had depression , Finneas does not hide his problems and in the social networks have recognized that goes to therapy. As a member of a generation that was born with the digital age beginning, he also uses his platforms to promote his work, praise his family and show the love he feels for his partner, the influencer Claudia Sulewski, for whom he has already composed a song of the same name. which many of his followers have drawn a great resemblance to his sister.