2020 Grammy Producer Of The Year, Finneas on his solo EP Blood Harmony and working with his sister Billie Eilish
It's been a big week for Finneas and his sister. The duo struck gold on Monday, winning some of the biggest awards of the night at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards including 'Album of the Year' and in his solo capacity as 'Producer of the Year', 'Non-Classical', and the 'Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical' for his work on Eilish's debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
As a solo artist, Finneas's debut EP, Blood Harmony, has been out since October and sums up the songwriter-producer-singer's journey over the last two years, from making music at home to headlining Coachella with his sister last year. All written while in-transit and on tour and fully self-produced, Finneas breaks down his career highlights so far as well as his song-writing process.
Congratulations on the release of your EP in October as well as your Grammy wins. 2019 was a stellar year for you. What were your personal standout moments last year?
My personal standout moment from 2019 was being on stage with my sister at Coachella, being on stage at the Greek theater in Los Angeles with my sister and being on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Both you and your sister, Billie Eilish, have such a bold sense of honesty, emotionality, and intimacy in the music that both of you make. Did that happen naturally as a result of the environment that both of you grew up in?
I think it has a lot to do with the environment we grew up in. It also has a lot to do with the music we are interested in and how open we are with each other. I also think it is due to the fact that it is just the two of us. We don't bring in strangers that don't know us very well. Nobody knows you better than your family.
You talk about songwriting in connection with therapy. What has therapy done for you, and how has it impacted your creative process?
I really like this question. My relationship with therapy is that I talk for an hour straight and have somebody to listen to me that is unbiased, that isn't a person who has an opinion about something else that I have to say. They are just there to hear me, offer me their wisdom, and their take on how it seems it is affecting me, which is really important to me. In my specific case, therapy affects my work that I can go to therapy and I can talk about what's really bothering me. Then, I can go home with a more clear understanding of why it's bothering me and I can write better songs because of that.
What has been the most challenging track that you've worked on, as a collaborator or on your own? And why?
Honestly, "when the party is over" was probably the hardest song to produce with Billie. We both love that song and felt a need to get it perfect in our opinion. It's a very vocal-heavy song and vocals are some of the hardest things to record, so it took us days and days to get that song right, but we loved the way it turned out.
Looking forward to 2020, what are your hopes as a solo artist and collaborator?
You know that's a really good question. I'm trying to be really open-minded this year on what may or may not happen. There are things that already have been planned, some of which I'm not able to talk about, but I couldn't be more excited for. I get to make a lot of music with my sister this year and with some people who I love and I get to put out a lot of my own music, which is really exciting to me. Lots to come!
Listen to Finneas' solo EP Blood Harmony on Apple Music and all other streaming platforms.
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