With hits like “Bad Guy” and “Ocean Eyes”, Billie Eilish is quickly becoming a pop sensation but it was a tough road for the singer when she was trying to break into the music industry.
The now-17-year-old, who stars on V Magazine‘s 20th-anniversary issue, opens up about trusting music execs with her career at age 13.
“I remember the first time I had any sort of meeting with a label or management, I was 13. I think the only people that didn’t look at me like I was going to have a horrible career were the people that I ended up working with,” she shared with the magazine. “Everyone was just like, ‘Oh, you’re 13, yikes, you’re going to be used,’ and this and that. And I am like, ‘Yo, y’all are the people that would use me in the situation you are talking about.’ So, I don’t know what that is supposed to mean.”
But Eilish quickly learned how to pick out the ones to trust.
“The only people who didn’t say that s**t were the people that I felt an energy and connection with. I am really, really lucky and grateful that I have had the experience that I had with my label and with my team and everyone, because I never had any issues with people trying to pull me in a different direction, one in which I would not want to be headed. I think that might just be because I have always been the kind of person that knows what the f**k I want, and if it’s not what I want, then I am not going to do it.”
And those tough moments made her into the artist she is today, “I think it’s my best quality and my worst quality, how strongwilled I am, because it has brought me here. It literally has created who I am because I was just like, ‘You know what? I am going to do this and that’s that,’ you know?” she explained. “But then it’s bad sometimes, too, because I shouldn’t do s**t and I do it anyways. So I don’t know.”
According to Pharrell, who conducted the interview, Eilish’s age has nothing to do with her talent.
“I would say this is proof yet again that it’s not about one’s age. Your answers have already illustrated that. And understanding that requires a lot of self-awareness,” the “Happy” singer shared. “To me, not only is it not about age – it’s not about the flesh. It’s about the spirit. And your spirit is definitely an older one.”
The new issue of V Magazine hits newsstands on August 26.