Billie Eilish has spoken out about how the music industry and how the industry treats women.
“There’s a whole world of young female artists being used and manipulated by the music industry,” Eilish explains. She then went on to speak of her best and worst quality, her stubbornness. That stubbornness was necessary to fight against the “manipulative” music industry when she first started her career.
Eilish had spoken to Pharell for V magazine about her struggle to be taken seriously, especially as a young female artist. “There has been a whole world of young, especially female artists, and every artist (not just young) being used and manipulated by the stereotypical label or industry,” Eilish explains. “There’s kind of this weird name on everything now where it’s like, people expect that.”
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“I remember the first time I had any sort of meeting with a label or management, I was 13,” Eilish continues. “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. 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. The only people who didn’t say that sh*t were the people that I felt an energy and connection with.”
From that moment on it was clear that Eilish had to work hard in order for people to take her seriously and work with people that will do so.
Eilish then praised her label and team that she chose to work with, as they allowed her to be herself and stay true to her own vision, rather than to steer her in another direction. Eilish then added, “I think that might just be because I have always been the kind of person that knows what the f*ck I want, and if it’s not what I want, then I am not going to do it. I think [stubbornness] is my best quality and my worst quality, how strong-willed I am, because it has brought me here. It literally has created who I am.”