Billie Eilish has delved into her love for Childish Gambino in a recent episode of her Apple Music radio show co-hosted with her dad, me & dad radio.
Billie Eilish introduced the episode stating, “This is our Finneas episode – full of childhood bops, some inspirational songs, me and Finneas have loved over the years, some songs we’ve shown each other, songs we’ve been inspired by”.
Childhood bops are the right term for the music queue, it featured ‘Boom Boom Pow’ from The Black eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me a River’, Avril Lavigne’s nostalgic ‘Complicated’, Green Day’s classic ’21 Guns’, and so many more influential tracks from the Eilish siblings childhood.
Billie Eilish went on to discuss the impression ‘Bonfire’ from Gambino’s 2011 album camp had on the 18-year old. “This is from the album I think both me and Finneas found Donald Glover through. Incredible album. The first song I heard ever from him and was actually I think the first song I heard that was like rap, was ‘Heartbeat’ from this album.”
She then continued gushing over the ‘This Is America’ singer :“From then on everybody knows that Donald Glover is like… one of my all-time favourite creators. He’s exactly everything I idolise about a creator.”
Patrick O’Connell, the dad, co-host, and DJ, delved further into why he thinks the two siblings gained such a strong admiration for Gambino. He mentioned that the multifaceted nature of Donald Glovers’ export as a creator through acting, singing, writing, performing, and also directing, made him a “paradigm for you [Billie] in his global outlook.”
Later, Eilish again showed excitement for the “most hardcore bars I’ve ever heard” in ‘Bonfire’ as Finneas told that the first line was their favourite lyric. “I love that it’s three minutes long because you just rap the whole thing along,” she enthused.
It’s fair to say that Donald Glover made a huge impression on Eilish not just through his music, but as an example of the open bounds of possibility as a creator. It’s exciting to imagine how Eilish may delve into other areas of art in the future.
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