Billie Eilish said it was “so surprising” to find that people thought her music was “depressing”.
The singer is one of many artists – including Doja Cat, King Princess, Koffee, Mickey Guyton, Flying Lotus, Camilo and Tobe Nwigwe – who will explore their musical beginnings in a new Audible series titled Origins.
Reflecting on her own musical background, Eilish said in her episode (via rolling stone): “It was so weird for me when I first arrived and, and the thing everyone was saying was, like, ‘Billie Eilish’s music is so depressing, and it’s so sad, and that ‘is too dark.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about? Have you listened to the Beatles and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and ‘Yesterday’, and Lana Del Rey? is that?
“It was so surprising to me that people thought everything I created was dark. I mean, it’s real.
All episodes of Origins are provided for a November 17 release on Audible, and will feature a mix of spoken word and performance.
In a statement, Doja Cat said of her episode, “I’ve always tried to bring my fans into my world. I’m more interested in being myself than what other people want me to be. I want people to really understand who I am, and I think Origins will help them do that.
The series will follow that of Audible Lyrics + Music series, which featured artists like Sheryl Crow, John Legend, and Alanis Morissette.
“Audible has been fortunate to work with some of the most beloved and iconic musicians of our time through our Words + Music series – a series that focuses on the work of hugely talented artists and their incredible and varied impacts on musically and personally, and struck a chord with Audible listeners,” said Rachel Ghiazza, Audible’s executive vice president and head of US content.
“As we continue to dive headfirst into our expanding musical verticality, we are thrilled to introduce Origins, a transcendent audio experience. This series breaks down the barrier between artist and human, as we connect with these remarkable contemporary musicians and find the source of each of their creative impulses.
Billie Eilish recently announced two new “Happier Than Ever” tour dates in her hometown.
Reviewing Eilish’s historic performance at Glastonbury, NME wrote that the show “felt like proof that the future is here, and Glastonbury’s future remains rock solid for the next half century if they continue to trust their guts and get things done “.