Billie Eilish is Happier Than Ever: Billie Eilish is playing three nights at the newly-named Kia Forum, which goes to show how far she has climbed. Duckwrth, Dora Jar, and Jessie Reyez also play.
We chatted with Eilish a few years ago as she was preparing to perform at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas show, and she said of her rise:
“I think everything that has happened since I dropped ‘Ocean Eyes’ three years ago has been insane,” Eilish says. “I mean, I stopped expecting things. I don’t even know if that’s correct, I think it’s more like I never expect things like this to happen. I never have, since I was young. I don’t expect to get anything better than I already have — I’ve never been that kind of person. A lot of people are like, ‘I know I’m gonna make it, I know I’m gonna get this,’ and I’m just fucking, ‘No.’ I’ve never been that way in my life. I just take what I have and I try to be happy with it, if not work for something that I want more. I never say, ‘It’ll come.’ Hell no, you’ve got to work for that shit.”
Of her songwriting, she said:
“I’ve grown in the only ways that I can, and all the ways that I can,” she says. “It’s weird because I put ‘Ocean Eyes’ out when I was 13. I feel like, having put out something at 13 like that, I’ve obviously changed since then because I’m a human being, but a lot of people are like, ‘Oh no, she’s changing for fame.’ What the fuck? No, I’m changing because I was 13 and now I’m 16. What am I supposed to do? Stay exactly the fucking same? That’s just the type of thing that I don’t understand. Also, it’s not even about the age. I feel like you should always change and you should always be up for change. For me at least, I cannot breathe if I don’t constantly change something. I have a short — I get bored too quick so I’ve got to do something new all the time.”
Since then of course, she’s put out two awesome albums, including last year’s Happier Than Ever. Expect to hear plenty of that at the Forum.
Billie Eilish is Happier Than Ever: The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at the Forum.