Billie Eilish: “What Was I Made For?”, Barbie & Songwriting | Apple Music

Billie Eilish: “What Was I Made For?”, Barbie & Songwriting | Apple Music

Interview recorded on Monday, July 10th in Los Angeles, CA

“Barbie” is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies of the year. At the end of last year, Finneas asked Billie Eilish to make a song for the movie after a conversation with Greta Gerwig and Mark Ronson. Now, the song, “What Was I Made For?” is ready to be released.

Billie Eilish and Zane Lowe sit down in the theater to discuss the making of her song, “What Was I Made For?”, which was created specifically for the blockbuster of the summer, but is also somehow incredibly personal. Billie opens up about her experience being involved in the movie, her feelings about songwriting for film and TV, and the childhood connection to Barbie that makes this a “full circle” moment.

Listen to Billie Eilish on Apple Music:

00:00 – Billie Eilish on Her Involvement with Barbie
9:34 – Inspiration Behind “What Was I Made For?”
20:28 – Writer’s Block
27:35 – Billie Eilish on The Future

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32 Responses

  1. Dude says:

    Love how she pulled out the little clothes that were a reference to her past music videos. Such a hit of nostalgia and I live for it. ❤️

  2. K says:

    Zane Lowe is FANTASTIC. I love watching any interview he does. He asks the right questions, makes artists feel safe, and allows them to be vulnerable and honest.

  3. IDC says:

    Billie has found her calling in the music industry and that’s to make people emotionally feel some kind of way. ❤

  4. Nina says:

    It‘s so validating to hear that being uninspired for long periods of time and facing obstacles in your creative process is a thing that happens to other people too. Creativity really is not something that can be controlled. And it doesn’t undermine your abilities as an artist.

    • Milissa Ragou says:

    • elm1230 says:

      Yep creativity is free flowing and our lives and the factors that influence also inform our creativity. The difference here is that a professional artist still has to mine and carve something out, even if they don’t feel inspired. I think with creativity it’s important to just keep going

  5. Phoebe Rose says:

    This song hits so hard – she so perfectly describes feeling that constant existential dread that comes with depression, when you so frequently question life and what your purpose is – pairing it with a powerful video that captures the feeling of when you’re little and try to play with Barbie a certain way but then things go wrong and you feel so out of control, and then tying that in to the message of the movie of the biggest struggle of life; trying to figure out who you are.

  6. Tarani Takai says:

    Zane and billies dynamic is so amazing to watch, the way they relay off of each other is so relaxed and authentic, we love to see the genuine connection between interviewer, interviewee, but also as friends 🩷🩷

  7. Alexis White xd says:

    She’s literally saved my life over and over again. Thank you Billie for existing ❤️

    • JamesJoyce12 says:

      pretty sure she “literally” did not unless she has been doing EMT training on the side

    • Needum says:

      @JamesJoyce12 I always think it funny when someone says they saved my life. like what you mean? your telling me a song saved you come on.

    • Alexis White xd says:

      @Needumyes because our feelings are expressed through lyrics and words and Melodie’s coming from other people who feel the same way as us. Small-minded people like y’all wouldn’t understand 😘

    • Needum says:

      @Alexis White xd I get that but how did that save your life. your telling me if you didnt hear these songs you would be dead right now?

    • Alexis White xd says:

      @Needum probably 💀

  8. Dalila Oliveira says:

    Billie with glasses im dead on the floorr

  9. Phoebe Rose says:

    Feeling like you don’t know how to be happy or just forgot, but also knowing that you maybe can be if you figure out what your purpose is – she describes depression so beautifully.

  10. Janina Baby says:

    Billie really has the voice to convey such deep messages. This is literally a masterpiece and will be on repeat for the next several weeks

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