'I hope Billie drops his arrogant a**': Billie Eilish's brother Finneas gives new music artists advice, gets slammed
Finneas O'Connell, the brother of multi-Grammy-winning artiste Billie Eilish, has dropped a tweet on February 23 with advice to those seeking to make a name for themselves in the music industry.
For those who may not be aware of the involvement of Eilish's brother, Finneas has gained a lot of spotlight since the 2020 Grammy Awards ceremony, as he is the focal collaborator, co-writer and producer of the 18-year-old pop star, and has won a fair share of his own awards.
He has won five Grammy Awards which include Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Non-Classical and the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Eilish's 2019 debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?'.
He has his own band, performing as the lead singer and songwriter of Slightlys, as well as having released several singles as a solo artist. His debut EP, 'Blood Harmony', was released in October last year.
Both Eilish and Finneas are not newcomers to having experienced fame of sorts, as their parents Maggie Baird (mother) and Patrick O'Connell (father) are both actors.
Patrick has acted in 'Iron Man' (2008) and both 'The West Wing' and 'Supergirl' series. Maggie is an actress who rose to fame as a singer, songwriter and voice actress.
She is best known as having starred in the film 'Life Inside Out' (2013) and her voice acting in the role of Samara in the video game 'Mass Effect 2'. Finneas has also acted in the musical comedy-drama series 'Glee'.
Apart from Eilish's parents' love for music that inspired their kids to get into the industry and develop a love and taste for music, older brother Finneas has been a big encouragement and inspiration to Eilish.
In a heartfelt acceptance speech at the Variety Hitmakers Awards in December, Eilish took time to thank her brother, saying the two have "been we've friends kinda forever and we started writing music together when I was 13 and he was 18... or 17".
She went on to say, "He produces everything" and "he's the only reason I'm anywhere in the whole world. He's probably the only reason I am alive".
Finneas' post on Twitter reads, “'Shooting your shot' is promoted widely & I think honestly, it’s a little overrated. Work super hard alone or with your closest friends. Make s**t so good it speaks for itself". He adds, "Don't pester people to work with you, let them come to you"
Although Finneas has received much appreciation and love from Eilish, the responses to his advice were rather harsh. "Anyways I hope Billie drops his arrogant a** and works with great producers in BE3", claims one response.
A few posts brought up Eilish and Finneas having parents who are in the industry, referring to the two as "privileged" One response says, "That’s the most privileged advise someone in the industry could give". Other comments drop more bombs, saying, "Why is he even relevant" and "We don't care".