In the interview, a part of Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Eilish spoke candidly about her struggles with depression and how she suffers with night terrors – a topic she revealed she was covering on her album.
The singer also elaborated on the concept behind her upcoming album and gave an insight into working with her brother.
Speaking about her album, Eilish said: “The album is basically what happens when you fall asleep. For me, in every song in the album there’s sleep paralysis. There’s night terrors, nightmares, lucid dreams.”
Eilish went on to describe how she had suffered with night terrors herself: “I’ve always had really, really bad night terrors. I’ve had sleep paralysis five times. All my dreams are lucid so I control them.
“I know that I’m dreaming what I’m dreaming, so I don’t even know. Sometimes I’ll have dreams where the thing that was in my dream will happen the next day. It’s so weird. Its’ so weird.”
You can hear Eilish talking about her debut album and the dreams in the video below:
The singer also described working with her brother. “We see each other in a way that doesn’t require needing to tell each other. That’s also regarding the way that Finneas looks at the album when she was explaining to me yesterday. You can explain what you were saying to me.
“I just was thinking he sees me as I am instead of going into a session with a total stranger. This is what’s going on and this is how I feel.”
Speaking about the depression she suffers from, Eilish said it had “controlled everything in [her] life.”
“I’ve always been a melancholy person. I feel like there are some people that neutrally they’re happy.”
Eilish went on to say that she hoped her work and openness when talking about her mental health inspired her fans.
“It’s different for some people and it’s okay. I feel like people are just so weird about it because people that aren’t neutrally unhappy don’t understand how it is because they’re like, ‘Well why are you unhappy all the time when you have da da da da?'”
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Last week, Eilish announced a pair of intimate acoustic concerts in London around the release of her debut album.The shows follow Eilish’s sold-out six-date UK tour, which starts on February 27 at Manchester Academy and ends with a three-show run at Shepherds Bush Empire from March 4-6. Eilish is also confirmed for Reading And Leeds Festival on August 24-25.
Eilish, who recently released new single ‘Bury A Friend’, has also seen her track ‘When The Party’s Over’ recently covered by Bring Me The Horizon.
For help and advice on mental health issues, check out the below organisations:
- Order Ruby Tandoh’s ‘Do What You Want’ zine here
- YOUNG MINDS – The voice for young people’s health and wellbeing
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably for young men
- Time To Change – Let’s end mental health discrimination
- The Samaritans – Confidential support 24 hours a day