Nationally syndicated radio host Kyle Meredith, known for his work with Elliott Smith and Dave Matthews to name just a few, recently welcomed multi-instrumentalist, producer, and Billie Eilish's brother, FINNEAS (Finneas O'Connell) to his podcast, Kyle Meredith With... to discuss his new solo single, "Naked," and finds out that there's a whole lot more to come from both bright-eyed O'Connells.
FINNEAS, first explaining how his latest solo single "Naked" came to be, says he's constantly noodling with different musical ideas, and this one happened to come to him over a year ago. LIkely the same can be said for some of his newest music for sister Billie Eilish, although he does admit to going into his many different projects with a certain "agenda" specific to each artist he chooses to work with.
"I'm a pretty prolific writer," FINNEAS admits, then feeling the need to explain. "I see people misuse that word a lot... 'Prolific' just means you make a lot of stuff, it doesn't mean you're a genius... I just make a lot. So, I have a lot of songs written in various stages of being recorded. I'd love to put out another body of work this year. My life of work is sort of like a pie chart and the biggest chunk just now was scoring this movie called 'Vengeance' for B.J. Novak which just finished up... now I'm really excited to dive back into not only my own album but Billie's next album, which is really exciting."
FINNEAS also worked on the "timely and relevant, unfortunately" soundtrack for the HBO Max film The Fallout, which in light of the most recent deadly school shooting in Uvalde, TX and his own single "The Kids Are All Dying," has given him plenty of reason to pause. "I can't wait for that song to be irrelevant," he says. "I'd love for it to be irrelevant, and I wish when I wrote it I thought it would be irrelevant soon, but I thought this is going to be true for a long time, unfortunately, largely because of our government being cowardly. That song, more than anything, was really just a song about the rest of the music that I make... How can I sing about anything/nothing when there's this thing that needs to be addressed? The whole system -- being a musician, being a pop culture participant as an audience member, or as an artist -- is a little bit like baking a cake while your house is flooding. You could focus really hard on the cake, but you should probably stop the leak first."
Listen to the full interview with FINNEAS above on Kyle Meredith With... an interview series in which WFPK's Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Meredith digs deep into the artist's work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going; From legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2, and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.
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