In an interview with Apple Music’s ALT CTRL, he’s explaining why a recent article from The Guardian asking who may be the “next Billie” is frustrating and how the question could have been asked differently.
The musician and producer says he was “so mad” before breaking down his thoughts, saying “Well, the only version of that question that I can get behind is who is the next person that will do exactly what they want and be deemed pop music?”
“That verbiage I would understand, but to me it does a disservice to two things. It does a huge disservice to Billie, in that you could be a next Billie,” he adds.
“It also does a huge disservice to anyone they claim Billie is the next version, you know what I mean?”
“And I think that to me it was like, it’s not cyclical in that way. Billie was nominated for album of the year, the same year Lana was. It’s not like you pass the torch and then you just retire.”
Adding his own thoughts onto the question itself, FINNEAS says it’s ironic because of how unique her music is. He further explains comparisons to the likes of Lana Del Rey or Lorde are odd as they “did the same thing” by writing the music they wanted to.
“They’ve both been influences of ours, for sure. I also was like, ‘Isn’t she a little new- .. for there to be a next of any?’ Do you know what I mean?”
“Imagine if somebody was like, ‘Who’s the next Timothée Chalamet?’ It’s like, he’s currently Timothée Chalamet,” he says.
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