Approximately 15 minutes
Finneas: Recording Grammy Award-Winning Albums from His Bedroom
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You may not know Finneas O’Connell as a household name...yet. He goes by the mononym Finneas when performing.
However, this music writer and producer recently made a name for himself when he won five Grammys at the 2020 Grammy Awards. He’s the older brother of singer Billie Eilish and has collaborated with her as writer and producer on all of her albums.
A Family of Musicians
Born in 1997 in Los Angeles, California, Finneas is the son of actress and singer Maggie Baird. His mother said she knew he had talent from an early age as she would hear compositions from the other room and ask, “Who wrote that?” He would simply reply, “I wrote that.”
When he was 12, he attended one of his mother’s songwriting workshops and has been working on songwriting and producing ever since.
Rise to Fame
In 2015, Finneas wrote and produced the song Ocean Eyes for his sister’s dance class. She performed the song and they posted it on the online music distribution platform SoundCloud. The song gained a lot of traction on the internet, and Finneas and his sister, Billie, were signed to an artists and repertoire company.
The duo continued to write and produce songs from Finneas’ bedroom in his parent’s house using a modest production setup and eventually released Billie Eilish’s debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The album debuted at the top of the US and UK music charts, and netted both Billie and Finneas five Grammy awards each.
Now, he’s touring the world with his sister and writing and producing songs for some of the top names in pop music like Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, and John Legend. He’s since moved into his own home and upgraded his in-home studio for better quality. Finneas and Billie are always working on new songs, so keep an eye (or ear) out for these rising musical talents!
In this video, Finneas shows the in-home studio where he and Billie Eilish grew up and created their first hit songs: