At only 21 years old, the multi-talented Finneas O’Connell has already become a buzzing and sought-after producer, songwriter and artist. Working behind the scenes on numerous hit singles, 2018 marked the year that Finneas stepped out into the spotlight with his own innovative and ambitious solo project.
Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Finneas was homeschooled alongside his younger sister, Billie Eilish. Music was always an important part of their childhood and education and by the time he was eleven, his parents had taught him guitar and piano. While he admits that his first foray into playing music was to impress a girl he liked, he quickly found that music itself was, perhaps, his one true love. Finneas took to writing his own songs and by the time he was a teenager, he was already teaching himself to produce.
In 2016 Finneas wrote a song titled “Ocean Eyes” in his bedroom studio. After playing the song with his band The Slightlys, he realized he had a different vision in mind for the song and asked his sister Billie if she would lend her vocals to the track. Combing her sweet soaring voice with sparse clean production, the brother-sister duo decided to upload the track to Soundcloud. That same single became the breakout hit for Billie Eilish, quickly grabbing her a record deal with Interscope and gaining major media buzz. The siblings continued to write and record together for Billie’s solo project, creating her debut EP don’t smile at me and her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? which came out on March 29th. Already regarded as a major producer and songwriter to watch, FINNEAS has his own solo project, that he has been quietly fine-tuning in the background — or, well, in his bedroom studio. If his sold-out headlining gigs at Baby’s All Right (NYC) and The Troubadour (LA) or the screaming fans on Billie’s tour are anything to go by, the world is very much ready for Finneas (releasing under the capitalized moniker FINNEAS) to put his foot to the pedal with his solo music. Finneas recently finished sold out US and European tours where he did double duty each night, both supporting and playing with Billie Eilish.
With each new release, Finneas consistently proves his talent and versatility as an artist, songwriter and producer. Unafraid to be vulnerable and unfiltered, his songs are rich with pure unadulterated emotion. His poetic lyrics glide over his signature clean, fresh and inventive beats. Utilizing out-of-the-box sounds like handclaps, texting sounds, and matches, as well as cleverly layered harmonies, Finneas’ music is instantly captivating.
Finneas has also had the opportunity to collaborate with artists including Khalid, Kehlani, Jessie Reyez, Ashe, Olivia O’Brien, Sabrina Claudio, Marian Hill, Bruno Major. His music can also be heard in TV and film including Netflix’s hit show 13 Reasons Why, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Marvel’s Runaways, and the movies Everything, Everything and the Oscar-nominated Roma.
With millions of streams, an ever-growing fan base, and press praise trickling in from PAPER, Billboard, Zane Lowe, Ones to Watch, and more, there is no doubt that 2019 will be another momentous year for the multi-talented FINNEAS.
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