Eilish opened up in a songwriter roundtable for 'The Hollywood Reporter'
The "Everything I Wanted" singer, 21, opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about her creative struggles before she penned "What Was I Made For?" with her brother and collaborator Finneas.
“I honestly was concerned that it was over for me,” Eilish told a roundtable of Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Jon Batiste, Cynthia Erivo and Julia Michaels for a songwriter roundtable. “We’d been trying and it wasn’t doing what it usually would do in me. I was honestly like, ‘Damn, maybe I hit my peak and I don’t know how to write anymore?’
But a call from director Greta Gerwig in January asking her to write a song for the Barbie soundtrack changed everything.
“Greta saved me, really, honestly,” the pop star told the outlet. “It brought us out of it and immediately we were inspired and wrote so much more after that.”
In July, Eilish discussed experiencing a "frustration in writing" before the creation of "What Was I Made For?" in an interview with Apple Music 1 host Zane Lowe.
"And Finneas has always been the one that's like, 'No, no, no, let's write. Let's write.' And honestly, we were in a period of time where we were both ... like through this last winter, we've both been incredibly uninspired," Eilish told the radio host. "And we've still been working and trying to make stuff. And honestly, that song was the first thing we'd written in a minute."
Eilish and her songwriter/producer brother, 26, had been experiencing a period of self-doubt.
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"We were really in a zone of feeling like we lost it and feeling like, 'Man, I don't know if we can do this anymore.' And we were like, I was 15 years old, 16, 17, and he's a teenager, you can imagine my thoughts of doubt. Like, 'Oh, I can't do this anymore,' " Eilish explained.
While there is an element of Eilish in "What Was I Made For?" she largely tried to step into the shoes of the iconic doll.
"The start of writing this song, the first day of writing, Finneas and I, especially me because it's from my perspective, we were purely only thinking about Barbie," Eilish explained. "I did not think about myself once in the writing process. So that's the full first verse, pre-chorus, chorus, maybe second verse, all in one night."
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