Grammy award-winning producer Finneas O’Connell, also known as Billie Eilish’s brother, wants you to realize that he didn’t get any special treatment and worked hard for his job and all of his Grammys, okay? The reason why he’s on the defense is because, according to Pop Crave, he doesn’t want you to think he’s as privileged as you think he is.
In a since deleted tweet, 22-year-old Finneas, who co-wrote Bad Guy, became Smug Guy when he bestowed his wisdom on people trying to make it in the music game.
A piece of advice to young creatives. “Shooting your shot” is promoted widely and I think honestly, it’s a little overrated. Work super hard alone or with your closest friends. Make shit so good it speaks for itself. Don’t pester people to work with you, let them come to you
— FINNEAS (@finneas) February 23, 2020
Finneas was then called out by people who reminded the 22-year-old fountain of wisdom that he grew up around industry people. Finneas and Billie’s parents, Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell, are both actors/musicians. Screenshots via Pop Crave:
According to Billboard, Finneas responded by saying that yes, his parents are actors, but they’re not exactly Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr. So he and his sister didn’t use their connections to get to the top because they had no connections.
“During my life time, our parents were never able to fully financially support us off of their work as actors. Our dad worked 12 hour days 7 days a week as a construction worker for Mattel and our mom was a teacher. Our parents gave us love but knew no one in the record industry.”
In fact, Finneas said that their parents didn’t help with their careers, but they’ve now given their parents careers, since their mom and dad work on their tour.
“I paid off their mortgage last year and billie pays them each salaries to tour with us full time though they have told us many times they would work for us for free,” he continued, before adding “Anyone who saw us tour in 2019 knows our dad insists on sweeping the stage each night before we perform.”
A piece of advice to young millionaires like Finneas, turn down the haughtiness when giving career advice. Maybe Finneas can up his mom and dad’s salary and promote them to tweet checker.