“It’s as if doing nothing”: about the Billy Ailish phenomenon
Not a day goes by without news about Billy Elish. Yes, it’s Eilish: “someone of what” is a zero-ending declension. Female surnames are not inclined to a consonant. And Billy, this, Ailish is female. Just so that it does not arise in the very first comment – “who is this?” The audience of stereo.ru loves to flaunt the ignorance of modern pop stars.
By the way, I’m not a fan of modern hits either. For 20 years I wrote about music, about everything in general, except for classics, so as soon as it became possible not to follow the current musical situation, I immediately tied up with this matter – and began to listen almost exclusively to classics, jazz and some Suede. here, yes, blessed is he who does not know Billy Ailish. She is sickened. She chose a picture of a Russian girl for the cover of Vogue. She came to the Grammy with nails of an unreal length, built-up, fetishistic like those of a normal Russian prostitute. On our portal, in the heap of news about the singer, and even just by mentioning her name, there will definitely be an adult commentator who says, “who is this?” and “he listened, didn’t go in, I’m aging, I guess.” Probably. Maybe. Everything can be. But there are facts. Those who are not in the tank, it is known that the 18-year-old singer Billy Elish cut down a lot of Grammys this year. And a couple of years ago, her album was in the lead on the Apple Music charts. Now she has published a song for the next “Bond”. I don’t remember something that such a young star would immediately get into Bond. Adele doesn’t count – after all, she cooked longer in this party, and such a thing was entrusted to her, so to speak, not right away. Ailish has something to hate the older generation – 30+. For example, to whisper this manner, which is clearly born out of the fact that music is now mostly listened to in streaming services on a smartphone with plug-in headphones. On the Internet, there are a lot of explanations of the Billy Ailish phenomenon. Including analysis of her manner of singing by vocalists and vocal teachers. Russian people need to explain this, because our main value is the notorious “golosist”. To loud and pathos. And all sorts of melisma-subtones – this is so, garbage, “so I can.” Oh? .. But we have our own expertise. I myself am far from being a vocalist, so I asked Elena Kuznetsova, a cult Moscow vocal teacher, to comment on this issue. “Everyone knows who Billy is,” Lena, the creator of the school-studio “Vocal Magic” begins with an indisputable thesis. – And everyone sees it from their bell tower, understanding in their own way some part of this phenomenon. Here and I will say that I saw it through the eyes of the producer and teacher at the same time. Through the eyes of one who seeks understanding, how it is done and how it can be explained, so that someone else did it. In my opinion, she found a new way of performing. After all, before her presentation was clearly directed from the artist to the listener. The artist broadcasts his message without thinking about “relevance”. His work is this: to carry art to the masses. But in the era of information overload, the listener no longer wants to be imposed on him. He wants to: find, hear, feel. ”So what exactly does Billy do? “She permeates with sound not the space in front of her, but falls into herself. As I say to the <disciples> – “in the meat”, in my very tender part of the soul. And from this the sound diverges like circles on water. Unobtrusive, intimate, neat. Hence the effect: <i> does nothing, but I want to listen indefinitely. In general, others can do it too – the technique is clear. But not everyone has the strength and intention to sing like that. This is an incredible concentration of the “star” level! ”And such a great professional is a real star. And that’s great. Because the Billy Ailish phenomenon shows that music still matters to a wide audience. That this is not entertainment for marginalized people who do not have money for a movie ticket for a colorful blockbuster or a trip to a football match. But until recently, it seemed that all of us, music lovers, were in the ghetto. But no. Thank you, sister.