Billie Eilish, who has been a prominent figure in the music industry since she was a teenager, shared in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 that she had been struggling with her creative inspiration before co-writing “What Was I Made For?” for the soundtrack of Greta Gerwig’s movie “Barbie.” The Golden Globes 2024 awarded the song the Best Original Song title, which she co-wrote with her brother Finneas, a music producer and songwriter.
Despite her success in the music industry, Billie experienced a period of self-doubt that went far beyond writer’s block. In the interview, she revealed that creating anything new was challenging before writing “What Was I Made For?” She explained that she had forgotten that music could be used as a healing mechanism, and it wasn’t until she found solace in someone else’s work that she realized the importance of music in her life. During the interview, Billie shared that she and her brother were struggling with their writing when they came up with the idea for the song. “What Was I Made For?” resulted from their collaboration, and it helped her overcome her creative struggles. The song’s melancholy melody and lyrics reflect feeling lost and unsure of oneself, which Billie explained reflected her state of mind during that time.
“What Was I Made For?” not only won a Golden Globe but also helped Billie Eilish find her creative inspiration and reminded her of the healing power of music. Speaking at the interview, she said,
“It’s crazy, so crazy. When they announce it and they say your name and they say ‘This is Billie’s second nomination and second win’, I’m like ‘Whoa!’ Your stomach just flips, and like it’s crazy,”