Billie Eilish and Finneas give David Letterman a lesson in the ins and outs of vocal production in a clip from the Eilish episode of My next guest needs no introductionwhich premiered today, May 20, on Netflix.
In the clip, Eilish explains that she creates her studio vocals through a process called “comping”: one for each part of the song. After all the takes are defined, Eilish and Finneas essentially stitch together the best parts into the final performance that is heard on the record.
To illustrate this, Finneas pulls through the ProTools session with Eilish’s final vocal on “Happier Than Ever,” which features a ton of dark lines splattered across the file. Each stroke represents the start of a different take, and as the song plays, Letterman watches in awe as Eilish notes how many takes were put together to create the song: “And you’d never know!” she exclaims.
Speaking to probably everyone, Letterman notes, “Hearing his voice in this context is a little bizarre because I’m looking at the things that actually represent the voice. I’m hearing the voice, which is, ‘Oh my God.’ And you’re just sitting right there. It’s a little crazy.”
In addition to accompanying Letterman through his recording process, Eilish also took the kart comedian on her episode of my next guest. The show’s new season also features Cardi B, Kevin Durant, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ryan Reynolds, and Will Smith (Smith’s interview was filmed before he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars).