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Rosalía is trying to finish her collaboration with Billie Eilish while in isolation

15 April 2020, 10:03 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Rosalía has revealed the coronavirus lockdown has resulted in her trying to finish her unreleased collaboration with Billie Eilish.

In March 2019, Rosalía confirmed that she had been working on a song with Billie Eilish. A year on and the single is yet to be released, but Rosalía has given a small update on the collaboration in a new interview with Zane Lowe for his Apple Music Beats 1 show.

On finishing her highly-anticipated collaboration with Eilish, Rosalía explains, "I feel like there's so many things going on it's hard to focus, but at the same time I feel blessed that I'm at home, that I'm safe, and that I can make music and I have all this time. I have this little studio, this little set-up that I did here in one room. I have the basics - just the midi keyboard, the computer, just with the mic, and I do my basics and try to do all the vocal production for the next record. I'm working on that on the next record. And I'm trying to finish. During these two last weeks I have been trying to finish the Billie Eilish collab. I think it's getting quite close. I think that the arrangements, I think that yesterday I finished the arrangements. I feel like the production, the sound design is almost done, so I just need Billie maybe send the vocals and they send me the ideas that they want to add because we are there. I hope that Billie sends me her thing."

In the same chat, the Spanish star also reveals that she was due to release a Travis Scott collaboration last month, "I was supposed to release a song with him last month. I was supposed to release a song that I think is for the club, super-aggressive, that I've been working on for a really long time. I was like, "This song is so aggressive" ... It has an energy, I think, that is so specific for a certain moment, that I didn't feel like it was right to release, and I didn't feel like it was connected with what was going on in the world in that moment. I was really worried about, "Okay, what's my next ... What am I going to do? Because I'm in Miami, but my family's in Spain. I don't know what's going to happen in the world. What's going on? I don't understand.” I was worried. I was like a little bit sad, and I was not feeling it. I decided to stop everything. I tell everybody, "No. I need to release something different. I need to release something else, another song. This is not the time. You know what I mean? So I decided to work on a song that I was working on months, months, months ago that I started with Frank Dukes from our Frank Dukes sample. I was just two weeks quarantined, two weeks working at home, back and forth, in distance with Frank Dukes, and I finished "Dolerme". I decided to release "Dolerme", but I want to release the Travis song, because we worked on this song, that it feels kind of … I had a lot of fun with him in studio, and I love his energy. I love working with him. But I think that he's very creative, too, and he gives a lot. I think that artists in general, we all want to be in constant dialogue with other artists, in order to keep creating."

She also revealed that she's been keeping in touch with her family in Barcelona from Miami during the pandemic, and says, "I miss having my mum, I miss spending time with my sister, but it's okay because they are safe and I can call them every day. I'm FaceTiming them every day, so thank God we are all safe. I think that when you cannot do something it also is when you want to do it, right? Now that we cannot leave the house is when maybe you feel like you want to do it the most, which is crazy, but as a musician I feel like we spend a lot of time isolated studying music or producing or recording. We do it a lot, but at the same time, I miss being on stage, I miss being in the street talking to my friends. I need the simple things like being always surrounded by the people that I really, really love. That's something that is so basic for me, so I feel like if I don't have that I feel like I'm less grounded. At the same time, if I'm not making music I don't feel grounded."

So far this year, Rosalía has released two singles - "Dolerme" and "Juro Que".
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