Finneas O’Connell has been one of the busiest guys on the Coachella festival grounds for the past two weeks.
FINNEAS, as he is known, is the older brother of Saturday Night headliner Billie Eilish. He plays, produces and writes some of his songs. During Eilish’s two Saturday night performances, FINNEAS joined her to sing “Your Power” and generally provided backing.
But FINNEAS is also an artist in his own right and has the caliber to have his own set at Coachella. He hit the outdoor theater on both Sundays to play his own 50-minute set.
FINNEAS, like his sister, has a comfortable demeanor on stage, acting as if the crowd is made up entirely of his best friends. The 24-year-old’s songs are easy to listen to, but shouldn’t be called ‘easy to listen to’. Its breezy crackle and crisp production make viewing a FINNEAS set perfect for a sunny 5pm swing.
“Thank you to everyone who stayed up late for Billie’s set last night and still came here for this one,” FINNEAS said on Sunday. “Lots of love to my sister for being here too.”
Eilish was there, though she wasn’t singled out or shown on the big screen. Saturday was Billie’s day, Sunday was for FINNEAS.
Dressed in a smart light blue suit, he walked through almost the same set he played last Sunday, acknowledging that for him it’s weekend 2, but for all the fans it’s their weekend 1.
He kicked off his set with the song “Naked,” which he performed live for the first time over Weekend 1. The very first words he sang were into a dead microphone, but three seconds later , the sound clicked and there were no more technical issues throughout the set.
He plays guitar and keyboards and moves around the stage with such ease it might as well be his living room. He is supported, in fact, by two members of Billie’s band.
During his song “Around My Neck”, he was so comfortable that he actually lay down on his piano, singing towards the sky. He followed this with the moving “I Lost a Friend” and concluded with his biggest hit, “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”.
It was 50 crisp and effervescent minutes in the sun.
FINNEAS already has a full mantle at home, having won eight Grammys as a writer and producer on Billie’s albums. He even has an Oscar and a Golden Globe for writing on his song “No Time to Die” for the James Bond film of the same name.
If Sunday’s performance is any indication, more material may be coming in his future, this time as a lead performer.
Shad Powers is a columnist for The Desert Sun. Contact him at [email protected]