This ‘Billie Eilish’ Cover Of ‘Señorita’ Is Pretty Amazing To Listen To
As you definitely know by now, the song “Señorita” by Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes, has become a bonafide hit. Currently sitting at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song is a sexy Latin romp that is definitely in the running for Song of the Summer. And sitting right above Cabello and Mendes on the charts is none other than Billie Eilish with her irresistible goth-pop track “Bad Guy.” Needless to say, both “Señorita” and “Bad Guy” are pretty much inescapable at this point, and with good reason: these songs are bops.
Now, if you’ve ever wondered what “Señorita” would sound like in the hands of Billie Eilish (and who wouldn’t?) you’re in luck! Popular Youtube singer/songwriter and all-around music genius Kurt Hugo Schneider has done just that. Recently, Schneider had the brilliant idea to remake the sexy pop gem “Señorita” in the style of Billie Eilish. The result is a fantastically creepy and deeply catchy cover that might just surpass the original.
As of now, Schneider’s re-imagining of “Señorita” has become a YouTube sensation, racking up over 5 million views on the video-sharing platform.
In his viral video, Schneider takes us step-by-step through the process of transforming Cabello and Mendes’s light-hearted pop song into a twisted gothic ballad. First, Schneider starts by slowing down “Señorita”‘s backing piano track, telling his audience that “it’s not a Billie Eilish song if it doesn’t have a super sad piano.” He then changes the piano chords to be “darker”, and then adds Eilish’s signature bass to the mix. He rounds out the backing track with a heavy dose of drums.
The video becomes really fascinating when Schneider takes Eilish’s signature and unorthodox sound-mixing tactics and adds some creepy synths and random recordings of every-day objects onto the track. For example, Schneider bites an apple and adds the crunch to the back-track. He then drops a ring onto his desk and uses the resulting sound to add another layer of complexity to the background.
After Schneider perfects the track, he adds the missing–and most important– a piece of the puzzle to complete the song: vocals.
Fellow Youtuber Madilyn Bailey lends her voice (and best Billie Eilish impression) to the track. Any Billie Eilish fan worth her salt knows that her vocals are so compelling not because of how she sings, but the way her singing is layered and mixed to give a chilling, memorable performance. Bailey rounded out the track with some Eilish-inspired whisper-singing and an interesting mix of alto and soprano singing. When the song was finally finished, the duo completed the project with an accompanying music video.
The final result was haunting, creepy, and possibly an improvement on the original song, which, for all its catchiness, lacked some substance.
After all, the one complaint we have of the otherwise perfect “Señorita” is that the song is, unfortunately, just bubblegum pop. There’s not much soul in the lyrics or the performances (sorry Camilla!).
As for YouTube users, they were more than impressed by the “Señorita” remix.
There’s nothing the public loves more than a mash-up of their favorite artists.
This Youtube user wanted a Billie Eilish Reaction Video ASAP.
We, also, would love to see what Billie would think of Schneider’s creative remix. We wonder if she’s already seen it?
This user couldn’t help but make a joke about the contrast of the original song with the revamped version.
There might not be two songs on the Billboard Charts that are as different as “Señorita” and “Bad Guy”.
This Latina demanded that the track be available to her for all her re-listening needs.
This is definitely the type of song we’d love to show our friends and subsequently keep on repeat.
This commenter nailed the reason why Schneider’s version of “Señorita” is arguably more compelling than the original:
We wonder if Cabello and Mendes have heard this iteration and wish they take their version in a slightly different direction. We wouldn’t blame them if they did!
This Youtuber made a great point about how Schneider’s version added some much-needed mystery to “Señorita”.
It’s definitely true that Kurt Hugo Schneider is an ultra-talented artist. Having an ear that is so fine-tuned to sound production is a hard skill to acquire! We definitely give props where props are due.
If you’re interested in listening to any of Schneider’s other songs, take a look at the rest of his video library on his YouTube page. Not only does he have other re-imaginings of “Señorita”, but he has other musical reboots. Take a look of his version of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” if it were made by Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello here. You won’t be disappointed!