The 20-year-old singer and musician from Cape Town released his highly anticipated second single Will Linley this March. Wrong time via BMG – representing artists such as 5 Seconds of Summer, Louis Tomlinson, Maxwell, Jason Mraz and Natalie Imbruglia.
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The new track follows its 2021 debut with much praise and excitement. Written in a jam session with songwriter and producer John Samuel Gerhart.
“The song is about finding the right girl at the wrong time,” Linley said. “This is a very personal song and it means a lot to me as an artist. I love the guitar riffs and it always makes me want to wake up.
Linley’s 2021 debut single I miss you (when you leave) It has garnered millions of global streams, over one million YouTube views and over five million TikTok views.
I met Linley last week…
What is your job description?
I guess I’d say I’m a musician!
What does music mean to you?
Music has a special place in my heart. It was a big part of my upbringing and it’s incredibly fun to take it seriously.
My music is about…
Life and the different situations I find myself in.
What is your motto?
This too shall pass.
Popularity is about…
I don’t know, to be honest, I’ve never given it much thought. Fame is not the goal for me. My goal is to create music that people can connect with and enjoy.
When will retirement be?
I don’t love what I do, but that won’t happen soon because I love what I do!
Shark cage diving, no trails.
I want to write with…
John Bellion or Chelsea Cutler
Where do you go for inspiration to create?
Check out my magazine or movie to draw some inspiration.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
Live shows. I love connecting with my fans – they are the ones who allow me to live the dream I had as a child. Meeting them and building a relationship with them is something I really enjoy.
Song you have to do during every show?
I miss you (when you leave)
Any funny moments on stage?
During my meeting, the installation took a hit. So while the lights are off, we’ve got an amazing little improvisational acoustic set!
My mother and father
My style icon…
This is a very boring answer, but I really don’t have one, I really don’t know!
Which living person do you most admire and why?
I really admire my two producers David and Bubel, it’s amazing to see the way they navigate the music industry and their ambition to shine a light on South African musicians. I really admire their work and their passion for what they do.
What is your most prized possession?
My Spotify playlists. I love listening to music!
It’s your turn; what are you drinking
Plain and simple, Stella Artois.
Dream gig to do?
Sell Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.
What makes it stand out?
I’m happy and energetic, and I don’t take life too seriously. I try to have fun as much as possible and I feel that is very clear when people come and watch my live shows.
Willy or Gob
What would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?
Definitely a teacher!
Choose five words to describe yourself?
Messy, involved, flipped, stressed and happy
What are you conveying?
A little freak Harry Styles
Best movie ever made?
Which book are you reading?
Everything you need to know about the music business By Donald S. Passman
Which song changed your life?
I love anyone. by Justin Bieber
Who do you love?
My family and friends
What is your favorite word?
Your greatest achievement?
Selling out my first shows on my first South African tour!
What do you complain about most?
I hadn’t thought about this before, very interesting! I think a lot of times I wish I had a bigger range in my voice? I guess I have a complaint about this. But I try not to complain about things in my life. I am dealing with different things and I have to adapt accordingly. There is no point in sitting back and complaining about aspects of my life and things about myself that I cannot change.
What is your biggest fear?
Doing what I love with the people I love.
On stage, to…
I quickly lost my voice because I was so excited and so loud.
Best life lesson you’ve learned?
It’s okay to make mistakes because it’s an area with a lot of growth potential.
What was your favorite trip so far?
A musical journey. It’s been amazing to see how my life has changed in the past two months because of the songs I’ve created.
Do you do charity work, and if you do – what do you do?
My friend runs a drive called Support a Saffa and I try to support her whenever I can.
Wishes and dreams?
May I never lose my love and gentle nature when it comes to music. I wish I never lose the feeling of admiration I have every time I step on stage.