#MusicExchange: rising star Will Linley

Cape Town-born, 20-year-old songwriter and musician Will Linley released his highly anticipated second single last March Bad time via BMG – which represent artists like 5 Seconds of Summer, Louis Tomlinson, Maxwell, Jason Mraz and Natalie Imbruglia.

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The new track follows its 2021 debut to much acclaim and excitement. Written during a Zoom session with songwriter and producer John Samual Gerhart.

“The song is about meeting the right girl at the wrong time,” Linley said. “It’s a very personal song and it means a lot to me as an artist. I love up-tempo guitar riffs and it always makes me want to rock!

Linley’s first single of 2021 I miss me (when you left) has garnered millions of global streams, over one million views on YouTube, and over five million views on TikTok.

I caught up with Linley last week…

What is your job description?

I guess I would say I’m a musician!

What does music represent for you?

Music holds a really special place in my heart. It was a big part of my upbringing and so pursuing it in earnest is incredibly exciting.

My music is about…

Life and the different situations in which I find myself.

What is your motto?

This too should pass.

Fame is about…

I don’t know, if I’m being honest, I never thought about it too much. For me, fame is not the goal. My goal is to create music that people connect with and enjoy.

When will retirement come?

I don’t like what I do, but that won’t happen any time soon because I LOVE WHAT I DO!

I do not do…

Cage diving with sharks, no way.

I would like to co-write with…

Jon Bellion or Chelsea Cutler

Where do you look for inspiration to create?

My journal or watch a movie to inspire me.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job?

Live shows. I love connecting with my fans – they’re the ones that allow me to live out a dream I had as a kid. Meeting them and connecting with them is my favorite thing to do.

The song you have to do at every concert?

I miss me (when you left)

Fun moments on stage?

Load shedding during my set. So while the lights were off, we did a little impromptu acoustic set which was so awesome!

My heroes are…

My mother and my father

My style icon is…

That’s a pretty boring answer, but honestly I don’t have one, I don’t really know!

Which living person do you most admire and why?

I really admire my two producers David and Bubele, seeing how they are navigating the music industry and seeing their intentions of trying to shine a light on South African musicians is just amazing. I really admire their work ethic and their passion for what they do.

What is your most valuable asset?

My Spotify Playlists. I love listening to music!

It’s your turn; what are you drinking?

Pure and simple, a Stella Artois.

Dream concert to do?

Sell ​​Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.

What sets you apart?

I’m fun and energetic, and I don’t take life too seriously. I really try to have as much fun as possible and I feel like it’s pretty clear when people come to watch my shows live.


Willie or Goob

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

A teacher for sure!

Choose five words to describe yourself?

Chaotic, engaging, outgoing, anxious and joyful

What are you broadcasting?

Little monster by Harry Styles

The greatest movie ever made?

Notting Hill

What book are you reading?

Everything you need to know about the music industry by Donald S. Passman

What 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?

I’m selling out my first shows on my first South African tour!

What do you complain about most often?

I hadn’t thought of that before, very interesting! I think most of the time I would like to have more range in my voice? I guess I’m complaining about that. But I try not to complain about things in my life. I deal with different things and I have to adapt accordingly. There’s no point in sitting around and complaining about aspects of my life, and myself, that I can’t change.

What is your biggest fear?


Happiness is…

Doing what I love with the people I love.

On stage, I tend to…

I quickly lose my voice because I get too excited and shout too much.

The best life lesson you’ve learned?

It’s okay to make mistakes because that’s where you tend to grow the most.

What has been your favorite trip so far?

The journey of music. It was so awesome to see how my life has changed over the past two months because of the songs I created.

Do you do charity work, and if you do, what do you do?

My friend runs a record called Support a Saffa and I try to support her when I can.

Wishes and dreams?

To never lose my love and naive nature when it comes to music. I wish to never lose the feeling of admiration that I have every time I go on stage to perform.

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