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The 20-year-old Cape Town-based songwriter and musician released his much-anticipated second single 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 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 means a lot to me as an artist. I love the uptempo guitar riffs and it always freaks me out!”

Linley’s 2021 debut single Miss me (when you’re gone) has amassed millions of worldwide streams, over a million YouTube views and over five million TikTok views.

I met Linley last week…

What is your job description?

I think I would say I’m a musician!

What does music mean to you?

Music has a very special place in my heart. It was a big part of my upbringing, so it’s incredibly exciting to pursue it seriously.

My music is about…

Life and different situations I find myself in.

What’s your motto?

This too shall pass.

Fame is about…

I don’t know, if I’m honest I’ve 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 is the pension due?

I don’t love what I do, but that won’t happen anytime soon because I LOVE WHAT I DO!

I do not do …

Shark cage diving, no way.

I would like to write with…

Jon Bellion or Chelsea Cutler

Where do you get inspiration for design?

Watch my journal or a movie for inspiration.

What is the most beautiful aspect of your work?

The live shows. I love connecting with my fans – they are what allow me to live a dream I had as a child. Meeting them and connecting with them is my favorite thing to do.

The song you have to do at every show?

Miss me (when you’re gone)

Any funny moments on stage?

Loadshedding hit during my set. So while the lights were out we did a little impromptu acoustic set that was so awesome!

My heroes are…

My mother and my father

My style icon is…

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

Which living person do you admire most and why?

I really admire my two producers David and Bubele, to see them navigate the music industry and to see their intentions to try to shed light on South African musicians is just amazing. I really admire their work ethic and passion for what they do.

What is your most prized possession?

My Spotify playlists. I love listening to music!

It’s your round; What are you drinking?

Pure and simple, a Stella Artois.

dream gig to do?

Selling out Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.

What makes you special?

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 that becomes quite evident when people come and see my live shows.

Any nicknames?

Willie or Goob

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

A teacher for sure!

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Chaotic, engaging, extrovert, anxious and joyful

what are you streaming

Little geek by Harry Styles

The best movie ever?

notting hill

what book are you reading

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

Which song changed your life?

i love everyone by Justin Bieber

Who you love?

My family and friends

what is your favourite word?

“steez”

your greatest achievement?

My first shows on my first South Africa tour sold out!

What do you complain about most often?

I hadn’t thought of that, very interesting! I guess a lot of times I wish I had more range in my voice? I think I’m complaining about it. But I try not to complain about things in my life. I have to deal with different things and have to adapt accordingly. There is no point in sitting back and complaining about aspects of my life and myself that I cannot change.

What is your biggest fear?

Be crazy!

Joy is…

Doing what I love with people I love.

On stage I tend to…

Losing my voice quickly because I’m too excited and screaming too much.

The best life lesson you’ve learned?

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

What has been your favorite trip so far?

The Journey of Music. It’s been so great to see how my life has changed over the past few months because of the songs I’ve created.

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

My girlfriend runs a charity called Support a Saffa and I try to support her whenever I can

Wishes and dreams?

Never losing my love and naivety when it comes to music. I wish I never lose the awe I feel every time I step on stage to perform.

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