From TikTok to the recording studio: Will Linley is making waves on the local and international music scene

  • At 20, Will Linley exploded onto the South African music scene at the end of 2021.
  • Now, 6 weeks after releasing her second single and returning to South Africa, Linley has released an acoustic version of Wrong Time.
  • “I met someone who I thought was the right girl, but it just didn’t work out,” Linley said of what inspired the song.

From being a breakthrough sensation on TikTok to becoming a recording artist in his own right, South African muso Will Linley is making waves on the local and international music scene.

At 20, Linley exploded onto the South African music scene at the end of 2021 with a first number 1 hit, I miss (when you left). His new single, Bad timedid just as well.

In a matter of months, he went from creating content in his hometown to presenting on top radio stations, in major photo shoots and filming several music videos in Los Angeles.

‘Sad words, but happy music!’

Now, 6 weeks after the release of Bad time and shortly after returning to South Africa, Linley released an acoustic version of her second single.

“The Bad time the acoustic video was rather unexpected. One afternoon I was chilling with my buddy John Samuel, and we decided to shoot the video for fun. We found a nice hill near where I lived and asked our friend Abongwe Booi to film it,” Linley said of the making of the video.

“The video feels super light to me, and it perfectly encapsulates the mood of the original song, sad words, but happy music!”

In an interview with Channel24the 20-year-old further revealed how Bad time has been conceptualized.

Bad time was written last year in August, and oddly enough, it was done all over Zoom. The producer, John Samuel, who I was working with, was based in the US, so I hopped on the Zoom call and took it from there.”

Speaking about what inspired the chorus, Linley revealed it was based on “meeting someone who I thought was the right girl, but it just didn’t work out, so it just didn’t work out. was the right call at the wrong time”.

“John and I were talking about it, and he was like, ‘Well, the refrain is that she was the right girl at the wrong time.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, let’s go!’ And that’s ultimately how the song started,” he added.


‘What does Will Linley like to do? Who is he?’

Linley is signed to BMG, which represents artists such as 5 Seconds of Summer, Louis Tomlinson, Maxwell and Jason Mraz – an incredible feat at his age.

Speaking about what he looks forward to most in his growing career, Linley said: “If I get the chance to build a career making music and doing what I love, I’m really excited about the ever-evolving and ever-evolving sound of Will Linley.”

Elaborating, the Capetonian said: “With the upcoming singles and releases coming in the next few months, I was largely trying to find my sound and trying to figure out, ‘Okay, what’s what Will Linley likes to do? Who is he?’ And so all of these songs are sort of drawn from different musical inspirations.”

Linley added that he was also excited to “play live shows and meet amazing people who are helping me achieve my dream.”

“There are so many people I would love to work with”

Drawing inspiration from various different sounds, the youngster revealed his top three dream collaborations.

“One writer, in particular, is a guy named Jon Bellion. I’ve admired this guy for so long and just his ability to put melodies and words together and things like that.”

Another writer Linley would like to work with is American singer-songwriter Chelsea Cutler. Finally, the Bad time the hitmaker revealed that he would like to work with local muso Lloyiso.

“I just think he has one of the most amazing voices I’ve ever heard in my entire life. He’s the kind of person that when he sings, you’re just sitting there going, ‘Oh my God, you are the most gifted individual.'”

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“Lots of live shows and lots more music”

While Linley has just returned to his hometown, the muso revealed that a big announcement later this week will get him back on the road.

“We’re doing a little announcement later this week which is very exciting. Just think a lot of live shows and a lot more music.”

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