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

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  • At 20, Will Linley exploded onto the South African music scene at the end of 2021.
  • Now, 6 weeks after releasing his second single and hot off his return to South Africa, Linley has released an acoustic version of Wrong Time.
  • "I met someone who I felt was the right girl, but it just hadn't worked out," Linley said about what inspired the song.


From being a breakthrough TikTok sensation to becoming a full-blown recording artist, 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 number 1 debut hit, miss me (when you're gone). His new single, Wrong Time, has done just as well.

In a matter of months, he's evolved from creating content in his hometown to featuring on top radio stations, in major photoshoots and shooting multiple music videos in Los Angeles.

'Sad words, but happy music!'

Now, 6 weeks after the release of Wrong Time and hot off his return to South Africa, Linley has released an acoustic version of his second single.

"The Wrong Time acoustic video was rather unexpected. One afternoon I was chilling with my mate John Samuel, and we decided to shoot the video for fun. We found a beautiful hill close to the place I was staying and got our friend Abongwe Booi to film it," Linley said of how the video came about.

"The video feels super light-hearted to me, and it perfectly encapsulates the vibe of the original song, sad words, but happy music!"

In an interview with Channel24, the 20-year-old further revealed how Wrong Time was conceptualised.

"Wrong Time was written last year in August, and funnily enough, it was actually done all over Zoom. The producer, John Samuel, who I was working with, was based over in the States, so I hopped on to the Zoom call and took it from there."

Speaking about what inspired the chorus, Linley revealed it was based on having "met someone who I felt was the right girl, but it just hadn't worked out, so it was the right call at the wrong time."

"John and I were just speaking about it, and he was like, 'Well, the chorus line is she was the right girl at the wrong time.' And I was like, 'Okay, let's go for it!' And that's ultimately how the song began," he added.

WATCH WRONG TIME (IN THE FOREST) HERE:

'What does Will Linley like to do? Who is he?'

Linley is signed with BMG, who represent artists including 5 Seconds of Summer, Louis Tomlinson, Maxwell and Jason Mraz - an incredible feat at his age.

Speaking about what he is looking forward to most in his growing career, Linley said, "If I am lucky enough to build a career out of doing music and doing what I love, I'm really excited about the ever-changing and ever-evolving sound of Will Linley."

Elaborating, the Capetonian said, "With the upcoming singles and releases that will be coming in the next few months, a lot of it was me trying to find my sound and trying to figure out, 'Okay, what does Will Linley like to do? Who is he?' And so all these songs are kind of taken from different musical inspirations."

Linley added that he is also excited to "play live shows and meet with the incredible people helping me live out my dream."

'There are so many people I'd love to work with'

On gaining inspiration from various different sounds, the youngster revealed his top three dream collabs.

"One writer, in particular, is a guy called Jon Bellion. I have just looked up to that guy for so long and just his ability to piece together melodies and words and things like that."

Another writer Linley would love to work with is American singer-songwriter, Chelsea Cutler. Finally, the Wrong Time hitmaker revealed he would love to work with local muso Lloyiso.

"I just think has got like one of the most amazing voices I've ever heard in my entire life. He's the type of person that when he's singing, 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 home town, the muso revealed that a big announcement later this week will set him on the road again. 

"We're making a little bit of an announcement later this week, which is very exciting. Just think lots of live shows and lots more music."

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