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Lianne Kaye is only 18, but the rock/pop singer has already captured attention through her YouTube channel. Not only does Lianne sing covers of songs by well-known artists like Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, and Ellie Goulding, but she also writes and records her own original songs. In fact, she has even recorded an EP entitled ‘Vacancy EP,” and it is available to pre-order on 16 December. I had the opportunity to speak to Lianne about the inspiration behind her songs and how she has developed as an artist through YouTube.

At what age did you become interested in music? How did you become interested in it and how did that interest develop?
When I was about 6 or 7 I sung round a friend’s house. They were quite musical and said I should pursue it. I just knew that I enjoyed it, so I kept singing and learning songs. Later, when I moved to a different school at 13 I decided to start playing the guitar and writing songs. I knew it was what I would love to do.

What was it like the first time you performed live?
I was about 9, and it was at a holiday camp. I was nervous, but I loved it. It’s a strange feeling that you can’t really describe. It just gives you a real buzz.

You gained recognition through Youtube. What was that like? Would you recommend YouTube as an outlet for musicians?
It’s been great. I started doing it just to get some feedback, and I never expected it to become what it has. It truly is a brilliant foundation, and I would recommend anybody starting out to use it.

What does a typical day on the job entail?
It’s very varied. I could be going to the studios and writing or heading up to YouTube HQ and shooting some videos that are coming up. It’s all exciting, and I enjoy it very much.

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What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from great songwriters and people I look up to, as well as things that have happened to me or others.

What do you hope to convey through music to listeners?
I hope to convey real, honest messages of things that I’ve witnessed or experienced, thing that maybe others have experienced too and put those into my music.

What is the greatest challenge of being a musician? What do you most enjoy?
I think there are many challenges in being a musician, but I imagine the media can be a big challenge within the profession, especially when you are not used to it. I most enjoy song writing and playing. I can’t think of anything else that I enjoy more; it’s a great feeling.

What barriers do you and/or young musicians in general today face? What is your advice for young musicians today?
I think it’s easy when you get into the music business for there to become a barrier between the artist and their followers as you start to progress. That’s why I have loved doing my YouTube channel and being able to communicate with my supporters. I feel that is very important; without them none of us would be able to pursue what we love. It is important to break that barrier. My advice would be to involve your fans and just go for what you want to do.

Are there any musicians you would like to collaborate with?
I would LOVE to collaborate with Michelle Branch. She is my idol. Or maybe The Veronica’s or Taylor Swift. They all rock.

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What is your favourite work you have done thus far?
I’m very proud of ‘Vacancy EP,’ as it conveys the sound that I’m going for. I have loved writing and recording it.

What is your greatest achievement thus far in your career?
One of my greatest achievements is the fan base I have built on my YouTube channel. I’m so grateful for the lovely people that have supported what I do, and I am really proud of it.

What future projects are you currently working toward?
My EP ‘Vacancy EP’ is available to pre-order on Monday 16 December, so we have been working really hard on this. I’m really excited! Also, lots of cool competitions and videos are coming up to look out for.

Where do you aspire to be in five years?
In 5 years I hope to be song writing and performing, and I would absolutely love to have an album out.

To learn more about Lianne and her music, visit her Youtube channel today. Also, be sure to visit her Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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