Homegrown singer-songwriter Linying on: pizza, guilty pleasures and wacky talents

An exclusive interview with Linying, a Singaporean singer-songwriter.

By Rachel Tan


Through her music, it feels as though we already know Linying like a close friend. Her songs are quietly intimate and earnest, her lyrics wax poetic, nestling themselves between our ribs without pomp or pageantry, like rightfully taking a place long reserved for it. From Alpine to Paris 12, her vocals are gripping with a certain transcendental regality to them. It’s a spectacular symbiosis between the listener and the singer – she reveals and gives and compels, and in return we take and stretch and concede.

In this interview, we find out more about Linying as she contemplates pizza, movies and guilty pleasures.

photo by Tan Yan Long

What is your motto in life?
No One Knows Anything

One item in your closet you wear the most?
Ride or die LBD

Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
Napoleon Bonaparte, Vincent Van Gogh, Wong Kar Wai, Matt Healy, Suleiman the Magnificent, Hayao Miyazaki, and Jiro Ono so he can make sushi for all of us…

Describe your perfect pizza.
A margherita made with tomatoes plucked from the vine 5 minutes before

A guilty pleasure?
Watching The Bachelor

photo by Lenne Chai

A secret or wacky talent?
I can lick my elbow

If you could time travel, which decade would you travel to?
430BC Athens

Dream vacation?
Mediterranean summer

What is on your bucket list?
See a Tchaikovsky ballet

photo by Tan Yan Long

What’s one skill you’ve always wanted to pick up but never had the chance to?
Violin

Who’s your style icon?
Gentle Bones

Favourite movie?
Chungking Express

One makeup product you cannot live without?
Dior’s lait demaquillant