Liana Mckay

Have you always been musical?

I haven’t always been musical. I always loved karaoke as I was growing up in my childhood but never believed I could sing. My mum always said I was a good singer… but mums have to say that!
I began singing and playing guitar at the age of 12. I went for guitar lessons and my teacher said “sing the first line of the song, so you get the beat of the music”- 3 months later we began a duo singing and playing professionally at venues in Bundaberg.

Who are your musical influences?

I absolutely adore Ziggy Alberts. For years I have looked up to him as an influencer as I was first developing a music career. I went a concert of his and he was such a genuine person, who just wanted to share his love for music with everyone in the venue. From that performance it influenced me to stay humble, and keep my passion for music alive. If you don’t love what you do, it really shows through your performance.

Who are you listening to right now?

I am loving Stevie Nicks and her band known as Fleetwood Mac.

Favourite line from a song?

“Lose your dream, you lose your mind.”― The Rolling Stones”

How often do you practice?

I try to practise as much as I can, but mostly just once a week. I’d be lying if I said I was regular.
As I mostly have 2 gigs every week I feel pretty refreshed and confident with my current songs. My practise is mostly for learning new music.

Which instruments do you play?

I am a one-woman band; play guitar, stomp box on one foot and a Tamborine on the other.

What gig past, future or present would you like to have been to/go to?

I would love to have seen a live Stevie Nicks gig.

If you could play any gig or venue, where would you play?

If I could play anywhere I would love to play at a music festival! For example, Big Pineapple or Bluesfest etc. The atmosphere and hype before you go on stage would just be an incredible experience