Liam Lynch:
Fake Rock Star

By Stephanie Jorgl

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Walking into Liam Lynch’s video and audio studio compound is like stepping into a serious time warp. Bright red carpet, a retro globe TV and switch-operated spinning disco ball hit you instantly and are just a few of the random things that make up Lynch’s Dr. Who-era inspired playland.

In addition to his two separate studios — the audio recording and editing studio and the video editing studio that is painted blue to help double as his screening room — Lynch has a room full of props, including countless wigs and sets of fake rubber teeth. Lynch clearly lives in a different dimension — the dimension of fun.

Lynch started writing stories and original music when he was 12 and wrote, recorded and produced his first album of original songs by the age of 15.
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Driving Into Rock & Roll. Liam Lynch played his puppet connections right in order to break big on mainstream radio.

He became a published writer and poet by 18, and he scored a recording contract at 21. He went on to further ingest knowlege by working alongside Sir George Martin in recording studios in Liverpool, while attending lectures by Brian Eno.

“My album comes with an included DVD, so it is an audio album as well as a visual album. I made the DVD 100% on my Mac. All graphics, all the videos, all the audio — I made everything in the comfort of my home studio,” says Lynch.

Lynch produced local Liverpool bands while in England, and worked with writer/producer John Parish (best known for work with PJ Harvey). But he also acted in television commercials, and had been featured in three BBC documentaries and publications around the world before finally deciding to mastermind the MTV hit series, “The Sifl & Olly Show.”

“Whatever” An Accidental Hit
Between the first and second season of the “Sifl & Olly Show,” Lynch recorded a solo album called “Fake Songs.” “During the second season of the show, which featured two original songs per daily episode, we came up short a couple of songs,” explains Lynch. “So I used two songs from my solo album to fill the gaps. Of all the songs from the ‘Sifl & Olly’ episodes, I noticed that people reacted to ‘United States of Whatever’ the most.”

When the “Sifl & Olly Show” went off of the air, Lynch put the song onto a CD sampler. But before he knew it, his “My United States of Whatever” song had topped the British charts. Lynch promptly licensed the song as a single in the UK on the label Global Warming.

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Breaking “Whatever”
Lynch’s UK release of “My United States of Whatever” quickly became popular on American airwaves, and as a result record companies in the US rushed to offer Lynch a deal.

“I knew that I wanted to go with a label that would understand that I’d need to take time off to work on films, and EMI did,” he says. “I also knew I didn’t want to do the touring thing. The live thing is great, but I’m not in it for the stage energy. I just like being in the studio late at night working on music, video or whatever.

Lynch went on to release the “Fake Songs” CD in the U.S. on the EMI label in April 2003, and in the UK in June 2003.

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