A fan of honest tunes with awkward dance moves, melancholic house with a Nordic influence, or a confidence-boosting music production YouTube channel helmed by a female producer? Then Liina ‘LNA’ Turtonen’s channel might just be for you. Here, the Finnish musician, music producer and YouTuber opens up about finding her calling in music production despite being told she’d never have a successful career…
Calling herself “your favourite dyslexic producer,” LNA (now based in York in the UK) is known for her bi-lingual lyrics and for combining electronic music with orchestral, organic and cinematic sounds. The aforementioned audio/production channel on YouTube called LNA Does Audio Stuff is a hub of regularly updated content where she works to banish feelings of imposter syndrome to her wider producer community, helping artists grow in confidence to guide them on their own production journeys.
As a neurodiverse person, she believes in finding power in authenticity. Her Patreon community is also dedicated to helping people feel confident in their artistry. She's so driven to help break down barriers towards getting people into music production, she’s even writing a book on creative confidence for Routledge. And all this almost didn’t happen:
“I grew up doing theatre and drama all my life,” she begins, speaking to Headliner from her studio in York. “I was never, ever going to be a musician. I was like, ‘That's not for me’, because I was never the best student. I was a mediocre student. Well, not even mediocre,” she corrects herself. “I was not a great student, let's just put it that way! I never really practised; it was not my passion at that point. I never fitted in because I'm neurodiverse as well,” she clarifies.