Emerging 17-year-old singer Cole LC has come a mighty long way — and he’s pulled it off in a staggeringly short space of time. With music piquing his interest at the young age of 13, his first musical obsessions came from two completely different directions that would end up intersecting in a surprising way. At school, he would spend as much of his free time studying battle rap platform Don’t Flop, finding a hero in fellow Yorkshireman Dialect (“He was one of the only rappers rapping with a Leeds accent so it felt close to home,” he explains). He became a big fan and followed his career closely. Meanwhile, the Leeds native was also taking singing lessons with local legend Cleve Freckleton. By chance, Freckleton noticed Dialect’s picture on Cole’s phone, and in a hugely unlikely turn of events, it turned out his music teacher wasn’t as out of touch as he’d thought and was, in fact, Dialect’s father.