Nick Wood

CEO / Creative Director

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or China?

Tokyo: Syn Cafe, LA: The Bungalow, Shanghai: Le Baron

Why do you work for Syn?

Syn is my life's work, 25 years and still loving it, Syn's my baby!

What is your favorite album?

This year I’m loving David Bowie’s Black Star…

What is your favorite song?

Recently I’m loving "Burn The Witch" by Radiohead…

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Simon Le Bon

Chairman

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

In Tokyo, Roppongi, clubs and karaoke bars. In LA, a bar at Sunset Marquis, Rande Gerber’s place

Why do you work for Syn?

Get to do things that I cannot do with Duran Duran

What is your favorite album?

“Horses” by Patti Smith

What is your favorite song?

Today, my favourite song is “Bottle Up and Go” by John Lee Hooker

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Yasmin Le Bon

Co-founder

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

Nick and Nori Wood’s place in Tokyo and Nobu in Malibu. Saying that, I think I need to spend much more time in both cities... Just for research of course!

Why do you work for Syn?

God knows, I think Nick spiked my drink a long time ago and I haven’t quite fully recovered yet.

What is your favorite album?

Well that’s tricky!!! "Aladdin Sane” by David Bowie

What is your favorite song?

It changes everyday... Today, it’s “Riverside” by Agnes Obel.

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Mineyuki Kugishima

Strategic Division/ Executive Producer

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or China?

My favorite place is in the middle, Hawaii!

Why do you work for Syn?

30 years ago I managed Nick and I have been good friend since then.

What is your favorite album?

Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

What is your favorite song?

Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin!

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Yumi Tanabe Arnaudo

COO/ Head of Production

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

You can find me in Izakayas to wind down and gather around for fun with Today’s specials and Shochu…otherwise, nice cozy bars with good music with good speakers to indulge…and dance eventually…

Why do you work for Syn?

Besides my long friendship and working with Nick now... cuz, SYN has the finest approach to sounds that inspire me with the goodness of staff to make what this Galaxy created… music…or the other way around;-) And of course making creative content is my passion.

What is your favorite album?

Thinking of this takes up 100% of my heart and brain so please allow me to come back to you again or I won’t wake up…I always liked Prince…but that’s just one of a bunch.

What is your favorite song?

Maybe I’m still searching…from classic, rap, pop to progressive rock lover…This morning I walked happily with “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay…proves that I like Avicci;-)

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Zhenzhen Yan

Producer - Beijing

Where is your favourite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA, Beijing or Shanghai?

My favourite place is Qianmen Beijing. This is a place integrated with ancient elegance and modernisation of Beijing. Also, my favourite jazz bar is located there - where you can enjoy wonderful jazz music from all over the world.

Why do you work for Syn?

Syn is an international creative music studio. Here, our colleagues come from all over the world, and everyone is very close to each other, we are just like a family, and we create so many excellent works together.

What is your favourite album?

Four80East - Positraction

What is your favourite song?

Minmi - 四季ノ呗

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Seiichiro Ikeda

New Business Development

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or China?

I love looking for new ramen shops around Tokyo.

Why do you work for Syn?

I love to collaborate with enthusiastic, creative people, who do excellent work.

What is your favorite album?

The Score: Fugees

What is your favorite song?

No Woman, No Cry covered by Fugees

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Naoaki Kusunoki

Business Manager / Sonic Branding - Tokyo

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

Kitazawa-gawa Ryokudo

Why do you work for Syn?

Because Syn is a team of the greatest people.

What is your favorite album?

“Water Forest” by Rurutia

What is your favorite song?

“Time Traveler” by Rurutia

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Benji Compston

Music Director / Producer

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or China?

I love walking in Las Virgenes Canyon in LA - it's a beautiful place to spend time. I also love 'Malo' on Sunset Blvd for great Mexican Food, and Cafe Stella (also on Sunset!) for a nostalgic European feel.

Why do you work for Syn?

Because I love our great work, our great team and our international outlook. #musicwithoutborders.

What is your favorite album?

Transformer by Lou Reed.

What is your favorite song?

Impossible Germany by Wilco.

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Kazuyuki Haga

Producer - Tokyo

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

Komazawa ~ Ikejiri-Ohashi since there are many good coffee roasters and a huge park.

Why do you work for Syn?

To make the world a better place!

What is your favorite album?

Discovery / Tokyo Incidents

What is your favorite song?

Moon River

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Natsuki Yoshida

Live Entertainment Manager - Tokyo

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

You can find me in the parks and valley where there’s nature on my days off. I also like lively yakitori place but prefer small and intimate restaurants and cafes.

Why do you work for Syn?

I simply love people and vibes at Syn!

What is your favorite album?

The latest album by Gabriela Montero

What is your favorite song?

“Coisa” series by Moacir Santos

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Ritz Hiraga

Chief Producer - Tokyo

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

Kiryu in Ebisu. Santa Monica Beach in LA

Why do you work for Syn?

Chemistry, I guess.

What is your favorite album?

“Rubber Soul” by The Beatles

What is your favorite song?

“Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles

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Jenny Jin

Business Manager - Beijing

Where is your favourite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA, Beijing or Shanghai?

Beijing Old city, Drum-tower area. I call it the Beijing Hippy style. I like to ride my old bicycle across the Hutongs, and listen to the heartbeat of this ancient capital.

Why do you work for Syn?

Syn is such an international company with a great diversity. Beautiful music with beautiful people.

What is your favourite album?

“Splendor In The Grass” by Pink Martini

What is your favourite song?

“Watch your step” by David August

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Hannie Knox

Project Assistant

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

I am happiest when surrounded by nature somewhere in the mountains around Tokyo,,,, and beyond!

Why do you work for Syn?

I love music, I love Tokyo, and I love being surrounded by cool and creative people!

What is your favorite album?

I always seem to come back to Lungs by Florence and the Machine.... that or Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

What is your favorite song?

Currently I can't stop listening to 'I'm Gonna Break Your Bones' by 'The Disco Dog'

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Alan Mawdsley

Music Director - Tokyo

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

Yoyogi Koen, Tokyo

Why do you work for Syn?

Creative, fun and run by a fellow expat Brit!

What is your favorite album?

“PARAISO” by Haruomi 'Harry' Hosono and The Yellow Magic Band

What is your favorite song?

“Tokio Rush” by Haruomi 'Harry' Hosono and The Yellow Magic Band

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Mathieu Kranich

Production Assistant

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or China?

I like to go around Ikebukuro but I still have a lot to discover.

Why do you work for Syn?

Working with such talented people is so enriching.

What is your favorite album?

Recently I like to listen to Abzu's score composed by Austin Wintory

What is your favorite song?

"Ready, Able" by Grizzly Bear

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Takashi Akaku

Studio Engineer - Tokyo

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

Shino, Tokyo

Why do you work for Syn?

The excitement of music

What is your favorite album?

“Physical Graffiti” by Led Zeppelin

What is your favorite song?

“Rocky Racoon” by The Beatles

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Yuji Hagiwara

Composer - Tokyo

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

Harajuku

Why do you work for Syn?

Syn creates and delivers inspiring music to different parts of the world.

What is your favorite album?

”Melankton” by Kate Havnevik

What is your favorite song?

“EASY ACTION” by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES

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Matt McKay

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or China?

In Tokyo, any run-down Yakiniku Izakaya that serves Hoppy.

Why do you work for Syn?

For the love of music!

What is your favorite album?

Right now it's Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino by Artic Monkeys

What is your favorite song?

Today, Peaches En Regalia by Frank Zappa

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Norico

Photographer - Tokyo

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA or Beijing?

Around The Imperial Palace

Why do you work for Syn?

I always love creative work. (my previous work was interior and architecture design)

What is your favorite album?

Right now, “Magical Mystery Tour” by The Beatles

What is your favorite song?

At the moment, Mr. Blue Sky / ELO

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