Interview: Sandy Lynch


Name: Sandy Lynch

Where do you live: Auckland, New Zealand.

Known for:
Piano Performance, Composing, Arranging, Song writing, Editing, Tuition, Orchestration, Transcribing.

Currently working with:
Music-Creations and Piano-NOW.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
Throughout my childhood I did a lot of performing and I guess composing for me was a natural progression from performance.  Now I love to do both.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? 
Well, I’m quite happy to live in Auckland, New Zealand at this stage. Auckland is a vibrant and developing city, so close to the country and beaches!  It is exciting to live here, a great lifestyle in New Zealand and a lot of overseas work is obtained over the internet these days so I don’t feel quite as isolated as I used to!

How would you describe your creativity?
I can sit down anywhere and think creatively; for example composing a piece of music, I can run through various options in my mind and then jot it down in my trusty notebook (or phone!). Sometimes it occurs out of the blue. A tune pops into my head and I know I have to do something with it, develop it and explore it – get it down, otherwise it will be gone forever! (And that’s a terrifying thought!) Other times I make myself think of a mood with an associated title, and compose something. Other times I love to sit at the piano and play my heart out – it’s funny how many times you play a song, it’s different every time!

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
I started piano lessons when I was 4 and since a young child, playing by ear has become second nature to me and I have now formed my own style. A realisation that I have a skill and should take myself seriously and develop it occurred within the last 5 years, but because I didn’t attend University I had to get up to speed with the rapidly changing music industry, so I enrolled in Berkleemusic Online Master Certificate in Orchestration for Film & TV thinking I wanted to be a Mrs John Williams film composer, and while that course was fascinating and very informative I have found that I want to pursue the educational side of piano playing. And although I have tried other career pathways I have always returned to my true passion of music. I can’t fathom the idea of doing anything else!

What do you do at the moment?
At the moment I am devising an online piano method website Piano-NOW which is in the very early stages of development. I am also performing background piano music at the Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna, Auckland which I love (please drop in if you’re in the area!). I play a variety of styles including light jazz, easy listening music, Latin TV/movie themes, show music, contemporary styles and requests.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Research and persistence. Find where you fit in the big picture. Make sure there is a market for what you do.

Tell us how it all started. 
Growing up on a farm in a small district we had to drive for miles to get anywhere. However, I was lucky that my Mum was the classical piano teacher and my Dad (the farmer) played very well by ear, so I had the best of both worlds. While Mum taught me Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Bach etc. Dad taught me stride piano, ragtime and Elton John!  Yeah!  From there I went and had jazz improvising lessons and listened to a ton of music – all sorts of styles and tried to copy what the riffs were, what the bass is doing, what the rhythms are, styles, etc.  Very exciting!

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? 
The computer and the piano – first equal 🙂

What is your favorite film? 
Hmmm, I love my movies but the one that stands out is The Proposal with Sandra Bullock. Very funny, happy ending stuff – yes, love my happy endings. And any Sandra Bullock movie is a great movie!

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Shane Caniglia, CEO Rich Dad Interactive-President of Rich Dad. I would love to pick his brains! A fascinating story of someone who has obtained great success without a University degree. I like that!

How do you like to spoil yourself?
A flat white at Starbucks.

What is luxury for you?
An overseas holiday.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
“Well done, you can really write! A very nice project” by Jack Freeman, Instructor of Film Scoring 101, Berklee Music.

What do you fear most?
Fear itself. Feeling fear in anything helps you grow so I try to embrace it and face it head on.

What is a happy life to you?

What does a regular day look like for you?
Getting kids out the door to school, sit and create at the piano or computer for as long as possible before other commitments.

Tell us about your dream project.
My current dream project is my new website and always creating music and bringing it to life. Educational music and any piano music just for the fun of it!

Who is your professional role model/inspiration? 
My early inspiration was Henry Mancini (yes, he wrote the Pink Panther Theme – the middle big band section is hot, hot, hot!) And he composed a lot of other stuff and arranged a whole heap of stuff, had a distinct style which is very memorable and charming, with some awesome big band chops and other gorgeous delicate melodies. My other musical inspiration is everywhere. I love all music and love to analyse the where, what, how, why and who.

How would you describe your work style?
Creating the mood with music – educational and fun.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without? 
My kids!

What inspires you?
My kids! And all music – any style! I have an appreciation of all things creative, any industry.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. I stumbled across this in a 2nd hand book shop and it was just what I needed at the time!


Connect with Sandy via LinkedIn
Visit her websites music-creations & piano-NOW
Listen to her music on iTunes & Soundcloud
Find out more about her music over here

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