Sound with Vision

Syn is an award-winning music agency and creative resource delivering from idea to execution around the globe

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The Secret is in the Mix

Original music and sound design composed and produced at our world-class facilities 

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Hit the Spot

Need a tune? Find fresh, totally original tracks for immediate use in the ever-expanding Syn Songs library

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Make a Noise

Campaigns, integrated marketing and brand activations, from concept to finale, music included

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Set the Scene

Live music and sonic branding for clients who want to sound the best they can

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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 Radio Head…

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

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.

Yutaka Taguchi

Vice President - Tokyo

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

I find myself going to Ebisu a lot.

Why do you work for Syn?

Syn is a dynamic company with great history.

What is your favorite album?

“Kveikur” by Sigur Ros

What is your favorite song?

“My Way” by Frank Sinatra

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

Ritz Hiraga

Music 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

Seiya Matsumiya

Music Producer - LA

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

Tokyo: Bonobo in Sendagaya. LA: Franklin Village or on a trail somewhere in the hills.

Why do you work for Syn?

Put together my background of LA + Japan + Music, and Syn is the only answer

What is your favorite album?

“Destruction by Definition” by Suicide Machines led to work in music

What is your favorite song?

My #1 most played track of all time is “Moonlight Becomes You” by Booker Little

Toshihiko Mori

Music Producer - Tokyo

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

Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. Santa Monica, LA

Why do you work for Syn?

So I can work on music worldwide!

What is your favorite album?

“Music For Airports” by Brian Eno

What is your favorite song?

“Pure Jam” by YMO

Maki Sawada

Assistant Producer - Tokyo

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

Promenade along Meguro River, Tokyo

Why do you work for Syn?

Because the people around Syn are special!

What is your favorite album?

“Saxophone Colossus” by Sonny Rollins

What is your favorite song?

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by The Beatles

Justin Frieden

Production Manager

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

LA: The beach, Tokyo: Ebisu

Why do you work for Syn?

Because Syn is a great international music company!

What is your favorite album?

Insomnium: Above the Weeping World

What is your favorite song?

Led Zeppelin: Ten Years Gone 

Kurt Pan

Studio Production Manager - Beijing

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

Roppongi Sky deck in Tokyo, Mulholland Dr. in LA

Why do you work for Syn?

We are building studios and creating music. Nothing else interests me more.

What is your favorite album?

It's hard to pick, for now I'll say Opeth's “Watershed”

What is your favorite song?

Hard to say, maybe “Benighted” by Opeth

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

Alan Mawdsley

Music Producer / Arranger - 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

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

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

Rui Aono

Administrative Assistant - Tokyo

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

Ebisu and Hiroo in Tokyo

Why do you work for Syn?

Because here I can get to know a lot of musically talented people.

What is your favorite album?

“Sicks” by The Yellow Monkey

What is your favorite song?

“Burn” by The Yellow Monkey

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