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

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

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

Kazuyuki Haga

Assistant 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

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

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

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

Sui Sun

Producer - Shanghai

What’s your favorite place to hang out in Tokyo, LA, or Beijing?

Santa Monica, LA

Why do you work for Syn?

Syn is a company which full of creativity and diversity. It’s pleasant to work with so many talented and charming person at Syn!

What is your favorite album?

“Tierra” by L’Arc~en~Ciel

What is your favorite song?

Recently my favorite song is “Lazarus” by David Bowie

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

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

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

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

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