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Christopher Tyng: 3 quick questions

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Christopher Tyng is a composer, producer and songwriter. He has worked alongside numerous known artists and has composed material for popular TV series and motion pictures over the past two decades. His credits include such shows as “The OC”, “Futurama”, “Covert Affairs”, “Rescue Me” and “Suits”. He has worked in a wide variety of musical genres including (but not limited to) electronica, folk, neo-soul, punk and reggae.
Here are the 3 quick questions asked of Tyng:

1. What was it like when you first were paid to compose music and can you tell us about the moment you made the music industry a career?

Tyng: I think my first actual "paying gig" was an Academy Awards pre-show on NBC... they wanted me to write a bunch of "songs" with no lyrics, that would sound like the current bands playing on the radio. I got the call the day after I had just moved to LA permanently - which was a great way to kick off living there!

I think I always knew I was going to make music my career; but the way it actually came about was a bit of a surprise - if you told me back when I was basically a drummer from the east coast that I would soon be writing and recording music with big orchestras in London and LA, and all of the other crazy things that have happened so far - I would have never believed it. It's been an incredible ride.

2. If you could immediately be put in charge of any TV show, which show would it be and how would you change the music on that show?

Tyng: That's a hard one . . . first because I'm so busy with the projects in my studio that I rarely have time to watch any TV . . . even my own shows... and secondly, because I think there's such a close connection between the creator of a show and the music that he/she chooses to match the tone and arc of that series and it's stories. I think it would be hard to step into someone else's shoe's and muck with their vision; it'd be like trying to finish someone else's painting.

When I wear my composer hat, my job is to help interpret, realize and enhance a show creator's aesthetic, not replace it - I try to become the musical extension of their ability as a storyteller. However, if I was suddenly given my own show, after all of the varied experience scoring so far - I hope I'd have pretty good music instincts - and I'd want to use the opportunity to help create exposure for some great undiscovered artists as well.

3. What is next?

Tyng: More upcoming great artists, their music, and "Session Diaries" episodes from the Grow Music Project! Every month, we release a new artist's song that we produce as part of GMP, as well as their episode for our YouTube series.

Our first season of episodes continues on through November. And at the same time, I've got all of the music to write, record and produce for the new season 4 of USA's “Suits”, as well as some album projects in the works . . . so not too many dull moments around here.

So there you have it, boys and girls, 3 quick answers from Christopher Tyng. Hopefully, you found these 3 quick questions entertaining and interesting.

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