We had the good fortune of connecting with Shinya Lin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shinya, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
To me, music comes from life, waking up to the ordinary life is the most important realization of human beings from nowadays social constructs, I am fortunate that I am pursing an art or what people would said a more abstract career, in the case work and life are interpenetrating inseparable, accepting whatever it comes, living the life following the forces, be flexible on changes and having a clear mind of what I am going for.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
”Accept whatever it comes, listen to the very life we are living, there is only the enjoyment of life.”

Music
Best thing I love about music is the power of connection, there are nothing but love. People are always searching the space, the higher connection that is indescribable by words, everyone has their own universe, music creates life forces that bring our spirits together, and we breath in the human pulses, music and art are inseparable from life, we search for that power, thus connect with other in the most natural way, when we are engaged with ‘present’, we are ‘living’, no matter a person plays instrument or not, as long as they are willing to be a part of the music, they are involved, and they are part of the creation.

Giving​
The moment we breath in immediately feeling the life itself, be open to everything, be compassionate and loving others; “giving”, dedicating the self with no ego, no takes, just giving and embracing, like Mother Nature.

Nature
“Is it myself becoming the tree, or the tree is becoming me?”(Toru Takemitsu)
I love going on self-trips confronting nature, feeling the pulses between us and surroundings, the relationship between human and nature, the ordinary life that connected to the every-sounds surrounding, the liveness forces within timeless pulses, and the egoless beings as a whole one.

Practice
My practices included the Chinese book of change “I Ching”, “Diamond Heart Sutra”, and other ancient Chinese texts. In the process sincerely opened up my sources to feel surroundings connected to my interpretations, to a life without attachments, a life with compassion, a free mind to enjoy what we have.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Seeing the life of people in the area, feeling the pulses of the city, checking out the cultural history and humanity developed here, I would prefer depending what my friends love and personalized their interest with what I recommend, but definitely all the first stuffs on the list above.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Everything in every life interconnected with engagements to me, there are more beyond what I can say, but the most thankful is what my parents have been supporting me through my process. Throughout my education I have encountered many many of mentorships from all great human beings, and people I considered bad too! There were many books in the history of all human experiences and wisdoms and that would be a non-stop endless routine of mine throughout my living days. I am really thankful to my great great mentors that opened my insights to see my life and pursue my career without being limited and confused by the social constructs: Marti Epstein, Kris Davis, Francisco Mela, Christian Li, Kenny Werner, and a lots of others I don’t want to make a book of names here but would be ever grateful to present all of them!

Website: www.shinyalin.com

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Image Credits
Ken Yin, Paul Zhao

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