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

Hi Siyi, how do you think about risk?
Risks are both a difficulty and an opportunity. Risk puts my ability to judge as a mature adult to the test in every way. Additionally, risk demands individuals to accept responsibility once the project begins. Risk makes me more circumspect and meticulous about every decision I make and every step I take; those experiences have strengthened my ability to grasp projects and forced me to make more mature decisions. I frequently relish the difficulties that risks present. Risk management has undoubtedly made me a more mature practitioner in the sector.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am really proud of my identity as a female Chinese screen composer. I feel myself lucky to live and work in New York, a city that is open to diverse cultures and sounds. My four years in New York have broadened my view on the potential for cultural fusion.

Prior to moving to the United States, I had the goal of incorporating Chinese music elements into American films, games, and other media. I’ve found over the last several years that my goal is not only to showcase the distinctive characteristics of Chinese music, but also to inspire ethnic musicians similar to me to demonstrate the power of ethnic music, to explore the effectiveness of cultural fusion, and to encourage them to do the same.

I’ve been lucky in that some of the directors and game producers with whom I’ve collaborated have been really supportive of my musical concepts. For instance, I composed four soundtracks for Rachel Li’s game Hot Pot For One. Rachel motivated me to compose in terms of merging musical styles. The game was nominated for a BAFTA student award and received a number of other awards. NYFA sponsored our OST soundtrack concert, which has been a wonderful motivation for me. And I’m also working on an experimental virtual reality animation short with award-winning Chinese animation director Wenya Chen, who shares my enthusiasm for fusion music.

I’m very proud of myself for being able to stay true to myself while still learning new things and improving my project ideas. This is hard because the media music industry has its own set of rules, and I hope that my small efforts will encourage other people to do the same thing. My journey is still going on, and though I can’t say I’ve succeeded yet, I hope every artist can encourage themselves and think about their first idea; maybe this will help them keep going!

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.

Museums/shows : Met, MoMA, the New Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, Broadway Shows! Blue Man Group

Chill sites : Governor’s Island (you can only go there by taking the ferry), Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Part Pier 3(Best sunset and Manhattan view site), Rockaway beach.
Central Park, Prospect Park…

Interesting transportation: NYC ferry (It is surprisingly chill and convenient), Roosevelt Island Tramway.

Williamsburg & Bushwick vintage stores!

Food: East Village (Chinese and Japanese restaurants and bars), Soho (Spanish/Italian food), Ktown (so much Korean food), Astoria (Seafood)

Rock climbing : MetroRock (the kindest rock climbing place in NYC)

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?
Too many people to shoutout to!

I want to shout out is myself first. Thanks for working very hard to live and treat people with a kind heart.

Mom and dad are unquestionably my strongest supporters in my life and career; they provide me with unconditional financial and emotional support; they know me so well that they can always connect to my emotions. They applaud any of my minor accomplishments. While I am aware that many parents are fantastic, my parents are the best!

My friends, professors, and great music communities who surround me, whether physically or virtually, assist me in discovering who I am and steadily increase my self-confidence.

Shout out to my collaborators, clients, and those who have confidence in my capacity to work! They demonstrated what it takes to be an outstanding industry expert, and I learned a great deal about competence and how things are handled.

Website: https://www.siyichenmusic.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siyichenll/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siyichen98/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SiyiChenmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011226603151

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaQBrJbJwdLFjVANK9vMx3g

Image Credits
Feilin Yang Rachel Li

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