Cliff Lin a composer who has been featured on numerous films, trailers, commercials, games, and records and had worked on popular projects such as The Expendables 3, Call of Duty, Tomb Raider, Prometheus, Sucker Punch, Green Lantern, Conan: The Barbarian, Transformers, The Golden Compass, Hell Boy, and Abduction. A drop out of Berklee, Cliff wanted to create his own methods for learning and collaborating through music. Moving back into his parent’s house, he stayed true to any opportunity that presented itself through constant production and persistence of sending his work to companies all over the country. Eventually, he discovered an opportunity for an internship in NYC and booked the flight immediately. One thing triggered another… and Cliff started his world domination.
Check out his trailer production music AND his side project band City Girl. They are both incredible.
Here are the highlights of my funky conversation with Cliff:
- 4:13 :Tinkering with music at 12 years old, taking piano lessons and being in a marching bank in high school, going to Berkley College of Music in Boston and leaving after a year as he felt less of a musician conforming to the systems and wanted to apply his creativity his own way,
- 10:05 :Committing to music and how he got himself out there by sending his output to production companies and record labels,
- 11:36 : His immediate decision to fly out to New York to grab the opportunity to be an intern in a music production company in that state,
- 15:46 : Getting his lucky break when one musician was a no show and he got picked to play bass out of necessity, learning through trials and tribulations after that, and pushing himself to deliver,
- 21:07 :How he accidentally got started into making music for movie trailers, video games and commercials, and
- 26:57 : His side projects such as City Girl, which is his outlet into making other types of his music, and how he met the vocalist of the band.
To defeat Godzilla with his talents…
- “I would want him to be on my side but if I cannot do that I would have to make some nasty dubstep because that would be the only sound massive enough to beat him.”
- One of the best things ever is just to get an internship in a real production studio as you can learn more there in a week than a whole semester of school.
- At the end of the day, that’s what music is all about: having fun and doing what you want.
- Sometimes the best things come out of conflict. It’s inherent that there will be some head butting but good stuff can come out of it.
- It’s very important to stay true to yourself and have integrity.
- Always keep learning new things. Learn as much as possible about all aspects of your field and passion. It doesn’t matter how big or how small as long as you are progressing.