Sam Lung – Founder of Pretty Decent Music (Publishing and Records) and Commercial Composer
Tell us what you do.
I’ve worked in music for years as a session and concert musician, conductor, sheet music editor, publishing specialist and composer. I now run a new independent publisher and label which specialises in music for television, advertising, gaming, and film, with a steadily-growing roster of composers and musicians ranging pop, classical, electronic, folk and the non-definable. I also consult for major publishers and writers on various matters including sheet music publications and copyright strategy. I like people, I like music and I like beer.
How has being part of a coworking made a change to your productivity?
As a music producer, I generally need a writing setup – my home office/studio. This means that I’m answering emails, writing tracks, doing paperwork, acquiring new business, making calls, preparing audio tracks and project managing all from the same space. Difficult to stay focused! In a shared workspace it’s easier to restrict myself by dividing my tasks, and there’s a feeling that everyone is getting through their work at the same pace. It’s also nice to have a reminder of lunchtimes and ‘end of day’ etc.!
What Is your go-to productivity trick?
Deadlines! I must have a deadline. I’m at my most productive when I’m on the final strait, and often late at night when the world shuts down and I can keep focus.
What Is the coolest thing you are working on right now (If you can tell us)?
Currently working with Italian composer-pianist Ludovico Einaudi on his latest project – an immense 7-album release spanning about 80 new tracks.
What Is one work-related accomplishment that you are super proud of?
At age 15 I did some work experience at Abbey Road Studios, shadowing a film composer amidst a film production – it changed my life and put me on the career path to film/television music writing. At the end of 2017, I finally scored my first feature-length film which we mixed and produced at Warner’s De Lane Lea studio in Soho (an eye-opening experience), and then released on Amazon Prime in early 2018.
What Is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Remember what you’re working for! Make time for friends and family, take care of your health. Don’t panic when everything goes wrong – just put things into perspective.
What are your favourite Waltham Forest hot spots?
Ah, so many… Burgess & Hall and Arch Rivals are both brilliant – such great people, drinks, vibe, food, atmosphere. Also a big fan of the Leyton Star and Forest Tavern. Further south, towards where I live in Stratford – Roof East atop the old Stratford Centre, and the Secret Weapon gaming pub (now rebranded ‘Loading Bar Stratford’).
Where will you be This Time Next Year?
Probably doing more of what I’m doing this time next year, still at This Time Next Year – but better! More music, more people, more fun work.