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2016-06-30 / Front Page

West Seneca graduate wins recording studio time

by LUCY LOPEZ
Reporter


Lyndsay Munich recently won the Lucille & Jack Yellen Foundation Songwriter’s Scholarship sponsored by the Buffalo Musical Hall of Fame. Lyndsay Munich recently won the Lucille & Jack Yellen Foundation Songwriter’s Scholarship sponsored by the Buffalo Musical Hall of Fame. From her days as the only fourth grader singing the verses to Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” as a bus full of kids pounded the “boom, boom, clap” rhythm on the back of their seats, music has always been a part of Lyndsay Munich’s life.

The 17-year old West Seneca native has already self-produced her own album titled “Dusk at Dawn.”

“Lynz,” as she calls herself, just graduated from West Seneca West Senior High School and recently won the Lucille & Jack Yellen Foundation

Songwriter’s Scholarship sponsored by the Buffalo Musical Hall of Fame.

When deciding to produce her own album, inspiration came from Owl City’s Adam Young. Munich thought, if he could record and produce at home, so could she.

She vigorously studied audio engineering and home recording until she was able to figure it out. Her friend Josh, who she met on Sound- Cloud in 2013, encouraged her to keep learning. He helped produce the album.

“I would record some and then realize I did a really lazy job with them, so I remember in one night I literally re-recorded the guitar parts for nine songs out of 12. And those are the parts I ended up using in the end. Pretty wild,” Munich said.

The contest she won was open to area high school and college students. They performed at the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls.

Part of winning the contest means Munich will get a full day of recording at GCR Recording Studio, owned by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls. Her winning song will be recorded and mastered and she will have the chance to perform again at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Munich will also get a spot on the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame compilation CD and have the opportunity to be mentored by Hall of Fame members.

Munich has yet to record in a studio.

“I’d imagine it’s much much quieter without sirens and motorcycles driving by 24/7,” she said.

Performing at Hard Rock was not her first time. She’s been doing benefit concerts since the age of 12 and played her first show at Sugar City on Niagara Street on June 18.

Sugar City was exciting for her because it’s an all-ages venue.

“I’m used to playing for an older crowd. I made a lot of friends and it was a really refreshing experience.”

Just as she was finishing up her song “Enough,” Munich got an e-mail about submitting to enter the contest.

She describes “Enough” as “a really powerful song about breaking up with the negative parts of your life and your negative ways.”

Last year, Munich entered and was told she was close to being a finalist. She knew this could be her break. She’s honored to have won this year. Details on when she will be recording in-studio are still in the works.

But this isn’t Munich’s first big musical achievement.

Last summer, Munich was accepted into the Grammy Foundation’s summer camp for high school students in Los Angeles, California.

She got a full scholarship to the audio engineering program at the camp and this was her first time running a soundboard and working with musicians in a studio.

Munich met more than 70 youth from all over the world during her 10-day stay in L.A. She still keeps in touch with some of the people she met.

Upon arrival, the camp provided all attendees with a journal; Munich immediately filled hers up. “I have yet to read it,” she said, “Sounds like a good idea.”

Nashville is next on her list of places to visit.

Munich currently writes on her blog, lynzmunich.com, as an outlet to give advice to those looking to get into the industry and a way to get her thoughts out there. It’s like her online journal.

So what’s next for Lynz? We’ll just have to wait and see what song randomly pops into her head next.

“Sometimes it’s a song that I don’t recognize, so I have to go write it,” she said.

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