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Close Up Interview with Music Composer & Producer Sean McVitty

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

I live in the beautiful hills behind Byron Bay Australia, where I compose and produce music for the Yoga, Spa and Wellbeing industry. I’m passionate about creating music that supports deeper states of relaxation, meditation and healing. Working closely with massage therapists, yoga instructors and Spa centers, I’ve created a series of 60 minute CDs that transform any environment into an oasis of tranquility and bliss.

Who (or what) inspires you to do what you love in your creative business?

Itʼs the wonderful feedback and testimonials that I receive daily that motivates me. I know Iʼm on the right track when hearing about where the music has been able to help someone deeply relax, to help them sleep, or calm them throughout their busy day.

Where do you get your inspiration from when you compose your music?

It can come from any place but having a lifestyle that is in alignment with the music I write is what allows for the magic to happen. Itʼs through receiving letters from people who havenʼt been able to sleep through a night and now can, from mothers with children who now settle to sleep and are calmer before bedtime, this feedback has become the inspiration for me.

Music for Healing & Wellbeing

What are the five words that people you know would use to describe you?

I had to ask my friends! Peaceful, Calm, Grounded, Driven and Magnetic.

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CD 1 – A Journey Into Bliss 

Tell us about your very first job and what path you have taken since then?

My first job at the age of 17 was a display artist building props for television commercials. Since then Iʼve done many different things to pay the bills but it was my passion and gift for playing music that has always been there. Iʼve played as a professional musician in bands for most of my life. In the 1990ʼs I worked as a session musician for many of Australiaʼs most iconic rock bands and this lead me to composing and producing major releases for Sony. EMI. Grundyʼs Television and Network Ten.

Describe a typical day in your studio?

I begin each day with yoga and stretching, then if the swells good a surf out front on my favourite and local beach… then itʼs home for a breakfast of muesli, yoghurt and fruit… I like to sit outside in the sunshine with my feet on the earth… this helps me stay grounded and focused within my day… My studio is situated in a wildlife sanctuary in the hinterland of Byron Bay. Itʼs teaming with birdlife and song… this morning ritual prepares me for the studio and allows space for the creative energy to flow… and deal with the emails, phone calls, orders, to do list etc…

Sean’s music studio

As a music composer, what is your biggest frustration?

The devaluation of music! As a teenager, buying music was special. Iʼd spend all of my money buying albums and then spend hours and days engrossed in the detail and journey of each one. Now people want music for free, its almost an expectation… sadly.

Tell us how you prioritise your work.

I wear many hats, I design all the artwork, built my website and compose, record, mix and master all of my own material. With so many things always needing to be done I go into the studio each day and follow where the energy wants to flow. But Iʼm also very blessed in that my gorgeous supportive partner Ali takes care of the social media, wholesale and retail side of the business.

How do you connect with other creative professionals, and your clients (i.e. how do you network)?

We recently returned from the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Sydney. This was an amazing opportunity to be face to face with both clients and healing professionals. Whilst there I was approached and offered an distribution deal with THE major music distributor for the wellbeing market, this was a real coup. My website, LinkedIn and Facebook business page has been a successful way of connecting to my local community and to the world. Iʼm so fortunate to be in a town that draws in so many talented artists from all over the world. I feature real musicians and sound healers on all of my albums.
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What advice can you offer other creative people who are just starting out and following their passions?

Get off Facebook! (I recently did and find I have a lot more available time). Take off your shoes and stand on the earth. Follow your dreams no matter what! Tune into your body… what I mean by this is by asking yourself questions and waiting for the answer to come from within rather than seeking answers via the mind alone… you always know the answer you just have to make yourself quiet enough to hear it.

What dream do you still want to achieve or fulfil in your life?

To have my music played in every Spa, Retreat and home on the globe!

What is your proudest moment so far?

Iʼd have to say my beautiful daughter Laylah, she constantly amazes me, Iʼm so proud of her. Professionally, Iʼm most proud of the four albums that Iʼve just released. Sharing them with the world is something Iʼm immensely proud of.

Surfing Byron Bay

Who do you most want to meet and why?

Anna Breytenbach I recently watched a film about this amazing woman, with unique skills in animal communication. Stunning scientists and animal carers of her power toconnect and transform wild animals such as Lions, Elephants, Baboons and Wolves from pain and trauma to healthy being.
It was incredibly inspiring…. check out animalspirit.org

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CD 3 – Colors Of The Heart 

What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?

To keep my heart open no matter what!

What book are you reading right now, and do you have a book you would like to recommend?

The book by my bed currently is The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. There are three books that have changed my life.

A Passionate Marriage by David Snarch. Feelings Verses Emotions by Marianne Williamson (Everyone should read this – the world would be a different place if we did), and Spiritual Partnership by Gary Zukov.

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CD 4 –  Sounds Embracing The Silence

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About The Author

I am a Business LifeStyle coach who specialises in working with artists, designers, crafters and all creative professionals. Myself and my partner Stuart Horrex are here to help you to achieve your Life & business goal and dreams. We have had over 20 years experience in finance, retail,furniture,food,wine fashion,crafts and hospitality.