We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Kaplan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a professional musician, I have to think like an entrepreneur in order to actually create a living from the work that I produce. My business is the culmination of the sound and vibe I bring to my musical productions and must represent that sonic identity as a brand.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel like one of the luckiest people alive to be able to earn my living creating music that is fulfilling and in a manner that satisfies the many interests I have creatively and technologically. I haven’t had a career that has been hyper focused around one particular aspect of the business. I’ve worked as a session musician, a composer for television and film, a touring musician, an engineer and producer and even as an acting coach on the set of some of the shows I’ve had the pleasure of working on. I wouldn’t describe anything about surviving in music as easy but if you have real passion for what you do, you learn to take the rejection and challenges in stride; hopefully, putting them in perspective. My career has had very high, highs and has also seen some downturns. I believe that I’ve been able to perpetuate everything by being open to ideas and being willing to be a team player. As a professional musician, you are always providing something and have to remember the need to serve that purpose, whether that’s entertaining and moving people’s hearts or serving the scene and enhancing the drama when composing for media.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a hard one to narrow down but if I was gonna play tour guide to LA for a friend, I’d start in the South Bay, where I live. Manhattan Beach is gorgeous and has amazing restaurants like my favorite, MB Post. There are some amazing hikes in Palos Verdes that I’d have to take them on. One in particular ends close to Terranea resort and its really nice to finish the hike with a drink at “Nelson’s” near the ocean. I’d wanna take them to catch a show at the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek theatre. There’s tons of stuff to do downtown and of course, more amazing restaurants! I love “The Last Bookstore” and the Central Market. I’d want to do a bike tour heading from Playa del Rey and riding the channels around into Venice and on into Santa Monica. There would be many drink stops along the way!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have helped and encouraged me along the way, from my parents, teachers, mentors and friends. I have a friend from college, however, who I believe was the catalyst to many of the connections that I made as I was beginning my path in the music business. If I were to thank everyone who has lifted me up and kept me going on my path, this list would go on forever……