We had the good fortune of connecting with Arun Ganapathy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arun, what are you inspired by?
These last few days have been rather difficult for me with the passing of my incredible and loving grandmother. Honestly, I’ve found it hard to be inspired recently, but as I look for comfort and inspiration, or something that just makes me laugh, I turn to video games, music, and anime. I feel that as we grow older, it’s harder to maintain a deep connection with your inner child. I truly “never forget my roots” because they’re still so ingrained in everything that I do and create. Don’t get me wrong, new stuff is really cool too, but there’s a reason that being “classic (maybe timeless)” has such weight to it. I am grateful for so many entertainment franchises that have spanned the life of my childhood and into my adult life, and these certain ones fuel my love for the art form. 20+ years later, I’m able to jump into a new Pokemon game that gives me the same type of joy that I had as a 8 year old kid. Revisiting things from my childhood fuels me with an unexplainable abundance of happiness and inspiration. The recent resurgence of the popularity of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, have allowed me to revisit these beautiful narrative and character arcs with a new and mature light. I also love the idea of the Avatar state, where the avatar is able to tap into insane amounts of power and endless wisdom. I honestly wish I could jump into that kind of deep flow in my own life and work. Even revisiting my favorite songs from my childhood are profoundly eye opening. With the 20th anniversary of Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory, I’ve been listening to the album a lot. If you asked me 20 years ago why I liked it, I would answer “I love how he yells SHUT UP” but now, listening to Papercut is rather fitting to the general feelings brought on by the pandemic this year. This stuff still slaps! I urge you to revisit some of your favorite tunes from your childhood, it might fill your day with some much needed nostalgia.
What should our readers know about your business?
Future Ramen is an all-encompassing audio production company where we provide services in custom music composition, sound design, sound editorial and audio production for interactive and linear media. We were founded on the intent to push sonic boundaries and strive for authenticity. By giving clients a one-stop shop for all their needs, we’re able to keep a project’s identity consistent and original. We have every aspect of sound covered, and we do plan on building our team and collaborating with talented artists as we grow. Originally, we started Future Ramen because we wanted to be more and to do more. Professionally before FR, I was immersed in the film scoring world and was on a very incredible, yet specific career track. I knew that following that path would lead to ultimately the culmination of ONE dream, but I had so many other plans I wanted to explore. Through Future Ramen, I was able to create freedom. I have the ability to call the shots with my team and to choose to do what we want to do, not based out of necessity. This led to an immense uptick in overall happiness, creativity and connection. With this vehicle, we’re able to develop even unique ideas, stories, and IPs, with us at the helm that transcend just the music world. Aside from my world that is Future Ramen, I’m working on an independent company with amazing composer, Deborah Lurie, and with our new venture we’re devoted to taking scoring into different worlds, beyond the screen. We’re making it interactive to the nth degree and we’re bringing personal energy into it, as well as connecting it with healing and one’s personal journey. The topics of mental health, wellness, and self development are so profoundly important to me so I’m thrilled to be building this.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As soon as said friend touches down at LAX, we’re hitting “The Ramen Joint”, which is my all time favorite spot for ramen in LA, and its 2 min from the airport. LA’s incredible for all sorts of food, but I generally prefer the smaller less fancy spots. Sunny Blue makes some BOMB onigiri, and their seasonal specials are really fun. Badmaash in DTLA is awesome for some cool pop Indian food if you’re down for it. Definitely take a visit to El Matador Beach, it’s relatively chill compared to more of the popular SM and Venice beaches, plus its dog friendly. Pre-covid I’d definitely recommend checking out music or shows, if its a Tuesday or Thursday night, Sound Nightclub has the best parties and sound system in my opinion, so make sure you catch a Mau5trap lineup there!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Personally speaking, the greatest opportunities and moments happened while I was knee deep in the pandemic. I met amazing new comrades and have strengthened existing bonds with my closest friends. These experiences were difficult at first, but with the ability to adapt, I was able to leverage it to get stronger mentally and to harness creativity. With this new motivation, I plan to address the collective strife and unwellness in life right now through music and art. When I chose the most important factor above, “Support” was a close second. I owe literally all my success to the company I keep. My family and friends are pivotal in my journey. I credit my father’s awesome taste in music, film, and art to be a huge inspiration to my influences, and my mother’s unwavering support in my dreams, before anyone believed in me. My sister has been my best friend growing up, was really good at getting her butt kicked at video games and to this day, still has the best anime recommendations. If I could write an article just about the people I love, I would but to keep it brief, everything I do and make is also dedicated to all my friends back home in Jersey and my direct crew and business partners here in LA. You all are the sole reason that I am the man I am today. Seriously, how blessed am I to have you all in my life?
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