We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Arasi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
As you grow, the idea is to try as many new things as you can in order to learn what you do and don’t like. I’d been singing since I could talk, but when I was 13, I began playing guitar. I knew pretty quickly after picking it up that this would be my future. As I got older and watched people around me get normal jobs, I was revulsed at the idea of sitting in a room for most of my day doing something I wasn’t interested in. It always looked like indentured servitude, and I knew fairly early on that this wasn’t for me. I figured that if I could find a way to make a living in music, I’d be free from this fate. Little did I know that my path would take me to the studio, which is an awful lot like sitting in a room all day. The difference, however, is that I LOVE what I get to do in that room. It’s so much fun getting to help people create their art, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I went graduated from Full Sail in 2005, started my career later that year, and haven’t looked back!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Right after graduating school, I started interning at a place called Major League studios. They had just started up and were actively building personnel and clients. I was always a rock and metal guy, but this was mostly a hip-hop and pop studio, genres with which I wasn’t as familiar. Little did I know that this would comprise the majority of the music I would work on in my career!
I only spent a few weeks interning, as they realized that I could run sessions well in Pro Tools (industry standard audio production software). From there I built up my clients through word of mouth and solid work. Eventually, I was brought into the world of cheer and dance music production. There was this whole niche market of people and organizations starving for content, but without a lot of people skilled enough to produce it. So I teamed up with the biggest company in the world from that sector, and we continue to grow and expand our reach across the world in that market. Now, we are a full-fledged production company that creates music for licensing to anyone and everyone who needs it for their content. I’m very proud of my team and the work we’ve been able to accomplish over the last decade.
I think what separates me from a lot of my peers is my ability to communicate with artists and learn their language. I have a natural curiosity about creative people, which always leads me to ask a bunch of questions about them and why they do what they do. It’s almost like an interview, so I can really get into someone’s headspace. Once I know more about that, it lets me know what I need to do to get them to deliver a performance that they can be proud of, and that I can make into something special. That process of contributing to someone else’ art is among the most gratifying of the many experiences that I get to enjoy in this industry.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta is such a fun city and there are so many amazing things to do and see. I love the food culture here, as well as the awesome climate and natural beauty, so most of my entertaining comes down to eating, drinking, and wandering around outside!
Ponce City Market is always a good place to start. There are so many restaurants and stores to see, as well as the Beltline trail, which lets you access a lot of the city by foot. Places like Hopp’s, Miso Ko, and Jia are always worth the trip. Krog Street keeps the party going with Gu’s Dumplings (my personal favorite), Recess, and Fred’s Meat & Bread.
If they’re outdoors people, we’re definitely hiking Stone Mountain and walking around the Beltline for a bit, especially if the weather’s nice. Piedmont Park and downtown Decatur are also two favorites, with plenty of great people watching. The botanical garden is always something to behold, particularly during Christmas.
Of course, no trip to Atlanta with your creative friend is complete without a trip to Little 5 Points, the nexus of Atlanta weirdness and eclecticism! Pre-covid I would go to a few venues like the Masquerade, Tabernacle, Smith’s Olde Bar, etc., but that will have to wait a bit.
Even just writing this all out reminds me of how much I love my city and how proud I am to be a part of it. Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
I had a band instructor in high-school named Charles Brodie. I was a terrible student, and that frustrated him at times. But that man taught me to look at music in an entirely different way. Before meeting him, my appreciation for music was very rudimentary and superficial. I like the lyrics to this song, the hook of that song, etc. But watching him conduct class awakened me to a whole new understanding of how a piece of music works, how it’s constructed, how it’s supposed to feel, and what it’s supposed to make you feel. He took music so seriously, and was so passionate about getting it right (as right as a high-school band can get it). I had never seen someone approach music in this way, and it imprinted on me forever. It took years after graduating before I really traced back the causal path that led me to where I am, and doing so made me realize that Mr. Brodie was an instrumental part in getting me on the track I’m on today.