Arnie: Greetings, I'm Arnie Roth, producer and conductor of Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy and most recently, A New World: Intimate Music From Final Fantasy.
Eric: I'm Eric Roth, I also individually conduct, A New World: Final Fantasy and Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy.
As fans of Final Fantasy music, we already know this is a tough question. However we just have to ask! What is your absolute favorite piece of music and why?
Arnie: The Music of the Final Fantasy franchise is infinite, there are so many hours of music within each game, it's so difficult to whittle it down to once choice.
Eric: One particular piece that means a lot to us is Fight with Seymour. That one is emblematic of the whole concept and the collaboration with Nobou Uematsu. It can really be its own thing.
Arnie: Fight with Seymour was one of the first orchestrated Final Fantasy arrangements, so it means a whole lot to us in terms of how things look for A New World: Final Fantasy.
Arnie: Loads of Nintendo titles and other Square-Enix games would translate well in an orchestrated format. I guess the most logical choice would be Kingdom Hearts since the games already contain characters from the Final Fantasy franchise.
As for a dream concert, I'd like to see Chrono Cross or Chrono Trigger, but that's a real tough one to conceive.
Eric: Good candidates. My dream scenario would feature the music of Star Wars, all brought together in one giant event.
Arnie: Star Wars: Episode VII has already been orchestrated due to new movie, along with the orchestrated music of the legendary John Williams.
Arnie and Eric : We Met Nobou Uematsu while Eric was programming concerts for his company in Chicago. We summed up our thoughts together and just took a chance on it. The very first Final Fantasy concert we worked on debuted on February 1st, 2005, which sold out surprisingly quick. This gave us the chance to work with Square-Enix independently to create Distant Worlds.
The goal of Distant Worlds is to bring the orchestra format all over the globe. We have been many places and still we long for a chance to visit everywhere possible!
Due to its smaller size, A New World can travel to an expanded amount of places. We hope to bring A New World: Intimate Music of Final Fantasy to Texas, Australia, anime conventions, comic conventions, and more! Their really is no stopping the flexibility factor of A New World.
Arnie: We have five more tracks currently in development to orchestrate and arrange, new games for the franchise are still being released. As long as there are passionate fans there is no reason any ending should be in sight.
It also should be mentioned that not only is the next year the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, but it is also the 10th anniversary of Distant Worlds. These facts alone mean a magnitude in terms of the life of the concert series.
Eric: These concerts offer something very special. Not only do you have a multi-generational audience, but new players are welcomed into the experience just as easily. It's simply a great communicable live music experience that you can't find anywhere else.
Arnie: These concerts are really different from any other concert. Everyone is there for the community, from Final Fantasy I through XV, it's like one big, fantastic family.
That seems to be all the time we have today, thank you for this great opportunity!
Eric and Arnie: Thank you! We always enjoy talking about Distant Worlds and A New World: Initiate Music from Final Fantasy.
With the two big anniversaries coming up, I'm sure we can collaborate for future events!