I’m Arjun Ram Srivatsa. I am an artist, musician, poet, animator, creative director, video director, video editor, motion designer, graphic designer, sound designer, podcaster, journalist, art critic, fiction essayist, trend forecaster, birdwatcher, socialist, and friend living in Manhattan. 

I hold a masters degree from Columbia Univeristy’s Graduate School of Journalism. I was most recently the Director of Programming and Development for Pitchfork. From 2020 to 2021 I hosted Diversity Hire, a podcast about being “POC” in media.

You can find more examples of my work on Instagram.

Arjun Ram Srivatsa

Lifers Groove x Maxwell Melvins’s "Drapetomania," Music Video

Freer Records (fka Die Jim Crow) is a music label and platform for prison-impacted musicians. For over a decade, Freer has released music by currently and formerly incarcerated artists, upholding their humanity and spreading a message of resiliance.

Lifers Groove is a supergroup of the label’s artists, including Maxwell Melvins (33 years served) and Simply Naiomi (37 years served), For their first single, Drapetomania, I directed, edited, and animated a music video to tell a story about how the carceral state targets African Americans at a disproportinal rate. I used various story telling techniques, including news clippings, researched statistics, and archival footage from the Library of Congress.

Freer Records c. 2023
Creative Director
Executive Director:
Fury Young
Deputy Director:
BL Shirelle