We had the good fortune of connecting with Brad Labio and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brad, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It was a difficult decision to make. I was fresh out of college with a degree in music and I still hadn’t found a relative job in my field so I was working as a bartender. No one else in my family did anything in music or even media and there was a lot of family pressure into pursuing a career in engineering, law, or even the medical field. That being said, I eventually made the decision to pursue the medical field and I was in college again studying radiology. I did that for two years but it never felt right. There was no real passion behind the work nor was it fulfilling to me. During this time, I was still working as a bartender and I met someone at the bar I worked at that was interested in investing into me as an audio producer. This is what started it all. Under this investor, I was able to formulate the whole business plan that we still operate under to this day. Unfortunately, this investor turned out to be a very clever scam artist and this ultimately lead to the downfall of my first business. Luckily, I owned all the equipment that we were using and I was able to pick up the pieces and through a series of unfortunate and fortunate events, RZO Sound was born.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We’ve always taken pride in our quality of work. Audio engineering is an art on its own. We do a lot of things different from other recording studios. We are a collective of individuals and we are willing to help coach or give input on how artists can improve or how they themselves can stand out from everybody else. This hands on and personal approach is what sets us apart. We base our mixing techniques off the classic sound of the 1970s analog sound and equipment but adapt it to better fit the modern audience. For the most part, our studio is a digital studio with few pieces of analog gear. As the industry adapts, we adapt and I believe that is what has proven the best way for us to stay on the frontlines of revolutionizing the music industry. The biggest challenge was creating these processes as all of what we do is developed in house. This means we do not rely on YouTube tutorials or downloading presets or templates online and instead, build a sound based on whatever our clients needs are.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve always been a fan of jazz so the Sandaga 813 and Scat Jazz Lounge are some of my favorite places to visit. I would also recommend the Chill Bar if you’re looking for a cool place to hang out and have some drinks while listening to live music.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to recognize everybody who was involved in the formation of RZO Sound. First goes to my primary business partner, HonestE. We were in it together from the very beginning. We had no plans whatsoever to start a business. All we wanted to do was make an album together but we quickly realized that we both had a natural talent in helping each other create music. If we could help each other, then why couldn’t we help others in achieving their dreams in becoming an artist or musician? Next, I would like to recognize producer’s CMOSAYS and Prof. CMOSAYS is a close friend of mine that partnered with me the first time I attempted to start a studio which ultimately failed due to being scammed by our first investor. He is a genius when it comes to music and music theory and those skills translating very well in the audio production world. Prof joined the team after the formation of RZO Sound and he is another one of my close friends that is now a successful producer as well as a professional multi-instrumentalist. The last two individuals I would like to recognize are Gabriel Blackmon and Miles Belvin. They are the newest members to our team and are two of the best audio engineers I have ever met. Both are professionally trained in audio engineering and have taught me many things. Gabriel is a very talented singer and audio engineer and Miles is our expert in band and ensemble recording as well as a very talented multi-instrumentalist. I would also like to give a special shoutout to Vince Lujan of The Vince Lujan Project. I’ve known Vince for several years now and he owns his own band that Miles and I both perform in. We’ve done shows all over the DFW area and even around the country. Vince has been a very good mentor to me as well as good friend when it comes to this industry and he deserves a spot on this list. These are the people that make what we do possible and I could not have asked for a better team.

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