Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Beza.
Hi Brandon, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve been a music lover since before I can even remember. When I was 4 years old, my mother told me she could always tell when I woke up in the morning because she would hear the small turntable come on in my room. No lights, pitch dark, just me and my little 45s spinning away. As time went on, the passion did not go away. It only got stronger. As a kid, I associated music with just about everything I experienced and never forgot how it made me feel. Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Motown, and many more were all a huge part of my early childhood, and I ate it all up.
Then one day, when I was 11, my dad got a job and told us we were moving to Central Mo. It was a huge pay raise, and it was time to move out of the projects and into the suburbs. Suddenly I was in a new environment and with new friends who didn’t look like me but were amazing. On the 2nd or 3rd day I was hanging out with them, my friend Matt asked, “Do you like music?” I began to tell him how much I loved music. He asked what artist you liked, and I began to mention some of the R&B artists I grew up with. He replied, “Have you ever heard of Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Twisted Sister?” I was like, “A led who a twisted what??” lol. He told me he would make a mix tape for me and share some of these bands. Two days later, I have the tape in hand, and my mind has been totally and completely blown. For weeks, I was exposed to new waves, southern rock, hard rock, heavy metal, and much more. I truly got put into a completely new world of music and just absorbed all this amazing stuff by so many artists.
Almost 40 years later, I still find myself just as moved by music and discovering new bands as I ever did. Over the past 20+ years, I can’t even think about traveling to a new city without looking up the local record stores and digging through the world of history and emotions they have just sitting inside.
Since my home is a shrine to all things music, it is no secret to my friends that I am the “Vinyl Guy’ and the go-to for musical matters. It just so happens that I get introduced to someone in the friend group who owns a company called Foxtail Books. In her business, she put together personal libraries for people in their homes. She is a wonder about books and has such vast knowledge. One day she had a client looking to not only do books but also wanted a customized vinyl collection. There was no question about who to reach out too, lol. I put together a collection personalized to their favorite artists and albums, and it was such a fantastic experience. Then we did it again for a client in New York and again for a client in Denver, and it was just amazing not only the number of joy people got out of the collections but the amount of joy I got putting them together.
In light of this, I felt it was time to officially start my own business, building a vinyl record collection, big or small, for people to enjoy anywhere in the country. In late October of this year, I will officially have Sounds Of You open to curate a client vinyl collection. My goal is to connect people back to their life stories and memories through music by customizing the perfect collection for them on vinyl. The way music was meant to be heard.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s been a fairly smooth road. After having such a passion for the hobby over the past 20 years, it was a fairly smooth transition to customizing for others.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Sounds Of You?
What I do is curate vinyl record collections for clients. This could be a collection of 100 or 1000+ records; it Truly depends on your space capacity, budget, etc.; I specialize in sourcing records. The vinyl record market used/original albums as a significant part of the hobby. I specialize in finding the artists/albums clients want in great playable condition. I know my way around record shows and used record stores across the country. Building great relationships with these stores’ owners is another huge bonus. My knowledge base is one of the main things that set me apart from others. Knowing where to look, the values of used items, what has or has not been pressed on vinyl, which pressing sounds better than others, and so many other factors can only be learned by being in the vinyl world for an extended period. I feel the great thing about this service is that it does not end when I have completed the collection for you. People can add to these collections for years and years afterward.
How do you define success?
Success is defined by the client truly enjoying the completed collection. I love hearing people say, “Oh my gosh, I used to listen to this back in high school all the time,” or “This was the album my friends and I played over and over when we took that road trip.” When clients are happy with the final product, you hear them taking that joyful walk down memory lane to music and records that have marked so many moments in their life; that is why I call my company Sounds Of You!
- Totally dependent on collection size. Depending on size and desired areas of music the price is based off of the total records and estimated time to curate the collection.
- Website: Coming In Oct 2022
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