We had the good fortune of connecting with Geovanni Vidal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Geovanni, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was breaking the norm that I saw from people around me, working jobs that they had no passion or love for. It seemed as they were doing jobs for experience or income. I didn’t want to work for anyone else and waste time meddling in a field I had no interest in. There’s a learning curve for every skill, and I knew if I wanted to pursue what I truly loved, it would take time. I managed to get the basics down enough to start understanding more intermediate concepts within my field that eventually led to developing that skill further. There was a risk factor of maybe it not working out to how I was envisioning my goals. That’s what can propel you or set you back, that uncertainty of the future. I realized my love for what I wanted to do was stronger than anything else and I went ahead and stuck to my gut and got into the mentality of being my own boss and making this work regardless of any outcome.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is a recording studio. Music has been in my life since a very young age, my dad would play Mana cassettes in our car around when I was five and it was my introduction to becoming fully aware of what songs are. When I was in 3rd grade, my dad had a coworker who was also a DJ and was selling my dad his laptop as he was getting a new one. My dad bought it and let me use it for most of the time and coming from a DJ, the music ranged from ABBA to ZZ Top and everything in between. One band in particular that caught my attention were The Beatles. I was gifted a small mp3 player for my birthday that same year and my love for music officially started to unfold. The Beatles fully captivated my ears and mind. I gravitated towards them the most out of the plethora of artists and bands. I was the only 3rd grader listening to The Beatles while most started to get into Drake, Lil Wayne, and more pop/hip-hop artists. Going into middle school, I joined the school band and did all three years. At the same time my music taste had expanded into a variety of rock and roll music, both modern and old. Entering high school, I couldn’t join the band due to other academic credits, but my music taste expanded once again, this time into the hip-hop area. Around this time period, we had upgraded our laptop and I had installed a music making program but had given it up within a month of starting. My brother had gotten into writing rap lyrics, and it was one of the reasons that I got back into making music. I gave the program another try and dedicated time to learning it during summer of 2016. I started by producing instrumentals for my brother and eventually it led me to wanting to get on the microphone as well. This is when the idea of opening as a recording studio started to brew. I only had a laptop and a budget USB microphone to get my brother’s demos going. It was during this process that I fell in love with the audio engineering side of music. The idea of making a totally new song from scratch and everything that went behind making music caught my attention. I wanted more money to be able to buy equipment on my own and my option was working at a pizza shop. I had gone from recording my brother to recording other few friends who also had an interest in making music. Word of mouth started to spread through school, and this was when my mom saw the opportunity for me to start charging. I had the application for the pizza shop in my hand and that same day decided that I didn’t want to do pizza. It was a major risk as it could have not worked out. but I believe that’s how most revolutionary creations come to be. My dad helped with buying some acoustic treatment for my room and within a week of making the decision, I had my first recording artist.
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?
One of my favorite places to go is Buffalo Bayou Park, it incorporates a walking trail with nature and a nice view of the city skyline. There’s a big open flat land where people play games, meditate, read books and have dates. A good pace to eat would be Eat Main Bird, chicken sandwiches and tenders with delicious sauces. They have three locations and always are full or almost full, rightfully so. Another location I enjoy going to is Discovery Green, another park but located in downtown. There are always events going on like acts performing and there are activities to do like electric scooter riding and an big flat land to play and run around. Vinal Edge is a cool local vinyl record shop and I always find amazing records, either for my collection or to sample. there is always a variety of records spanning different genres even some more not well known subgenres. Tout Suite is a lovely café with a big space inside to eat the delicious pastry and snacks they offer. Its a hot spot for people to go read or study or catch up with a friend. The atmosphere is always relaxing and peaceful. Flamingo Chill is a nice outdoor dine in spot for fruit drinks and ice cones. There is karaoke for anyone to sing their heart out. The space isn’t super spacious but enough to not be cramped up. One of the best ice cone spots in my opinion, always a good time and refreshing. Fat Cat Creamery is my favorite spot to get ice cream. My personal favorite flavor is milk chocolate stout. The flavors are different than other places, it has more of a natural ice cream kind of flavor. Their Garden Oaks location offers a sweet open land area behind the store where acts perform and offers sitting locations to enjoy the lovely food.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad has been the crucial backbone to my musical endeavor. From sharing his music with me from such an early age to buying me the laptop that got me hooked on music. He bought me my first microphone to work with and I can’t thank and appreciate him enough for his contribution to my music path. My girlfriend has also helped with support and being in the finance path, she’s contributed with tips on how to manage the income. She has been with me since the beginning of getting into opening the studio and is also a major music lover. I have much love for her and I admire her for being a part of not only my journey but my life as well. Last but not least, my brother was the last push that I needed to continue music. He gave me the determination and seeing him write was the fuel I needed to get into producing and we made one another stronger. His friends and mine ended up doing a collective shortly after opening the studio and it led me to forming my own record label. He is still writing lyrics and we have only gotten better and better together in terms of skills and equipment.