David Pizzini is the Founder & Owner of Pizzini Music Productions, providing sound equipment and sound engineering for live events. His main focus is freelance sound engineering for small to medium venues. He is also the House Sound Engineer for Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar in BrickTown Oklahoma City. David currently resides in Yukon, Oklahoma, and provides services statewide.
How did you get started?
I started as a drummer with a rock and roll garage band. We literally didn’t play many shows other than my garage, however the bass player (Danny Smith) and another drummer (Mitch Stanfill) would go on to be members of Toby Keith’s original band, Easy Money. I have very little formal training.
Did you always want a career in the music industry?
Music is my passion. I always knew music would play a big part in my life.
What is your role in the music industry?
I have recorded, promoted and booked artists on a local level. I also spent some time installing commercial sound and video systems. I am currently the House Sound Engineer for Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar in Bricktown. I am also a freelance sound engineer when time allows.
Most Recent Successes / Placements / Accomplishments / Projects? Career highlight?
I recently had the honor of coproducing a music video with a movie producer I have admired for years. Her name is Angela Shelton and she has been and is always involved in so many projects, it’s hard to keep up. A big highlight for me was running sound for Cody Jinks. He was a regionally known artist at the time and now has set the standard on reaching a national audience through great music, hard work and dedication. I would say every artist I have met has enriched my life.
What is your favorite Oklahoma music venue, music store, or recording studio?
Networking and connecting with others who share your dream or vision is a vital aspect to the music industry. Can you share which Oklahoma organizations (if any) have contributed to your success and are there Oklahoma organization you would recommend other connect with? To help further their craft or promotion?
I personally haven’t worked with very many official organizations. I would recommend any new artist research and utilize any resources available. The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is a good place to start. The informal network of artists, venue managers and industry professionals has been a key to my success. The way that social media and streaming has changed the music industry, I believe the artists that learn those systems will have the most success.
How can we follow you?
Artists that perform at Toby’s Keith’s I Love This Bar Bricktown or anytime I find a local artist performing I post on my Facebook page.
Advice for someone interested in working in the music industry
As with any career, set goals, find mentors that have succeeded and start working toward those goals.
What are some of the benefits of having a music career in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma has such a large example of success stories. There is a lot of knowledge to draw from and a lot of places to start a career in Oklahoma.
Favorite quote (if applicable)
And if at first you don’t succeed…
Then dust yourself off any try again, try again
From the song “Try Again” by Aaliyah
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