Brave Sound Productions is a full-service video and audio production house for wonderful NYC musicians and music organizations

Who is Brave Sound?



Austin started out as a jazz head, listening to Dexter Gordon while mowing lawns and playing sax at Deep Ellum bars by night. He later left his Texas hometown to study jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. During this time, his love for recorded music blossomed into a talent for recording as Austin started taking on freelance engineering gigs when out of class, learning his craft alongside engineers at his college and in NYC.


In 2019, Zhang co-founded Brave Sound Productions with his friend, Michael Shapira. Together they live-streamed at least one concert a week for nearly two years and gave NYC musicians a platform to perform on during the COVID-19 pandemic. Austin has now recorded the music of thousands of independent musicians and engineered for major NYC music organizations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Manhattan School of Music, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, as well as non-music organizations such as Equal Justice USA.


Videography Head

Julian Archer is a cinematographer from Denver, Colorado, currently based in New York City.

Julian started making films in order to document the world around him, and find beauty in banal places. After purchasing an inexpensive camera, he was overtaken by the feeling of being able to put together a story through visuals and sound. He has now traveled around the world with his camera, working with artists such as Kassa Overall, Butcher Brown, Christian McGhee, and Chad Lefkowitz-Brown.

Julian specializes in filming documentaries, studio sessions, live concerts, and music videos.


Head Audio Engineer

Dor Chaviv is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, New York City.

Growing up in a sephardic jewish family, music has always been a part of his life. He started playing saxophone at the age of 12, and art has cast its spell on him ever since. When Dor turned 20, he discovered his passion for purifying human emotion into the medium of songs and sonic experience.

With finishing touches from producer/mix engineer Gal Oved and producer Matan Egozi, his debut E.P, ferro i, was concluded. It was released in January of 2022 on the Sessionheads United record label. The E.P received high praise, both from listeners and critics.

To inquire about recording in our studio, please see our Services page.