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Meet The Asylum...

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In 2004 Mr. Zills opened Dungeon Studios and in 2010 renamed to Asylum Recording Studios, started his own music label and soon following his own digital distribution that have assisted in the careers of several notable artists from the Midwest. In 2013 Mr. Zills moved his label,  distribution and built a new facility for Asylum Recording Studios in Dubuque, Iowa; where he continues to assist other artists with their musical talents. In 2021 Asylum Recording Studios became the first approved SAG/AFTRA Audio House in Iowa. As of 2022, Asylum Recording Studios is the ONLY Black owned SAG approved Audio House in the state.

Growing up in a musically inclined family, Mr. Zills learned how to appreciate different sounds, while learning the intricate details of music creation through his family of aunts, uncles, which includes his gospel singing Grandmother, Gladys Beamon. He cultivated what he loved through the years.

Zills has a lot of accomplishments under his belt including music production, movie scoring, former Arts & Cultural Commissioner of Dubuque, Music director of a local arts organization, several music releases, underground club remixes, and edits being played globally.




Asylum Recording & Live Sound Services is a professional Live sound and Recording studio located in Dubuque, IA, featuring the best of both vintage analog and modern digital tools. Music is an art that should be carefully crafted by the artist with the support of a professional industry standard engineer. We offer a wide range of audio production services. 


We are flexible on our rates, especially for longer bookings. Our passion is to help local musicians make awesome sound recordings.

Asylum can also record live concerts and shows for artists, musicians, bands and more. Ask us how


We take great pride in our work and our day to day functions would not and could not happen without an amazing team. Each day we are looking to expand to provide the best sound service in our region as well as take our skills worldwide. We can not have any greater expectations if we didn't have a great team of high professional standards.



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ALANDA GREGORY - Tri-Phoenix Group, LLC

Business Concierge Service for Asylum

Alanda Gregory coins herself as an Authorpreneur. She has 25+ years in Administration and operations. Alanda keeps us moving along behind the scenes. Alanda Gregory Co-Founder of the Phoenix Group/Tri-Phoenix Media, the Operations and Media Management Partner of Asylum Recording Studios

Through Tri-Phoenix Media, our artists have access to artist development, media, promotional and marketing management. Our media partner can set up artists with Electronic press kits, band pages, Create biographies and have blog write ups. Check out their services here: Tri-Phoenix Media

OUR STAFF ~ (L TO R) DIMITRI J Studio Manager, KALIB W Live Sound Engineer, JAMES R Studio Engineer, CHRISTIAN T Live Sound & Studio Intern Engineer

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