Music Biz President James Donio and Board Director Dilyn Radakovitz of Dimple Records released the following statement regarding the tragic death of Zia Records’ Brian Faber:
Music Biz is shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Brian Faber, a pillar of the independent music retail community. During his 13 years as Vice President and General Manager of Zia Record Exchange, Brian was instrumental in growing the company to nine locations in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He did this by listening to his customers, both in person and on social media, and working tirelessly to give them exactly what they wanted, whether it be music, movies, books, or other media. He was also a fierce proponent of his Arizona community, ensuring that Zia gave back to local charities, and providing local bands with a chance to find a following in his stores. Our deepest condolences go out to those whose lives he touched…his family, his friends and his dearest colleagues in the Department of Record Stores (DORS) coalition.
Music Biz Board Director Dilyn Radakovitz of Dimple Records in Sacramento, California was one of those DORS colleagues had this to say, “Brian was one of the nicest people you could ever know. He always had time for you, and he always showed interest in others making you feel like you were the important one. Brian was driven and motivated to grow and improve as a person. He was someone you cherish as a friend. His absence will be noticed and felt from all those who knew him. He will always be remembered as one of the truly Good Guys.”
Dilyn added that a quote Brian shared at the time of the passing of Hoodlums owner Steve Wiley in 2014 seems especially appropriate as we mourn Brian himself at this tragic time, “His passing will serve as a stark reminder of why we need to make time for each other, and that sharing moments with people you love or admire, or that make you laugh or make you swoon, all matter.