Ready for another inspiring young go-getter from the 64 Audio lab? Alex Belonozhko is another 19 year-old who has shown us his proclivity for fast learning. He has played a vital role at 64 Audio, often leading the way in the lab at the introduction of new products.
Alex was just 16 years old when he was introduced to 64 Audio, (then 1964 Ears). He first heard about the company from his family, which is no surprise, seeing as Vitaly Belonozhko (64 Audio’s founder) is his older brother. When he visited the lab one Saturday, it definitely caught his attention.
“I saw what Vitaly was doing, which was assembly… and I pretty much told him that I wanted to do that job…He had so much attention to detail…I want[ed] to be the next person that does that job.”
When Alex told his brother that he wanted to take over that position, Alex says, “he gave me a smile and said “Keep dreaming.” And I did.”
“I didn’t really realize I was working there until [Vitaly] handed me…training pay…I was just there for fun, to be honest…I was learning really quick and catching on. He saw potential in me.”
Alex was still in high school at the time but soon transferred to online school, which allowed him to work at 1964 Ears full time.
“I was just about the last person that was hired from the family before we started reaching out to other people…We just didn’t have enough family members to keep up. It was really cool. It went from a mom and pop shop type set up to a more industrialized professional set up.”
Alex has exercised the potential that Vitaly saw in him and has been an integral part of many stages of 64 Audio’s development and expansion.
It was Alex who made the first pair of ADEL demo IEMs, and for a time, he held the title “ADEL Alex” in the lab. Then, once again, Alex was on the frontier of the Universal lab. He was one of only two technicians who created 64 Audio’s U-series IEMs in the first week of production. When we asked what it was like to watch so much expansion and growth firsthand, he told us:
“It’s interesting to watch…at the conception of the U-series, we had nothing…So going from absolutely nothing to a whole laboratory producing universal earphones is kinda amazing to watch…The technology of the balanced armature drivers – watching that come together with ADEL for an amazing sounding earphone was amazing…”
64 Audio has benefited greatly from Alex’s adaptability and ability to learn quickly. Those qualities are things that he applies to many different parts of his life.
“I try to [pick things up fast]…I know that if something is possible, might as well get it done and not psyche yourself out. Half of the learning curve has to do with you. You don’t wanna limit yourself…Over time, if you do something enough, you’ll start to refine it. Even if you’re not thinking about it, you will refine it.”
A couple of years ago, Alex assembled two skateboards as a project – he had never skated before, and for a while, the boards just hung on his bedroom wall as decorations. When a friend took him to the Burnside Skate Park, his relationship with skating changed dramatically.
“I didn’t really know much…I think I started just trying to pop an Ollie…and I finally got it down…I thought it was really cool that you could just roll around and then jump up on something and carry your board with you.”
Now, he says, “I love skateboarding. I skateboard every day…I skate everywhere.”
Alex has also recently began studying computer programming. He has always had an interest in computers but only recently took the plunge to start officially educating himself.
“I’m developing a game right now. It’s almost like chess, but instead of squares you have a bunch of hexagons…You have these things called pix instead of having pieces in chess.”
Alex’s career aspirations are to leave 64 Audio to create his own firm. He hopes to follow his passion for computers and create a software / game development company that generates apps by commission.
For now, Alex Belonozhko will remain at 64 Audio, where he dons his vintage V6-S’s (which he is keeping because “they’re nostalgic”) and goes to work creating high-quality in-ear monitors, about which he shared:
“They are some great assets or tools for musicians and for people that love to listen to music. The sound is amazing; the isolation is amazing. If you do anything with music, you have to get a pair, and if you don’t, you are missing out on a lot.”
And while he may have settled down in the Universal lab he says, “I still do good work here. I’m still excited to come in here every day and get my work done…I love the community. The other people are just so generous and so just full of thought. That’s kind of what pushed me to be more considerate.”
64 Audio is pleased to hear another word of praise about the community that exists behind the lab’s doors. We are glad to have Alex Belonozhko as part of that community, living up to the potential that his brother saw in him three years ago.
And when the time comes, we are sure that Alex will do well in whatever new career he takes up in the future.