On September 11, 2016, Shawn Fendt, founder and Chief Executive Officer, got together with a friend to do a 2-hour mix of underground beats. The name or concept of OakTownSoul had not yet been thought of. At the time, it was just about sharing music that inspired us and then making music from that inspiration. That year, 14 mixes, 54 beats and 7 projects for a total of 68+ were released.