But if there were doubts about the health of the indie spirit in Chapel Hill, Rhodes and his "Rock Mafia" prove them wrong.
Rhodes, who graduated from Virginia Tech with a mathematics degree, moved to Chapel Hill only two years ago. It didn't take long for Rhodes to get bored with his day job as a Web designer and decide to start putting out records.
"I just had the idea to start off small and learn," he said.
Starting off small for Rhodes meant releasing seven-inch singles by local bands like Sorry About Dresden and Three Stigmata.
He even moved in with two of Sorry About Dresden's members.
"It's cool, but they practice there and it's kind of loud," he said. "It makes it hard to do stuff when you have a drum kit outside your room."
Things got off to a rocky start when Rhodes, who originally called his label Tri-Tone Records, got word that that name was already taken.
"We got a letter from a lawyer at Tri-Tone Records," he said. "I brainstormed for a long time with what I wanted to name it. I wanted to pick something I thought no one in the world would have."
Since picking up the name Moment Before Impact, the label has released material from area bands the White Octave, V. Sirin, Fin Fang Foom and Strunken White.