Brian Hazard of Color Theory has been an extremely active member of the ReverbNation community for years. Though he started using ReverbNation mainly because of the FanReach email product, Hazard has taken advantage of many of the tools and opportunities the site offers. A few of these opportunities, such as the Windows Sponsored Songs and Playlist7 campaigns, were so successful for Hazard that he was invited as a special guest on behalf of Windows to the Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference in Miami last year. We recently got the chance to catch up with Brian and wanted to share our conversation.
ReverbNation: How long have you been making music? How did you get into it?
Brian Hazard: I told my parents I wanted to learn the piano in 7th grade. My best friend played and I thought it was cool. So I had a bit of a late start, but I took lessons, played in my high school drumline, and messed around with a Korg M1 synth and a cassette 4-track. I didn’t get too serious until college, where I essentially trained to be a concert pianist, though I never had any desire to be one. I graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s in Music and started writing songs for the first Color Theory album.
RN: What is your definition of success in music? Have you ever reached that point where you were like, “I have to do so much business this year, or I’m out?”
BH: I define success as the gradual achievement of any worthy goal. By that yardstick, I’m already there, and so are a lot of my musician friends. My specific goal right now is to grow my mailing list. I have no desire to be rich or famous, or to “get signed.” In fact, I’m happy where I am right now. My music is better than it’s ever been and my audience continues to grow. I feel like I’ve got the best fans in the world, and their feedback and support keeps me motivated and pushes me to new heights. I’ve got quality equipment and I’ve developed my technical skills to to the point where I can do everything myself, except the graphic design. No complaints.