Color Theory : An Interview

Brian Hazard is a talented musician who's been making cool beats and singing culturific songs since Napster was just in it's infancy. You've probably have heard his music and never even knew it. 

For all the Color Theory fans out there this interview is for you. 

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am Brian Hazard, singer slash songwriter slash pianist slash synthesist slash producer slash slash etc slash. I make records.

2. What was the journey like in making your latest album Adjustments?

It was a six-year endeavor, starting with three EPs. Each EP featured five original tracks and five remixes of those original tracks. After all was said and done, my fans helped me pick the best 11 tracks, and I fine-tuned and remastered them for the CD release.

3. Where do you find inspiration to make music?

Anywhere and everywhere. Dreams, life, books, movies. When something pops into my head, I write it down in my ideas file, which mostly consists of titles. With a good title, you’re halfway there.

4. How long have you been making music?

I’ve been producing Color Theory albums for 23 years. If you want to go way back to my 4-track cassette days, I guess more like 28.

5. Are there any songs in particular that have a special meaning on the Adjustments album?

I don’t know where to start! With a dodge, usually. I avoid explaining my lyrics, because I don’t want to be limited to writing about things I can explain. My policy is to write whatever works best for the song, whether it’s a “true story” or not. 

As I scan over the song titles, I notice that every one of them is real to me in some way, but none are strictly autobiographical.

One is biographical though! “Drive You Home” details the courtship of a friend’s now-wife via a haphazard carpooling arrangement. I’m not making it sound very romantic, am I?

Bottom line, I don’t want to be held accountable for my lyrics. You are welcome to read into them whatever you choose

6. How would you classify your genre of music?

While I’m tempted to shift things around to more closely align with the fashion du jour, it tends to come back to synthpop. Adjustments has hints of EDM, and there are always heaping tablespoons of piano, as I’m first and foremost a pianist.

7. What do you like about remixing songs?

That I don’t have to do it! I’ve remixed a grand total of three songs for other artists over the course of my career. I’m sure my fans would agree that my limited time is better spent on originals or covers at worst.

8. What was it like getting all the social media attention this year?

It’s always nice when someone pays attention to what you’re doing. That said, it tends to be a very superficial sort of attention. Twitter has its uses, but I get much more thoughtful responses when I send out email updates to fans. And of course social media can be a total time sink. I try to stay away as much as possible, and catch up on weekends when I wasn’t going to get anything of substance done anyway.

9. What's next for you?

I’m planning on launching a Patreon, and I’ve got a whole bunch of new material ready to unleash upon the world! I couldn’t be more excited about it, but first I’ve got to get my promotional house in order. New bio, photos, website - the works!

Fun Questions

If you were stranded on an island what 5 things would you take with you?

Since this is under the heading of “fun questions,” I’m going to assume that my survival needs are met and I’ve got electricity and internet and sunblock. If not, you’re seriously bringing me down here. I would need my Garmin running watch, my phone, my iPad, a laptop and a controller. Now I don’t need to change my routine!

If you could be in any anime which would you be in? Or if you don't want to be in one what's your favorite anime?

My current favorite is Sound! Euphonium. And if I were in it, great! I’d be practicing for concert band with a group of dedicated high school kids. And speaking Japanese! I’m all for it.

Where would you travel to if you could go to space?

The edge of the universe, because I could see what happens when one travels faster than the speed of light.

If you could have a super power what would it be?