Thom Hazaert

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Thom Hazaert interviews Zakk Wylde on the Red Carpet of the REVOLVER/GUITAR WORLD Roast of Dee Snider, 1/24/2013.

Thom Hazaert (often stylized as Thöm Hazaërt) is an American journalist, Radio Personality, Artist Manager, Producer and label executive. He was co-founder and President of Corporate Punishment Records and currently runs THC : MUSIC, a management firm and Rock label distributed by Fontana Distribution.[1][2] Hazaert's work was also influential in the early advent of lifestyle street and viral marketing among Rock acts,[3] as an independent consultant for record labels including Flip Records, Interscope Records, Warner Bros. Records, Hollywood Records, Jive Records, and as co-founder of Total Assault Street Teams.[4][5]

Hazaert is the basis for the fictional character "Hazard", set to be played by Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 + 3D), in the currently-in-development television series Hell Hunters.[6][7]

Early career[edit]

Hazaert got his start as a journalist, writing for national and international Music publications including Metal Hammer, Circus Magazine, The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Maximum Ink, and more,[2][8] where he would befriend up and coming artists including Korn, Deftones, Papa Roach, Snot, and Incubus.[9] Shortly thereafter, Hazaert secured an internship at Immortal Records, and relocated to Los Angeles.

Marketing/A&R[edit]

In the late 1990s, Hazaert was tapped as an A&R Scout and Marketing Consultant for Michael Tedesco and Jeff Fenster at Jive Records,[9] and was instrumental in the discovery of artists including nonpoint, who he served as an early manager to, and Papa Roach, both of whom he attempted to sign to Jive.[10]

Prior to the 1997 release of Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, he was enlisted by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and Flip Records (and future Geffen) President Jordan Schur, to create the Flip Records Street Team, viral marketing initiatives claimed to be largely responsible for the grassroots success of not only Limp Bizkit, but the entire Flip roster, including Staind, Cold, and Dope.[4][11] Flip and Schur, using Hazaert's framework, are credited as being "among the first execs to use lifestyle marketing, street teams and the Internet to break acts such as Limp Bizkit and Staind." - Variety Magazine.[3]

Hazaert also makes guest appearances in early videos from both Limp Bizkit ("Counterfeit") and Staind ("Mudshovel"), as well as Sevendust's "Angel's Son".[12] The "Counterfeit" video also appears on Limp Bizkit's Greatest Videoz compilation, with Hazaert listed, alongside Sen Dog from Cypress Hill, as "cast" .

He was also involved in marketing on high-profile releases from Snot, Coal Chamber, Human Waste Project, Korn, Static-X, Filter, Linkin Park, Crazy Town, Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Bloodhound Gang, Chris Cornell, Tommy Lee, Zebrahead, Downset, and more.[2][9][13][14]

Management and Production[edit]

In the early 2000s, Hazaert shifted his attention, and went on to manage and develop major label artists, several of whom were from Cleveland, including Chimaira (Roadrunner Records), Erase The Grey (Universal Records), Switched (Immortal Records), and Depswa (Geffen Records), all of which landed major label record deals under Hazaert's direction, with Cleveland Scene referring to him as, "One of the most successful talent scouts working the Northeast Ohio region in recent years." [4][9]

Hazaert appears in an interview in the 2004 Chimaira long-form home video The Dehumanizing Process.

He was also involved early on with Orange County, CA based Metalcore act Bleed the Sky (Nuclear Blast Records), producing their self-titled EP, which was engineered and mixed by Switched vocalist Ben Schigel.

Additionally, he has listed Management credits in albums by Motörhead (Hammered) and Earth Crisis (Last of the Sane), as well as managing David Reilly of God Lives Underwater,[15] Adema, Allele, Videodrone, Primer 55 and more.[5][9][14]

In 2011, Hazaert co-produced the American Head Charge Interstice EP, the band's first material since 2005's The Feeding.[16]

In addition to several musical artists, Hazaert currently manages Grammy Winning Producer/Mixer Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn, Metallica), Canadian actor Bernard Robichaud, best known for his role as Cyrus on Trailer Park Boys, and Zero 1, fronted by actor/comedian Hal Sparks.[1][17] It was announced by Rolling Stone South Africa that Hazaert and Toby Wright would be travelling to South Africa in 2013 to record an album with up-and-coming South African Rock band Deity's Muse.[14]

Hazaert was also briefly involved professionally with Drake Bell, star of Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh, and the two reportedly remain close friends.[18][19][20]

In February 2013, Hazaert announced the forming of a new agency partnership with Convention booking agency Directimage PR to form the Tillery-Hazaert Collective, a management/booking agency specializing in convention and personal appearance management for celebrities from the World of Film, Music, and TV. With a roster of over 60 clients including Jon Polito (The Crow, The Big Lebowski, Gangster Squad), Verne Troyer (Austin Powers, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Zakk Wylde, William Forsythe (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects), Udo Kier, Edie McClurg (Natural Born Killers, Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Michael Marisi Ornstein (Sons of Anarchy) and more.[21][22][23]

Corporate Punishment[edit]

In 2004, with his former Total Assault colleague Eric Nielsen, Hazaert started Corporate Punishment Records, an independent Rock/Metal label distributed by The Navarre Corporation/Universal. CPR's roster included releases from many artists Hazaert had previously been aligned with including: Amity Lane featuring Kevin Palmer and Josh Moates of Trust Company, Allele featuring Cold guitarist Kelly Hayes, Ghost Machine featuring a pre-Five Finger Death Punch Ivan Moody, Switched, Rikets, N3V3R 3N0U6H, featuring Keith Barney and Trevor Friedrich of 18 Visions, Onesidezero, and more.

Corporate Punishment eventually left Navarre after it was absorbed by Koch/Eone, and briefly had a resurgence with a distribution deal with Trustkill Records, until closing its doors in 2010.[24]

Thom Hazaert Company[edit]

In 2011, Hazaert launched a new label THC : MUSIC, originally an anagram for Thom Hazaert Company. The label initially announced it would be distributed by Standby/Victory, but eventually came to be distributed by Rocket Science Ventures/Sony RED.[13] THC would release 2011-12 releases from Slaves on Dope, Attika 7, Oedipus, Dirge Within, Knockout Kid, Primer 55, and Black Light Burns, "the avant-garde alter ego of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland."[25][26][27]

Additionally in 2012, THC released the single "Sugars of Someday", which Hazaert also co-produced,[28] the first new music from American Head Charge since 2005's The Feeding. AHC has announced that they will additionally release an EP entitled Interstice through the label.[29]

In September 2012 it was announced that THC had signed a distribution deal with Ingrooves/Fontana/Universal, had changed its official name to THC : MUSIC (which was previously just a working abbreviation for Thom Hazaert Company) and was preparing upcoming releases from Oedipus, Knockout Kid, and American Head Charge.[1]

Radio[edit]

Also a noted Radio Personality, Hazaert has appeared as a special guest/co-host on several regional and national radio programs, including repeat appearances on WMMS (Cleveland), X-Treme Radio 92.3 (Cleveland - WXTM), and 94.7 The Razor (Green Bay - WZOR), where he would co-host the morning show for a time with Popular local DJ Cutter. The duo would go on to co-host the pop-culture Podcast Loudside Radio, and Hazaert currently serves as a correspondent to Cutter's nationally syndicated Envision Networks Metal show "Hangar 19".[30][31][32]

In January 2013, Hazaert co-hosted a special edition of Hangar 19, dedicated to, and featuring interviews recorded on the Red Carpet of the Revolver Magazine/Guitar World Rock N' Roll Roast of Twisted Sister's Dee Snider. The show featured Hazaert interviews with Zakk Wylde, Guns N' Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small, Lita Ford, Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate, Rusty Coones of Attika 7/Sons of Anarchy, comedian Craig Gass (Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show), and more.[33][34][35][36][37]

Hazaert's THC : MUSIC also had a full page ad in the Roast program, featuring a special dedication to Dee Snider.

In the early 2000s, he also served as an L.A. correspondent to Malcolm Dome's syndicated U.K. radio show.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hazaert has 2 daughters, Reilly and Jenna, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.[38] He was close friends with Snot vocalist Lynn Strait, and has Lynn, and his boxer Dobbs, tattooed prominently on his calf. Hazaert is also close friends with Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor, who publicly credits him for saving his life.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "THC : Music - Official Site". 
  2. ^ a b c Carlos Ramirez. "Five Underrated Metal/Hard Rock Bands by THC : MUSIC's Thom Hazaert". 
  3. ^ a b Phil Gallo. "http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117939686/". Variety. 
  4. ^ a b c Jason Bracelin. "Punishing Cleveland - Producer Thom Hazaert just keeps coming back for more.". Cleveland Scene. 
  5. ^ a b c "Thom Hazaert - LinkedIn". LinkedIn. 
  6. ^ "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Lawrence Donini, Creator and Producer of "Hell Hunters"". HorrorBug. 
  7. ^ "Bill Moseley and Michael Berryman to Star in New TV Series Pilot Hell Hunters". Dread Central. 
  8. ^ Thom Hazaert. "Motley Crue - The Saints of Los Angeles". Maxinun Ink. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Plugin Music - :Label Spotlight/Corporate Punishment Records". Plug In Music. 
  10. ^ "NONPOINT Drummer Forms Label Partnership With THC: MUSIC". Blabbermouth. 2011-10-29. 
  11. ^ "JORDAN SCHUR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERSCOPE RECORDS LAUNCHES SURETONE RECORDS". Universal Music. 
  12. ^ "Limp Bizkit - Guest appearances in Limp Bizkit videos". Citizendia. 
  13. ^ a b "Corporate Punishment founder steps out with new label THC : MUSIC". Rocket Science. 
  14. ^ a b c "Q&A:Deity's Muse". Rolling Stone. 
  15. ^ Keith. "David Reilly, Former God Lives Underwater Frontman, Dead at 34". Suicide Girls. 
  16. ^ "AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE To Release Free Digital EP". Blabbermouth. \. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  17. ^ "THC : Music - Official Facebook". 
  18. ^ "Thom Hazaert on Twitrland". Twitrland. 
  19. ^ "Drake Bell Official Twitter". 
  20. ^ "Drake Bell Official Twitter 2". 
  21. ^ "Tillery-Hazaert Collective". Facebook. 
  22. ^ "Tillery-Hazaert Collective Official Website". 
  23. ^ "Thom Hazaert". IMDB. 
  24. ^ "Corporate Punishment Records". Wikipedia. 
  25. ^ "WES BORLAND's BLACK LIGHT BURNS Signs With THC: MUSIC". Blabbernouth. 
  26. ^ "Primer 55 Sign With THC : Music, New Albums Planned". The PRP. 
  27. ^ "Dirge Within Working On New Album". Tunelab Music. 
  28. ^ "AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE To Release Free Digital EP". Blabbermouth. 
  29. ^ "American Head Charge Return With 'Sugars of Someday' (SONG PREMIERE)". Noisecreep/AOL. 
  30. ^ "Envision Radio Networks - Hangar 19". Envision Radio Networks. 
  31. ^ "Loudside Radio". 
  32. ^ "Razor 94.7 Morning Show - AVN Edition". 
  33. ^ "Hangar 19 Official Site". 
  34. ^ "Hangar 19 Official Facebook". 
  35. ^ "Hangar 19 - EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM THE REVOLVER/GUITAR WORLD ROAST OF DEE SNIDER". 
  36. ^ "'Hangar 19' Radio Show to Dedicate Episode to Rock & Roll Roast of Dee Snider". Guitar World. 
  37. ^ "Hangar 19 Radio Show to Dedicate Episode to Rock & Roll Roast of Dee Snider". Revolver Magazine. 
  38. ^ "WhoSay - Thom Hazaert". WhoSay. 
  39. ^ "SLIPKNOT Frontman: This Is Who I Am". Blabbermouth.