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Thom Hazaert (often stylized as Thöm Hazaërt) is an American journalist, Radio Personality, Artist Manager, Music and Film 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. Hazaert's work was also influential in the early advent of lifestyle street and viral marketing among Rock acts, 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.
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.
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, where he would befriend up and coming artists including Korn, Deftones, Papa Roach, Snot, and Incubus. Shortly thereafter, Hazaert secured an internship at Immortal Records, and relocated to Los Angeles.
In the late 1990s, Hazaert was tapped as an A&R Scout and Marketing Consultant for Michael Tedesco and Jeff Fenster at Jive Records, 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.
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. 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.
Hazaert also makes guest appearances in early videos from both Limp Bizkit ("Counterfeit") and Staind ("Mudshovel"), as well as Sevendust's "Angel's Son". 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.
Management and Production
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."
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, Adema, Allele, Videodrone, Primer 55 and more.
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. 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.
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.
Thom Hazaert Company
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. 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."
Additionally in 2012, THC released the single "Sugars of Someday", which Hazaert also co-produced, 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.
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.
THC : FILMS
In 2015, under the banner THC: Films, Hazaert began producing special features with Red Shirt Pictures for Shout!Factory/Scream Factory, including directing and co-producing, with Scream Factory, Red Shirt Pictures, and Iron Alley Films, a documentary featurette about the Wes Craven's Shocker soundtrack. The documentary, featuring interviews with soundtrack producer Desmond Child, David Ellefson of Megadeth, Jason McMaster of Dangerous Toys, Bruce Kulick,(Ex-KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Kane Roberts, and the film's star Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files, Sons of Anarchy), who played the iconic Horace Pinker, appears on the Scream Factory Collector's Edition Blu-Ray released September 8, 2015.
Hazaert was also involved in production, with Red Shirt Pictures and Iron Alley Films, on special features for Wes Craven's The People Under The Stairs, Army of Darkness, and Tales From the Crypt Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood.
Hazaert also served as a producer on Long Way to the Top, a "life on the road" documentary directed by Rob Montague, featuring Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Scott Shriner of Weezer, Eddie Reyes of Taking Back Sunday, Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, as well as members of Nine Inch Nails, Grizfolk, and more, which premiered in 2015 as an official selection at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The film went on to screen as an official selection at Middle of the Map Film Fest, Skyline International Film Festival, and New Filmmakers Los Angeles, where the film screened at the AT&T Center in Los Angeles.
Ellefson Music Productions - EMP Label Group
In October 2015 it was announced that Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson had launched a record label and production company, Ellefson Music Productions, also known as EMP (or EMP Label Group), and had tapped Hazaert to oversee Marketing and A&R operations. It was announced EMP would release In Your Face, the debut EP from Phoenix-based all-girl Pop-Punk group Doll Skin (which Ellefson also produced), in conjunction with Megaforce Records in North America, and Cargo Records in Europe. The EP was released October 30 in North America, and is set to be released December 18 in Europe. The EP, and first single "Family of Strangers", has already received airplay on many prominent stations in the US and Europe, including Rodney Bingenheimer's weekly show on influential LA Rock station KROQ.
In February 2016, it was announced that EMP had partnered with eOne Distribution in North America, and SPV in Europe. In mainland Europe, EMP Label Group titles are marketed under the Ellefson Music Productions brand. Current artists on the roster include: Green Death, Another Lost Year, Dead By Wednesday, A Killer's Confession featuring Waylon Reavis formerly of Mushroomhead, Doll Skin, Arise in Chaos, Chuck Mosley, Helstar, Skumlove, Killing The Messenger, Heaven Below, and more.
Ellefson also appears on a nightly segment "Mandatory Megadeth" on Hazaert's Dash Radio show AM/PM WITH THOM HAZAERT, and is a frequent guest, often discussing EMP, DOLL SKIN, and their various collaborations.
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".
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, Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate, Rusty Coones of Attika 7/Sons of Anarchy, comedian Craig Gass (Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show), and more.
Hazaert's THC : MUSIC also had a full page ad in the Roast program, featuring a special dedication to Dee Snider.
Hazaert currently hosts "AM/PM with Thöm Hazaërt", a 2-hour "late night morning show" airing 6 nights a week on Dash Radio Metal and Punk station Los Anarchy Radio, focused on Hard Rock/Metal and Pop Culture. Guests have included Bumblefoot, Renoly Santiago (Hackers, Dangerous Minds, Con Air), Rusty Coones from Sons of Anarchy, Coal Chamber guitarist Meegs Rascon, Billy Sheehan, Marty Friedman, Director Iain Softley (Hackers, Backbeat), Mary Zimmer of White Empress, Alex Vincent from Child's Play, Chris Mulkey (First Blood, Twin Peaks, Friday Night Lights), Producer Dave Jerden (Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick, filmmaker Mark Borchardt, Ari Lehman, Jesse Camp, Drew Fortier and many more.
“It is essentially a morning show format, but it runs in the middle of the night… Every day I basically get to talk to one of my idols,” said Hazaert.
In September 2015, in conjunction with Scream Factory, Hazaert produced a radio special based on the soundtrack for Wes Craven's Shocker, which included audio from his Scream Factory Documentary, which aired on both AM/PM with Thöm Hazaërt, and as a standalone special on Dashradio Metal station Los Anarchy Radio.
On October 2, 2015, AM/PM aired a special dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Hackers, in conjunction with Shout!Factory, with appearances from director Iain Softley, and actor Renoly Santiago, aka "Phantom Phreak".
Hazaert has 2 daughters, Reilly Hazaert and Jenna Hazaert, and currently resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 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.
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