Color Theory
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I liked it

But in Belarus not to buy
Cash-strapped country, too love you )


Color Theory responded on 08/17/2012
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I appreciate that, and totally understand! For me, the most important thing is that you listen and enjoy it.

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When did you start to have fans? What did you do to make your music known?


Color Theory responded on 08/16/2012
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I had a lucky start. I was staff accompanist for a choral program with over 300 high school kids, and sold 150 CDs on the first day, which put me in the black. For the next few years, compilations CDs did the most for my visibility. Different times, different strategies.

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You seem set against performing live. Don't you think you could overcome your natural predilections and be an "Extrovert at Play"?


Color Theory responded on 08/08/2012
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Absolutely! I actually did play out for a few years, mostly just me and a piano (which you can hear on my first album, Sketches in Grey). But why do it if I don't enjoy it? I'd much rather devote what little time I have to writing and recording new material.

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Just found your quality music . Been doing my own for about a year now and just don't see any activity. I spend extensive time on each track. Any suggestions? http://www.last.fm/music/JR+Claiborn


Color Theory responded on 08/04/2012
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As a mastering engineer, I work on lots of great music that few people ever hear. I sometimes wish I could focus solely on writing and recording the best music I can, but the truth is, I spend more time on promotion. In fact, I write a blog dedicated to the subject that offers lots of pointers: http://www.passivepromotion.com

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First off I love your music! Have you ever thought putting a female vocalist? Or maybe a little more aggressive singer? Is there a band you would like to cover besides depeche mode? Or work with?


Color Theory responded on 08/03/2012
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Thanks! My wife sings backup on a number of songs, particularly on The Thought Chapter. I doubt I'll ditch the lead singer (me) anytime soon ;). Aggressive isn't my thing.

I've covered quite a few other bands, from a-ha to Giorgio Moroder to OMD to Sondheim to Metallica, but my focus right now is on originals. As for collaborations, I'm not actively seeking them out because I've had so many false starts in the past, but you never know!

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will you ever play live? if yes, then what controller would you use?


Color Theory responded on 08/01/2012
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I have no plans to, and I'd definitely need to research controllers if I ever did!

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Tell us something about your work, what you love in life. Thanks


Color Theory responded on 08/01/2012
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I love that there are people out there that care about what I'm doing, because without that connection, I'm not sure I'd still be doing it.

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Don't you think hardware rules, finally ?


Color Theory responded on 07/28/2012
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As someone who's been all software since 2003, not so much!

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Hey Brian, Love your stuff man!! In fact you inspired me to make music ;) Could you name some VSTi's good for Synthpop? Thanks.


Color Theory responded on 07/24/2012
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Right now my main synths are Massive, Sylenth, and Zebra. Everything from Perfect Tears to my DM tribute was done on a single (hardware) synth, the Yamaha An-1x, so don't feel like you need to amass a huge collection!

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can i get more of your music:)


Color Theory responded on 07/24/2012
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Yes. Yes, you can.