About the author

Thomas Haywood Jr.

Thomas Haywood Jr. owner of Redefining Darkness Records and Seeing Red Records is an American, multi-instrumentalist, musician who’s musical resume includes Abigail Williams (Candlelight Records), Born of Fire (Roadrunner Records), System Divide (Metal Blade Records), Aborted (Century Media Records), as well as a slew of various musical projects with signed and unsigned talent alike.

Thomas is a 2004 graduate of Musicians Institute’s PIT (Percussion Institute of Technology) program in Los Angeles, and taught percussion for 8 years at a local music collective in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2009, Thomas started a program called For Those About to Rock, designed to teach students how to interact with one another in a classroom type environment, which is still operating today.

In addition, Thomas worked as a live sound engineer at the infamous, now defunct, Peabody’s Downunder (Cleveland, OH) from 2009-2011. Always busy and keeping a proverbial “foot in the door” when it comes to the music business, Thomas is always looking to the next thing and has an array of projects in the works, soon to be released upon the masses.

Music is passion; passion is life.” -Thomas Haywood Jr.