For 7 years I’ve been fortunate enough to spend most of my time working with the community on the Harmonix forums, the Rock Band Twitter and Facebook accounts, and at live events. I have been lucky to be on the front lines with some of the most enthusiastic fans, for some of the best party games ever made, so that makes it all the harder to say that today is my last day at Harmonix.
I joined Harmonix in early 2008, just a few weeks after Rock Band shipped. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. Since then I’ve served as a Community Manager for every Rock Band release, and have had at least some small role in supporting the Dance Central franchise, Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, VidRhythm, Record Run, A City Sleeps, the Amplitude Kickstarter, and a few projects that never were, and a few that are still yet to be.
Since 2008 I’ve demoed Harmonix games in over a dozen states and seven countries. I posted 192 Rock Band DLC announcements. I’ve even been able to help a few community members propose to their significant others both in game and on stage.
I’ve played The Beatles: Rock Band with Tom Hanks, talked about Dance Central choreography with Suge Knight, and explained Rock Band 4’s Freestyle Guitar Solos to WWE’s World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. I’ve been on QVC, the red carpet at the VMAs, and I’ve set up The Beatles: Rock Band at a McCartney concert at Fenway Park. I’ve played bass on songs by The Police while Sting watched, I’ve seen The Who in sound check, and I’ve played “Here Comes The Sun” at Abbey Road.
As exciting and surreal as those moments have been, 90% of my job has been talking to the community, passing along your feedback, and advocating for the things you’ve asked for. The Rock Band social accounts were the first thing I checked almost every morning and the last thing I checked almost every night. That’s not something that was in my job description, or something that someone told me I had to do… it was something that I enjoyed doing because Rock Band has such an amazing, dedicated, and unbelievably passionate community. I’ve loved the time I’ve spent as your Community Manager, and I’m going to miss it.
That said, I can’t wait to experience the next wave of Harmonix projects as a fan. The level of talent in the studio is absolutely off the charts, and they are the smartest, most creative people I have ever met. The reaction to Rock Band 4 at events has been so overwhelmingly positive, and it’s an honest to god thrill seeing so much enthusiasm for Rock Band after a 5 year hiatus between games. I’m really looking forward to seeing launch from the other side of the fence, playing the final game for the first time in a room with friends. If you’ve got a launch party planned and you need someone to sing “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” so loud that the neighbors call the cops? Call me.
I hope you treat the other Harmonix folks (and the volunteer mods, who are living saints) on the forums and social channels as well as you have treated me, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from this community. Thanks again for 7 amazing years.