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Hello, everyone! We have been telling you for months that we were hoping to expand our Artist Spotlight series, and today we are doing just that. The world of metal has been left in our rear view mirror and we are now setting our sights on learning from a living punk legend. Whether you’re into underground music or not, there is something in this feature for you. Pay attention.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

In 2014, it’s often a miracle if any band can make things work long enough to make it to their five year anniversary as a group. Far more unique however, are those outfits who have spent over a decade together. Even crazier than that are the two decade groups, and standing out above them all is a select group of musicians who have been performing more or less consistently for over thirty years. To reach that point takes a special kind of creative magic, and today we hope to shed a little light on how your group can attain that kind of longevity.

For more than three decades, with the exception of several years in the middle, The Dead Milkmen have been an influential voice in the global music community. There sound was born out of the very same bacteria that gave birth to the initial North American punk movement, and today it sounds just as infectious as it did when their debut album dropped in 1985. Their latest release, Pretty Music For Pretty People, is slated for release on October 7. We had the chance to speak with longtime drummer Dean Sabatino about the record, as well as the group’s legacy in music, earlier this week. You can view highlights from our conversation below.

I know The Dead Milkmen are not often held in the same regard as The Ramones, The Clash, or The Sex Pistols, but if you truly do your research into the history of punk in the US I think you will discover their impact is far greater than anyone has been able to accurately document up to this point. Pretty Music For Pretty People is a fantastic record that provides further evidence of the band’s enduring quality, and I hope for your sake that you find time to experience all it has to offer in the weeks ahead. Click here for pre-order information.

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Hello, everyone! We are thrilled to learn that you were able to find time in your day to browse the latest content on our blog. The post you are about to enjoy is a guest piece from one of our favorite contributors, and it offers information that can help anyone aspiring to one day work in this crazy business we call the music industry.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

There’s something truly wonderful about finding a community within a community. You know what I mean. You live in one place your entire life, but never really get to know the communities you’re a part of. You never get to make the connections that can ultimately make or break you, and so you never really get to feel like you totally belong.

When I first moved to San Francisco, I struggled to find friends. As a 26-year-old working from home, meeting new people, especially people interested so deeply in what I was (music) wasn’t exactly easy. But within a few months I befriended SF Intercom owner and Balanced Breakfast co-founder Stefan Aronson, and was soon introduced to 30+ new friends, all sharing some part in the music industry. It was brilliant. An incredibly simple concept that I had never even thought of: get everyone within a city’s industry together on a weekly basis to talk shop, network, and help propel one another’s dreams. I was in love.

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Hello and welcome to another week of music industry discussion here on the official blog of Haulix. We are thrilled to have you join us, even if it’s only for a few short minutes. The content we have planned the coming days has been in production for weeks, and we truly believe it’s some of our best material to date. We’re starting with some advice, but in the days ahead there will be interviews and additional features as well.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

We have made this point several times in the past, but in a time where everyone is constantly vying for attention on social networks there may be no better way to reach your fans than through maintaining an email newsletter. Some may think email is becoming antiquated these days, but that is in fact not the case. Email is the only way many brands and artists are able to reach their audience that allows for in-depth discussion on multiple topics, and though it may never make you a star maintaining such outreach can aide in developing a sustainable career in music. We have talked about how to make great newsletters in the past, and if I had to guess we will probably revisit that topic in the future, but today we are looking at how to increase signups for this outreach at your upcoming live events. The advice we have is not all that complex, but if you follow our guidance and apply the concepts to your audience you will see results.

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A lot has been written about the supposed dire state of the music industry, but truth be told there are a number of successful and growing companies, including record labels, that are thriving in 2014. In this column we bring together every job opening we can find from the companies responsible for building the future of the  business and present them to you, our reader, in hopes of aiding you on your journey to join the global music industry professional family.

Each Sunday we scour the internet for the latest and greatest job postings throughout the music industry. You can help us better serve our community by sending any job openings you find or have to james@haulix.com. Be sure to include the name of the company hiring, a detailed description of the position being offered, a desired start date, contact information, and any additional supplemental information you feel may be needed.


Job openings:

A&R/Distro Manager (Fixt)

JOb summary: FiXT, a growing Midwest-USA-based, internationally known record label, online music & merch store, artist services, and publishing company, with extensive list of FIlm/TV/Video Game Placements is seeking a motivated and talented full-time Label A&R / Distribution Manager specializing in Alternative/Rock/Metal and Electronic/EDM genres. FiXT is a forward thinking independent label with emphasis on direct-to-fan sales and embraces streaming revenue models such as Spotify, YouTube Content ID and more. The FiXT label roster includes world-renowned artists Celldweller and Blue Stahli. The ideal candidate for this position will be motivated to become an active part of the team to accelerate company growth, contribute to the continued expansion of the company and client roster, be extremely organized, and should be capable of multitasking and handling multiple deadlines simultaneously. Candidate should have 3-5+ years of experience in a related field with a portfolio of proven accomplishments and a strong work ethic.

Director of Sales, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship (Live Nation)

Job summary: This successful sponsorship sales professional will be responsible for creating and selling branded, high-impact music marketing programs across our music properties. Responsibilities include: create, package and sell solution-based music marketing programs for Live Nation amphitheater, club, promotional and digital properties and assets, meet or exceed revenue and key account goals, building, refining, updating and maintaining a pipeline of prospects, and more.

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It’s back! We told you last month that our hiatus from podcasting had come to a close, and as proof we’ve returned exactly fourteen days days later with our fourth episode ready to be shared across the world wide web. We know a lot of you have asked about getting this show on iTunes, and we promise that is on our immediate to-do list. For now, you can stream and download this show, as well as the rest of the Inside Music series, on Soundcloud

On this week’s episode, author and entrepreneur Adam Lopez joins us for a conversation on life, love, and the pursuit of a career in music. Adam and I have been digital friends for a little over a year at this point, but the recording of this podcast was the first time we had actually had a real conversation with each other. We build on our working knowledge of each other’s background to challenge one another when it comes to building a better future, and I like to think it’s that friendly back and forth that keeps us both motivated in our daily lives.

Adam knows this already, but I have been a longtime admirer of his work. He’s somehow younger than me, but already overseeing a company far bigger than anything I have been able to create. I respect his hustle and believe you will too after enjoying this conversation:

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Hello again, everyone! Last week our Recap was delayed on account of our team being in Denver for Riot Fest, but this time around we are ready (on time) to deliver everything you need to know about the latest happenings at Haulix HQ. Before we get there however, I wanted to bring your attention to a great band with an incredibly silly name. Microwave, a group hailing from Georgia, recently released a killer new record that we cannot stop spinning around our office. They released a music video this week for one of our favorite tracks, which you can now view below:

Each and every Friday we like to take a brief break from our regularly scheduled programming to update and reflect on everything happening at Haulix HQ. We are far more than a music blog, as many of you already know, and posts like this give us an opportunity to share more our efforts with all of you.

REMINDER: Scheduled Maintenance

We will be performing general patch updates in all of our servers this Saturday, September 27, from 12:00PM to 4:00PM CST. There will be some minor downtime during the process and services will be unavailable.

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the latest edition of our long-running Journalism Tips series. We started this column as a way to help aspiring writers get their start in music, but over the couple months we have been evolving into a place writers come to have their questions about life in the business answered. This entry was created in regards to a question we found on a journalism forum earlier this week, and we think the solution could very well keep many young writers from inadvertently becoming the source of a future music leak.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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As we mentioned above, this specific column came to life after a forum post was brought to our attention earlier this week. The message read:

"Okay…. I just want to make sure I’m not making some rookie mistake. When I get haulix invites or private links, I forward it to my writer depending on their tastes, yeah? Obviously, you’re not supposed to share the invite, and my writers sign a disclaimer about not sharing music and if they do it’s on them, but surely they don’t mean "do not forward this to a writer?" I just ask because I got Finch’s album from razor and tie and she asked me to please not share it. I would never do that outside of sharing it with ONE writer that is writing the review.”

This is not an uncommon question, and to be honest we are kind of glad someone brought this post to our attention as it provides the perfect opportunity to address this concern on a large scale.

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Hello and welcome to another edition of the Haulix Blogger Spotlight series. We received your numerous requests for this column to appear more frequently, and through the coming month of October we will attempt to do just that. Today’s interview runs a little longer than most, but it’s definitely worth your time.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

I never get tired of meeting new writers with interesting stories to share. There may be well over a two-thousand music bloggers in existence today, and though we have spent over a year speaking with people in that realm we have barely scratched the surface as far as understanding life in music today is concerned. Today however, we get a bit closer thanks to an amazing conversation with the man known to most of the digital world as Johnny Ringo.

Brandon Ringo, the real world person behind the moniker Johnny Ringo, is a seasoned writing veteran with a wealth of experience already under his belt. He writes for New Noise Magazine and Nothing Original, as well as Amps And Green Screens. His online moniker is the result of a childhood memory involving a cast member from Duck Dynasty, but truth be told that’s a story best left for the interview. I wanted to feature Brandon for several months now, and just last week I finally got the opportunity to ask him every question I had ever thought of in regards to his career and where he sees himself in the future. His answers were, as expected, incredibly insightful. You can read our conversation below.

I’m not sure where Brandon will end up in the years ahead, but I know that as long as he keeps writing content that is on par with, if not better than what he’s been delivering in 2014 up to this point he will be able to write for anyone he desires in no time at all. Everyone, including myself, can learn something from his journey. If you have any additional questions or comments for Brandon, please post them at the end of this article.

H: Hello! I’m excited to begin and hope you are as well. Please take a moment and introduce yourself to our readers:

B: My name is Brandon Ringo, I’m 29 years old and I’m a writer for New Noise Magazine (http://newnoisemagazine.com/), which is available in both print and digital formats. I also do reviews for blogs like Nothing Original (http://nothingoriginal.net/) and Amps & Green Screens (http://ampsandgreenscreens.com/). In addition to writing, I work a full time job for “the man” helping out Small Business customers, which has turned out to be a lot more gratifying and fulfilling than it sounds. I also have an amazingly supportive, wonderful and patient wife named Amber and a one year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charles Barkevious Ringo, who I have taught to bark the chorus to “Who Let The Dogs Out?”

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Hello, everyone! Thank you so much for finding a little bit of time in your day to spend with us discussing the current state of the music industry. We have been trying to up the amount of content we share with all of you, and to accomplish we have turned to our friends in the industry to help provide additional features. The one you’re about to enjoy was written by Seth Werkheiser for the Novelty And Nonsense email newsletter. If you enjoy what you read, click here to sign up for all future Novelty And Nonsense messages.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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Q. Should you tell people in your email newsletters to follow you on Twitter, Facebook, etc.?

A. I say “no.” Here’s why:

If a person has opened your email, you deserve a gold star. A medal. A plaque of radness.

To get anyone to do anything on the internet is a damn miracle.

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Hello, everyone! I know our posting has been a little weird in recent days, but I promise everything will soon be back on track once more. Half our team spent the past several days in Denver, which through our editorial efforts way out of whack. Everyone is back together now, and we are welcoming you back to the blog with a wonderful guest post from our friend Lueda Alia.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Last night, I came across an article titled “I Read and Replied to Every Single PR Email I Received for a Week” by Zach Schonfeld, which describes my daily, exhausting experience with my inbox(es) all too well.

Many years ago, reading press releases was the best way to keep updated with what was happening in the music world. Press releases were a godsend at a time when information on the web was limited, bands didn’t keep in touch with fans regularly, and more importantly, there were far fewer PR agencies around. But that time has long since passed. Most writers get ambushed by press releases nowadays, most of which are mismatched. I realize that it’s impossible to keep up with every publication, zine or blog out there — hell, even as a reader myself, I can only keep up with maybe 3 or 4 on a daily basis — but that does not excuse making horribly misguided pitches to writers who do not care about specific artists, genres, or what have you. I couldn’t count the number of times I have received emails for hardcore or metal music — two genres I’ve never once covered in my entire career as an editor — by publicists who tell me, “I think you’ll really dig this band, Lueda!” No, I guarantee you that I won’t, and now you have wasted 2-3 minutes of my day that I could have spent reading something else in my inbox that actually interests me.

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