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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the weekend. Unless you’re reading this during the week, of course, then I guess the proper way to open would be to welcome you to wherever you are at this exact point in time. That sounds a bit to INXS for me, so I’m sticking with the weekend.

You may recall that Saturdays are usually reserved for our Journalism Tips series, but this week we received a guest blog we felt was too good to sit on for another week. This is an Advice column for bands, but there is plenty aspiring industry professionals can learn 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 and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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On last year’s Black Friday, I was laying on my living room floor with my dog and contemplating whether or not I should quit my job or walk 12 miles to work at the mall that day. I, unfortunately, chose the latter, worked retail for 10 hours, then walked another 12 miles home. The absolute only reason I bring that up (and the only reason it’s relevant) is because as I was dragging my body down my street and back to my house, our drummer Jake called me and point being, at the end of that long horrible day, we decided we were going to sign with Tragic Hero Records and they were going to re-release our album.

That was my best attempt at an “introduction”, so now that you know the “what”, here’s the “why”. We originally self released our EP, “Cold Bones” in October and despite how hard we worked to do that and how proud we were of ourselves, we weren’t 100% happy with it. One of the main reasons was that myself and Evan (our other singer) both had the flu while we were recording. So basically, the first EP didn’t actually represent the way our band sounded (at least vocally). On top of that, we had left 2 songs off the original release (to save them for a future split/small release), and wound up regretting that decision and not wanting them on any release other than “Cold Bones”. We felt like had we put those songs on any future releases, it wouldn’t be genuine in terms of representing the progression of our band and might’ve even led to those songs quickly becoming stale to us. The strangest thing about the timing of the opportunity was that we had formed these opinions long before the idea of signing to Tragic Hero or re-releasing the album had ever come up. We essentially had just come to conclusion that our first album wasn’t everything we wanted it to be, and we were gonna “get em next time”, so we really couldn’t have gotten any luckier. But I also don’t want to make it sound like this was a decision that took a single phone call to make. Even when Tommy from Tragic Hero initially contacted us, our response was, “fuck you”. For whatever reason, he wasn’t very bothered by that, continued to talk to us and offer help, and that eventually led to a very long series of conversations on the phone.

Through those conversations, Tommy made it clear to us that he liked our band for what we are and that one of the main reasons he took interest in us was a couple of different YouTube videos he’d watched of our shows and how kids reacted to our songs live. In other words, he made it clear that he noticed us for the only things we’ve ever wanted to be noticed for. Our music and how it affects people. So, as far as any advice I could give to to anyone that might find themselves in a position to make the kind of decision we did, all I have to say is do what’s right for you. And I don’t mean that vaguely, loosely, or emotionlessly. Truly do what’s right for you based off of:

A - Why the opportunity even came up in the first place (take a step back and see if it’s “for the right reasons”)

B - How it affects your “purpose” and career in the long run (basically, don’t sell your soul or fuck yourself contractually/financially), and more than anything

C - Honestly think about if you even want to fucking do it in the first place. Because despite how obviously awesome our opportunity seemed, had we not already wanted “another shot” at our album and had it been for reasons other than what I mentioned above, we absolutely wouldn’t have done it.

Work hard. Get hard. Stay hard. Bye.

This post was written and submitted by Dominick Fox, vocalist and guitarist for the band Bad Luck. If you like what you read, please make it a point to support Fox and his musical efforts whenever time and finances allow.

"I have never in my life found myself in a situation where I’ve stopped work and said, ‘Thank God it’s Friday.’ But weekends are special even if your schedule is all over the place. Something tells you the weekend has arrived and you can indulge yourself a bit." - Helen Mirren

I don’t know about your way of living, but I never question the words of a woman who once portrayed The Queen. Friday is here, and that means it’s time to let go of the week’s frustrations and embrace the freedom the weekend represents.

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.

Starting with the development side of things, we are currently taking steps to add a sixth media server to our platform. Our growth in 2014 has been overwhelming in the best possible way, so we’ve dedicated the last several weeks to refining our platform and planning for additional growth in the future. We’re ready for whatever the world brings our way, and in the months to come that will likely include a few additional development updates that I’ve been told I’m not allowed to share with the public just yet. Trust me, it’s coming. 

On the blog side of the company, the past several days have been littered with brainstorming sessions for future advice columns and over a dozen interviews. We know the past few weeks have been heavy with editorials, but in the months to come there will be a very large resurgence of Spotlight columns. We’re also bringing back our podcast, only this time with the kind of studio-quality audio you expect from such broadcasts. 

I know how busy the week was for us, so I can only imagine the type of work all of you had to complete before reaching this point. In case you missed any content we ran in recent days, use the links below to catch up:

How To Promote Online Voting Contests Without Annoying Your Fans

Creating A Band Bio That Everyone Will Appreciate

Success And Understanding Your Fans. Get Out Of Your Head and Into Theirs!

Sh*t Happens: A Lesson On What To Do When The Unexpected Occurs

Music Industry Job Board (8/3/2014)

That’s all we have for this week. Make sure you stop in tomorrow for a very special guest editorial, then again on Sunday to see the latest job openings.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Hello and welcome to the final regular content day of the work week. We received such an overwhelmingly positive response from last week’s guest posts that we decided to welcome our friend from Checkered Owl back once more to share a recent piece of content he created.

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 and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Over the past month I have been watching Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk take part in the CBC Searchlight contest, it has had several rounds of online voting which they have cleared through and are now in the final 4! They have done an incredible job of engaging their fan base to get this far and I thought getting a few insights from them could be a great lesson for all of us!

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Hello and welcome to the middle of the work week! It’s kind of crazy to think about how fast time seems to be flying this month, but regardless we are thrilled to learn that you’ve chosen to spend a few of your minutes with us. The column you are about to enjoy was crafted based on the input of multiple journalists and record label professionals, but that does not mean there is no room for expansion. If you know something we missed, or if you feel there is a better way for bands to sell themselves, please comment at the end of this post and share your input.

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 and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Speaking from the perspective of a seasoned music blogger, one of the most frustrating aspects of working with up and coming bands is learning anything worthwhile about the people behind the music. It’s as if artists focus so fervently on crafting the best song they possible can that they give no thought to how they will present themselves and their music once it’s time to launch whatever marketing efforts they have half-heartedly planned. I’m not here to say you should divert any attention from your songwriting, but you do need to make a conscious effort to develop one, two, or even three band bios that can be shared with any label, promoter, blogger, or licensing agent that may stumble across your work. Presentation is key in these matters, and to an extent every artist’s bio should be unique like snowflakes, but today I’m going to share just enough insight to get you started towards bettering the way you present yourself to others online.

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Hello again, everyone. We are thrilled to have you joining us this afternoon. The world of EDM is one we have spent very little time exploring on this blog, but there is no denying it has become a big source of business for the industry at large in recent years. Today, in an attempt to be slightly more ‘with it,’ we’re excited to be joining forces with our friends in We Are Nexus to offer a little insight on how they built their following. You might not listen to EDM, but that doesn’t mean you are unable to learn from those making a living working in that genre.

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 and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Hey everyone, my name is Nick Gunn and I make up half of the EDM duo (We Are) Nexus. My music partner, Carmen Rainier, and I have enjoyed success over the last year with our singles “It Feels So Good”, “World Around Me” and “Shamelessly”. We are about to embark on a new release, “Better Off Without You”, which comes out in just a few weeks! We are definitely grateful for all the success we have experienced in our first year and like every emerging artist our story is filled with tons of hard work and passion! 

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Hello, everyone. Welcome to the dawn of another new week filled to the brim with music industry advice and conversation. The column you’re about to read was not intended for release today, but after learning of certain events over the weekend that will be described below it seemed a far more fitting topic than what we originally had planned. We hope you agree.

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 and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s rare that the topic of these columns can be summarized in two words, but today’s discussion is unlike any other we’ve had to date. As such, the topic is simple and straightforward: Shit happens.

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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.

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Job Openings:

On-Air Coordinator (MTV France)

Job summary: We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated individual to join our team. This On-air Coordinator will help coordinate the workflow between the 2 different creative departments: Milan Design Studio for MTV Channels, based in Milan and Nick creative Hub for Nickelodeon, based in Paris. The On-Air coordinator will be the contact point between the 2 creative teams and the French departments in Paris (Legal, Production, Marketing, Programming, Digital etc) and the Amsterdam transmissions to help MDS and NCH deliver the best product.

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I was never that into the music of Jimmy Buffett, but my father spins his music every single week and I imagine he will continue to do so for the remainder of his life. When I was younger, I never understand what he heard that I could not. Now that I am older, however, I understand that Jimmy Buffet is the musical equivalent to Friday afternoon around 4:55 PM. He’s the kickoff to good times, and a sign that the weekend - not to mention all the freedom it holds - has arrived. Today, for my dad, I’m spinning Jimmy while writing this post. Feel free to join me:

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.

From a development point of view, the final week of July was spent refining our already proven platform and planning for the future. We cannot share any details regarding those discussions just yet, but we can tell you about something very important to us….

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Hello, everyone! This is our second post of the day, as well as the second in a two-part series of guest posts from music industry blogger Andrew Jones. He shared this interview with us several days back and we thought it was too good to not share with all of you. 

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 and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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A little while ago my friend Chris Seth Jackson (you probably know him from the now defunct howtorunaband.com) told me about a new service he started that automates the booking process for bands, allowing them to take some of the heavy lifting out of booking shows. I was intrigued and thought you might be as well, so decided to ask him a few questions about his new venture:

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Hello and welcome to the final regular content day of the work week. You may been too busy to notice this, but today also happens to be the final day of July, which was one of our busiest months to date. We’re thankful for all you’ve given us the ability to accomplish, and we’ve decided to say goodbye the hottest month of the year with a double set of guest posts from one our of favorite online music writers.

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 and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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One of the most common questions I am asked by people is how an artist can attract a manager, or, how to best pitch a manager that they are interested in working with. 

Much like everything in this business there isn’t one simple answer and everyone’s process is different but here a few things I appreciate and a process that can be employed to connect with a manager (or any other music business professional).

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