Hello, everyone. Welcome to the first and only Blogger-Meets-Publicist spotlight you will see on this blog all week. It’s a rare treat that we have the opportunity to sit down with someone as engrained in the industry as the person at the center of today’s feature, and the insight she has to share is something you do not want to miss. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about our efforts here at Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
One of the beautiful things about building this blog has been the way our coverage of various people and sites has allowed us to network with an even larger community of writers critics, artists, and music fans than we ever imagined. By watching readers share and discuss our stories we have been able to work towards creating content more suited to your interests, and one thing you have made abundantly clear is this: You want to know more about people who balance multiple roles in this industry. We have spent the past several weeks seeking out the brightest minds who currently juggle roles with two or more companies, and in the weeks ahead we plan to profile many of them in our ‘Industry Spotlight’ series, starting this afternoon with the one and only Kim Kelly.
Over the last decade Kim Kelly has engrained herself so far into the world of hard rock and metal that she’s appeared in or on essentially every major music publication with influence in the world of rock. Pitchfork, Noisey, Terrorizer, The Atlantic, The Quietus - you name it and there is a good chance Kim has written for them. She is also the founder of Catharsis PR, which has aided some of the best and brightest young minds in music to gain additional exposure in recent years. In the interview below she tells us how it all came to be, and it’s a journey unlike any we have ever shared before.
I must admit before we dive in that this interview is a bit unique in that my initial research on Kim proved to have some errors. There is time and effort put in to learning the story of every one of our guests before our interviews commence, but sometimes information slips through the cracks. Fortunately for us, Kim was a good sport and didn’t rag on us too hard for our errors.
If you would like to learn more about Kim Kelly, we highly suggest you follow her everyday thoughts and observations via Twitter. You should also check out Catharsis PR. Any additional questions or comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Before we begin, would you please tell everyone your full name, job title, and a few publications where your work can be found:
K: My name is Kim Kelly. I’m the assistant editor of Iron Fist Magazine and a frequent contributor to Pitchfork as well as to numerous other publications (Noisey, Spin, NPR, Decibel, Kerrang, the Atlantic, the Quietus, the Wire, Fader, Metalsucks, Myspace, et cetera). In addition, I write the ‘Ravishing Grimness’ column in Terrorizer Magazine.
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the first of a few new ‘Advice’ column we have planned for the day ahead. This one in particular is quite special because it was contributed by one of the hottest up and coming alternative acts in the world, and the advice they have to offer could very well aide another developing act in reaching a new level of success. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more information about the services offered by Haulix, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
For the better part of the last three years, Stars In Stereo have been working their way up the underground rock ladder of success. From their from their first practice in the city of Los Angeles until now they have been focused on proving once and for all that rock and roll is not dead. In fact, it is very much alive, and anyone with doubts need only witness Stars In Stereo’s critically acclaimed live show for proof. This four piece is the real deal, and slowly the rock world has begun to give them the attention they deserve.
Recently, a publicist friend of ours brought Stars In Stereo’s latest release to our attention. After learning of their journey through the various levels of rock recognition it dawned on us that the band may be able to offer some insight into life as a touring artist that otherwise may never be shared. We made a request, and late last week the following submission arrived in our inbox:
Hello and welcome to a brand new week of music industry advice and insight on the official blog of Haulix. We have been preparing all month for the days ahead, and could not be more excited to finally share the content we have in store with all of you. From interview to advice, everything you love about this blog will be making an appearance in the very near future. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more information about the services offered by Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
There are many types of music critics in this world. Some people love to hear themselves talk, others feel they have a mission to prove one genre is better than all the rest, and still others critique for the sake of finding the best music anywhere in the world. Genre does not matter. Age does not matter. If they have an audience, these critics want to know why. They dedicate themselves to the pursuit of the most memorable, catchy, infectious, and downright unforgettable audio offerings ever created. They are a rare breed of writer, and we are fortunate enough to have one of their brightest minds with us today.
For the better part of the last three years Daniel Gallegos has served as founder, editor, and sometimes photographer of The Dread Music Review. The goal of these efforts has not been to preach about one genre of music, or to say one group is better than the other, but to show the world all music is awesome and worth hearing. Through music reviews, live coverage, editorials, and little bit of everything in between, Daniel explores the wide reaching world of music so casual listeners can enjoy the latest greatest offerings from around the globe. His mission is one we applaud, and we are honored to have him take part in this series.
If you would like to learn more about Daniel Gallegos and the efforts of The Dread Music Review, please take time today to follow the site on Facebook. additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Please tell everyone your full name, job title, and the site you’re going to discuss with us today:
D:Hey James! My name is Daniel Gallegos, owner, writer, and sometimes photographer for the DreadMusicReview.com.
Hello and welcome to the official blog of Haulix. One of the questions we are asked most often on this blog is whether or not we know of any job openings within the music industry. We try our best to inquire during interviews with our guests, but recently we decided to kick things up a notch and launch a column specifically dedicated to new opportunities around the music business. It’s called the Music Industry Job Board, and this is the third installment.
Every Sunday afternoon, we gather the new job and internship offerings we have come across in recent days. We do our best to offer description of each job, as well as any supplemental information related to the application process. The latest round of openings can be found below.
You can help us build this list! If you have an opening you would like to see added to a future job board post, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with all the pertinent information. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Job summary: The Shazam team are now looking for a Junior Account Manager/Coordinator on a temporary basis to join a growing & busy team.This is a critical role in the sales planning process at Shazam & encompasses pre and post sales support, administration and reporting.This newly created role will provide support to the New York Account Management team and will cover both Shazam for TV (SFTV) and Music. The ideal candiate will be responsible for making sure that all stages of the sales process are managed appropriately. This will include working closely with Account Managers, Ad Operations, and Trafficking teams.
Hello, everyone. Thank you for taking a little time out from your weekend to read up on the latest industry advice and insight. We are thrilled to be sharing the third chapter of our ongoing ‘Journalism Tips’ series, and to be honest we think it might the best one to date.
We are always looking for new ways to expand and further refine our efforts here at Haulix. If you have an idea for this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the digital distribution services we offer, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com and share your thoughts. If you prefer social media, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s heard “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Don’t take this as the beginning of some blogged bash towards education, because believe me; if you’d like to get anywhere, you need to be able to walk the walk, if you already plan on talking the talk.
Which brings me into what this is all about: Networking.
Hello and welcome to the final update of the work week here on the official blog of Haulix. We like to use this time to reflect on everything that has happened around our offices in recent days and want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. If you would like to learn more about the services offered by Haulix, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and request more information. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Kicking off this week, we wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has sent us feedback regarding our recently launched mobile platform. We knew people were hoping for such an update for a long time and are thrilled to finally be able to deliver. If you missed the original announcement, click here for details regarding the system and how you can access your promos on the go.
Hey there, everyone. Thank you for stopping by the official blog of Haulix! We are thrilled to be sharing the second installment of our recently launched How To Kill Your Band column this afternoon, and hope you’ll continue stopping by as this series continues in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more information about the services offered by Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
I’ve been in the music industry as an artist for nearly10 years now. In that decade I’ve achieved nearly all of my childhood music dreams, but I’ve also made just as many mistakes that run over my mind before I fall asleep each night. A wonderment of how a few different decisions, rerunning in hindsight, would work out in some alternate universe. This ever creeping determinism is a fallacy I’m quite aware of but one that I will never completely shake, though it’s these experiences I’ve learned the most valuable lessons. These are the things I’d like to share in a series of mini-blogs I call How to kill your band.
Hello and welcome to the final Blogger Spotlight of the week. We realize it’s only Wednesday, but we have so much content ready to release that it’s time to put this column on the shelf for a bit. Before we do however, we are delivering one of the most requested interviews we have ever received.
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Those who find lasting success in the music industry often do so because they have fully committed to their craft. They find the power to shake off whatever self-imposed barriers to success stand in their way and do everything in their power to forge a path entirely their own towards the goals they have set for themselves. They may turn to others for advice and reassurance, but no one can do the work for them.
The burden of purpose is one only you can carry, and in order to succeed you have to be prepared to commit all the time you have available to the pursuit of professional happiness. You can accept no substitute. There is a place for you in this world and you are working towards it.
Cassie Whitt accepted the challenges that come with a career in music when she decided to launch her own blog in 2008, but her pursuit of a life in music actually began several years earlier in 2004. That was the year Cassie, then 14, first discovered My Chemical Romance. Their music helped Cassie turn her life around, and in doing so exposed her to the true power music can possess. She knew then she needed to do something to help others find music that would eventually change their lives, and the rest - as they say - is history.
These days Cassie can be found around the offices of Alternative Press Magazine where she serves the publication’s web content manager. She loves her job and continues to help connect people with talented artists on a daily basis. We’ve been receiving requests to feature her story since late November and could not be more excited to finally be able to share her adventure.
If you would like to learn more about Cassie and her undying love for all things My Chemical Romance, please make it a point to follow both her and Alternative Press on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Hello! Before we dive in, would you please tell everyone your name, job title, and the publication(s) you currently work for:
C: My name is Cassie Whitt. I’m the Web Content Manager for Alternative Press.
H: Thanks again for taking part in this series. We like to begin by getting a little background information about everyone. When you think of your earliest memories with music, what comes to mind?
C: I always think of running errands with my grandmother and listening to Patsy Cline cassettes in the car when I was a three or four years old. On the cover art of one of the tapes,
Hello, everyone. Welcome to the first ‘Advice’ column of the week. We spoke in January about the meaning of being a professional in the music industry, and today we’re returning to that topic for an attempt at defining the term ‘practice.’ If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more information about the services offered by Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Every aspiring professional knows they need to practice in order to improve their skills, but those destined for a lasting career recognize early on that the journey towards perfection with your art is one that never truly comes to an end. There is always room for improvement, whether you’re trying to be the best artist or publicist, and practicing your art on a regular basis is key to further developing your skills.
But what does that mean exactly?
The dictionary will tell you that ‘practice’ is defined as ‘(the) repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.’ That’s a perfectly generic way to explain the term, but if you approach your work on your art with similarly vague intentions you will stunt your development.
Hello and welcome to a brand new week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We have received a number of requests to feature the person at the center of today’s column, and though they personally have no reason to use our service their work has been protected by labels using Haulix for the better part of the last decade.
The music industry is a wild and widespread industry that often seems incapable of change. Every now and then however, someone comes along who takes our preconceived notions of what great music is supposed to sound like and turns it upside down. These people lead landscape-changing evolutions that pioneer new sub-genres of music, and far too often they are never given the credit they deserve because they do not spend much, if any time in front of the general public. Joey Sturgis is one such soul, and since 2005 he has been carrying the torch for modern hard rock by producing albums for some of the cutting-edge music found anywhere on the planet. He recently decided to foray into the world of production tools, and earlier this month took a few minutes to tell us about his journey in the music business.
You may not think you know that much about Joey Sturgis, but I can almost guarantee you have heard his work if you are at all interested in rock and roll. From Asking Alexandria, to Crown The Empire, Emmure, Emarosa, Blessthefall, We Came As Romans, The Devil Wears Prada, Everyone Dies In Utah, Dangerkids, Buried In Verona, and I See Stars, there are very few popular hard rock bands working today that have not spent at least a few hours working with the man at the center of today’s feature in recent years. He’s a true original, and we could not be more thrilled to aide him in sharing his latest efforts with the rest of the music industry.
If you would like to learn more about Joey Sturgis, please take the time to follow him on Twitter. You can learn more about his plugins by visiting Joey Sturgis Tones. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Before we dive in, could you please tell everyone your name, job title, and the studio you call home:
J: My name is Joey Sturgis. I am a record producer, engineer, and entrepreneur. I’m making plugins now, but I am not sure what the official title is for that. I do not have a studio to call home right now, but I do a lot of work out of 37 Studio in metro Detroit.