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Greetings! Thank you for taking a little bit of time from your busy day to spend with us while we continue our efforts to better the future of the music industry. We have been running a lot of interviews as of late, but only because we needed a little extra time to fine tune the numerous advice columns and series we have planned for the months ahead. Today we’re bringing back our informative efforts, and to kick things off we brought together some of the best minds from every corner of the music blogging realm for a discussion that every artist should read. If you have any questions about the content of the blog, or if you would like more information regarding the distributional services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

We do our absolute best to educate artists and groups alike on the proper way to communicate and interact with journalists, but as much as we like to think a few posts could change the world there are still many artists out there who are driving bloggers and print journalists alike crazy with their irritating, silly, or otherwise nonsensical promotional efforts. If that applies to you, and it very well could without you even realizing it, then this post just might save your career.

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Hello again, everyone! It’s a pleasure to have you join us this afternoon. We discovered the person at the center of today’s feature via Twitter just a few short weeks ago, and after seeing their passion for this industry we knew they needed a bit of space on our company blog. If you know of an individual or company we should feature in an upcoming spotlight interview, please email james@haulix.com and share your recommendations. We can also be found

We loved the content featured in March, but looking back this past weekend something clicked: Sometimes we get so carried away with all the big name writers and industry folk people ask us to speak to that we overlook the young minds currently shaping the future of music journalism. This blog is for the next generation of professionals, after all, and as much as the decade-long professionals can aide you in traversing the often tricky terrain of music there is still something to be said from the insight your more immediate peers have to offer.

Today we are returning to our blogging roots with a look at Kate Russell, the founder and editor of The Music Obsession. Kate’s life changed forever when she attended the Bamboozle Music Festival in 2008, and for the better part of the last six years Kate has been sharing her views on music with the world via TMO. We spoke with Kate just last week about her history in music, as well as the origins of her site’s name and the various difficulties facing young bloggers in the music industry today. You can read what she had to say below.

If you would like to learn more about Kate and The Music Obsession team, make sure you follow the site on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

H: Please take a few moments to introduce yourself to everyone:

K: Hi everyone! I’m Kate Russell, a newly 21 year old from Long Island finishing up her third year at NYU. I enjoy coffee, crafts, and talking to people. And of course, I’m the mind behind TheMusicObsession.com.

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Hello and welcome to a new week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We are extremely proud of the content planned for the days ahead, and are thrilled to be kicking things off with one of our most high-profile interviews to date. If you have any questions about the content of this post, or if you are interested in learning more about the secure music distribution services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Graduation season is quickly approaching, and already it’s hard to visit a store like Target or Wal-Mart without seeing copies of the Dr. Seuss story Oh, The Places You Will Go sitting alongside products with ‘Class of 2014’ printed on them. Not every copy will sell this season, but thousands will, and among those sold a few will go on to be read so many times their pages will begin to show signs of wear. It may be a poem originally intended to inspire children, but over the years Oh, The Places You Will Go has become a symbol of the future’s promise for young people, or at least those willing to chase after what interests them. I’m not sure the person at the center of today’s post was ever given a copy during a graduation celebration, but I can guarantee she’s embodied the message of Dr. Seuss’ iconic story her entire professional career.

Rose Slanic is a name you may not be familiar with just yet, but she has more than likely worked with a band or artist you adore at some point during the last two decades. She knew from an early age music was what interested her most and, after studying the industry through a two-year program offered by Harris Institute, began a journey in the music business that would not only allow her to travel the world, but gain the knowledge and experience necessary to lead labels in both the US and Canada. She was recently appointed to the position of General Manager for North America at Eleven Seven Music Group, and just last week she took a few minutes to speak with us about her life in music. What she shared changed the way we view the business, and we think it will offer a fresh perspective to many readers as well.

I want to grow up to be like Rose Slanic. I know I’m pushing twenty-seven now, but she has lead the kind of life in the industry all professionals aspire to one day achieve. She has seen the world while working with bands she believes in, and along the way made time to help others achieve their goals as well. If you need a new role model for industry professionalism, but still want to look up to someone who leads a kick ass life, Rose is a person you need to know.

If you would you like to learn more about Rose Slanic and her efforts with Eleven Seven Music Group, please take a few moments to follow her and Eleven Seven on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

H: Hello, thank you again for joining us. To get us started, please tell everyone your full name, job title, and the company where you are currently employed:

R: Rose Slanic, General Manager, Eleven Seven Music Group 

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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.

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:

Label Manager (Mom + Pop)

Job summary: This newly created position looks for someone who will be a key player in the running of the day-to-day operations of the label. Mom+Pop is growing their infrastructure to keep pace with the growing roster and evolving business. The Label Manager role is very dimensional, touching on all aspects of breaking artists, quarterbacking releases and running the label.  

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Hello and welcome to the ninth installment of our Journalism Tips series. We started this column as a way to help aspiring writers get their start in music, but over the last month we have been evolving into a place writers come to have their questions about life in the business answered. Today we are continuing that effort with a response to a question posed by one reader in regards to how writers handle the hate that comes their way online.

If you have any questions about developing as a writer/blogger in music, please do not hesitate email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

This may come as a shock to some of the younger writers reading this, but not everyone who reads your reviews will agree with, or even be able to appreciate, what you write. It’s not talked about all that often and it’s never taken to the kind of extremes that warrant news attention, but every writer that has developed a voice worth reading online has and will most likely continue to encounters people who disagree with their opinions on everything. It gets tough and, if we’re being completely honest, can drive even the most talented writers to ask themselves why they didn’t dedicate the last several years chasing after a different career, but it’s of the utmost importance you do not let such messaging break you.

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Hello again, everyone! It’s Friday at Haulix HQ, and truth be told there are only a few short hours before the weekend arrives. We have been working around the clock in recent days to prepare the next updates to our promotional distribution system, but today we are taking a step back to reflect on everything we have accomplished. Thanks you for joining us. 

Each and every Friday afternoon we like to pause our normal routine of interviews and advice columns to provide an update on everything in development here at Haulix HQ. We may run a music industry blog, but that is certainly not all we do. Music security is our top priority, and in recent weeks we have been working hard to develop cutting-edge technology that take our servicing platform to a whole new level. Let’s dive in.

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This article is the third in a four-part series on piracy. Click here to read the previous entries.

We love creating content for this blog, but the true mission of Haulix has always been to provide the most secure music hosting and distribution services available online. It’s no secret that piracy has crippled the music industry in many ways over the last decade, and we strive every day to do whatever we can to prevent future music leaks. You see, we may not be musicians ourselves, but recognize that the livelihood of everyone in the music business is dependent on the continued success and support of the artists we sign, promote, and otherwise get behind. If we do not do our part to help them support themselves however we are able then how can we expect anyone to help us when piracy eventually erodes entire segments of the industry?

Recently, it dawned on us that we did not have a strong grasp on what actually makes someone want to leak music. The assumption has been made in the past that these so-called ‘music pirates’ think the praise from anonymous commenters on message boards and forums is enough of a reward to convince them to hurt artists and those who fund them, but frankly we thought that felt a bit too simple to be entirely true. So we decided to do something we had never done before: Seek out a music pirate and convince them to share their story.

This afternoon we are thrilled to share the third in a four-part series that aims to take a closer look at music piracy as seen through the eyes of someone directly responsible for the leaks of several high-profile albums. It’s the story of one individual who managed to engrain themselves in the music industry professionally while simultaneously sharing unreleased records with the world, and it’s told entirely in their own words.

**As part of our agreement with the author of this series, a number of names and websites have been altered to protect identities and certain brand reputations. We have no intention to reveal the author’s name or location.**


When I began my first music-related blog. I had no real appreciation for music journalism or how that sort of thing worked. I just wrote about bands I liked and offered free downloads of their songs via filesharing websites like Mediafire and MegaUpload. It seemed innocent enough and as far I was concerned, I was doing these bands a favor. Free publicity! So that’s what I did. I downloaded songs, re-uploaded them, wrote blurbs, and shared them around.

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Hello and welcome to a very special edition of our Industry Spotlight series. We did not originally plan to run this feature today, but after completing the interview we felt we had to make an exception and run this material as soon as we possibly could. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

It takes a lot of drive and dedication to last more than a year or two in the music blogging arena, but the team at Kings Of A&R have been guiding the future of the music industry for over a decade at this point. Their site is read by industry professionals worldwide, and it has been the source of many big name talents finding the exposure that lead to their eventual record deal. The influence they have over music put them in the position every blogger on Earth wishes they could find themselves in one day, and in the interview below we learn how it all began.

Dean Cramer, much like recent blog guest Jason McMahon, started his professional journey in the medical field before coming to the world of music. He knew he wanted to make a living in music, but he did not know how one could accomplish such a feat until an employee at Interscope Records took him under their wing and mentored Dean on the basics of life in the industry. Dean began asking more and more questions as his curiosity continued to grow, and after a series of events detailed in the conversation below he launched the site that would set the curve for all discovery blogging that would follow.

If you would like to learn more about Dean and his efforts, please take a fe moments and bookmark Kings Of A&R. He can also be found on Twitter. 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: My name is Dean Cramer. I am the founder of the music industry artist website Kings of A&R

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Hello and welcome to the fifth installment of Eric Morgan’s How To Kill Your Band. This column offers advice to up and coming artists from the perspective of a professional musician who has thrived with and without label support over the last decade. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

An Introduction:

I’ve been in the music industry as an artist for nearly 10 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.

Part 5 - DIY Touring

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Hello, everyone. Welcome to the first Industry Spotlight of the week. The following feature has been in the works since mid-February, and has been the topic of several request emails since at least November 2013. We do our best to speak with everyone you hope to learn from as soon as their names come up, but scheduling is often a tricky proposition. If you would like to learn more about the efforts of this blog, or if you would like a tour of our servicing platform, please do not hesitate to contact james@haulix.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

It is rare that more than a month or two passes without another print publication going digital or shutting down entirely, but as we will today there are still people in the publishing industry who believe in the future of physical products.

Jason McMahon is not the first person you expect to meet when you meet the owner of Substream Magazine. He does not consider himself much of a journalist, and even though he went to college twice he never once majored in anything related to the publishing world. He actually had no idea what he wanted to be when he began his post high school journey, but fate first placed him in the medical field before eventually turning Jason’s focus to the world of music production.

Following a second stint in college, Jason took an internship in New York and left Ohio to pursue his music industry ambitions. One gig lead to another, and over the course of several years he found himself back in Ohio. This time, however, Jason had a partner in creative endeavors, and together the two launched Substream Magazine as a way to expand their horizons in the music business. Jason took on full ownership a few years after that, which is the position he holds to this day.

As someone who has spent the entirety of their career writing online, I am always a bit more excited than usual for interviews when the opportunity to speak to someone working in print comes along. The battle to maintain a physical presence in a world with an ever-increasing demand for digital access has claimed many great business, but Substream has survived and even thrived.

I spoke with Jason about his history in music, as well as the origin of Substream, but when our conversation really took off is when I approached the topic of the magazine’s plans for the future. While others are running from print, Substream is hoping to maintain their physical presence for as long as they are able. They see a value in the way people engage with their physical product that can not be duplicated when fingers dance across the glass surface of smartphones, and they are doing whatever it takes to nurture that value for the foreseeable future.

If you would like to learn more about Jason and his efforts with the Substream Magazine team, be sure to bookmark Substream’s official website and follow the company on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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