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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.**

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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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Hello and welcome to another week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We have chosen to end the month of March with the introduction of a brand new column, and we think those of you with an eye for photography will be thrilled with the results. 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.

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Hello, readers of the Haulix! I’m going to assume that none of you know or acknowledge my existence, so let me introduce myself; My name is Nick Karp and I am a New York state Concert Photographer. Trust me, that title is not as lucrative as it sounds. I was asked by Haulix to write an introduction on how to get started in the world of Concert Photography, and that is what I am here to do. Over the course of the next several weeks I will be sharing with you all my knowledge and secrets about the world music photography, beginning today with a guide on how to obtain photo credentials for a concert.

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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:

Online Marketing & Publicity Manager (Wind-Up)

Job summary: The Online Marketing & Publicity Manager will develop and implement a social media strategy, as well as pitch and secure placements with music blogs, lifestyle sites & music discovery apps for new release audio and video content. This candidate will focus on blog outreach, contesting, social media engagement, social copywriting and content distribution to drive business by increasing traffic to the company’s digital properties & generating sales leads and online conversation & excitement. Candidate will also need to contribute a high volume of posts on a daily basis across multiple platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, instagram, YouTube, & Pinterest, while having a knowledge and understanding Soundcloud, WordPress, Tumblr and music / lifestyle discovery services.

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One of the most exciting things about starting a new column is seeing how you, our readers, engage with the content and help shape it moving forward. In the weeks since Journalism Tips launched we have been inundated with requests for columns on various aspects of the music writing world, and we plan to tackle each one over time. 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.

We talk a lot about music piracy and the way it impacts the lives of artists, but album leaks have a way of hurting writers as well. The Rolling Stones of the world may be able to rely on their hundreds of thousands of dedicated readers to support them day in and day out, but writers on the rise and sites just starting to develop their brand rely heavily on features and exclusive content to help bring attention to their efforts. When albums leak in advance of their intended release date the content writers have planned is likely to suffer a drop in appeal. Song premieres are usually the worst hit, but even reviews and interviews can see a dip depending on when the album leaks in relation to its street date and whether or not people seem to like it.

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Today is March 28, which means we have reached the last Friday of the month. It’s currently the early afternoon on the East Coast, and if you are anything like our friends in the industry then you have probably checked the time on you laptop and phone about a dozen times since lunch in hopes 4:55 would appear. Yes, the weekend is so close you can practically taste the overpriced alcohol and okay-but-could-have-been-better pub food awaiting on the other side of the office doors. Before we get there, however, we need to reflect.

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.

The biggest change at Haulix HQ this week came in the form of a brand new anti-spam policy, which we want to encourage all of clients to familiarize themselves with as soon as possible (you can find our policy here). All contacts on your mailing list need to be individuals you know or people who have opted to receive messaging from you in the past. If a customer sends out a large number of invitations where the majority of them bounce, their outbound email functionality will risk being suspended to prevent their reputation from getting harmed.

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