Hello, everyone! The week is coming to a close, which means it’s time once again to look at everything we’ve accomplished in the last five days.
The holiday season is fast-approaching, and while we cannot personally send everyone a gift we do plan to unveil a few new updates in the weeks ahead. We admit they’re not exactly gifts, but once you see everything we have planned we think it’ll put a smile on your face. We should be able to share more information on on all of this in next week’s update.
Looking to the blog, I personally think this was one of our best weeks in recent memory. Not only did we tell the story of two very fast-industry industry professionals, but our Advice series touched on areas of artist’s careers previously unmentioned on this site. You can find links to everything released this week below:
That basically wraps it up for our efforts this week. We promise to have more updates on product developments in next week’s update, so please be sure to check back! For now, have a great and safe weekend. If you have any questions, email email@example.com or reach out over Twitter.
Hello and welcome to another installment of the Haulix ‘Advice’ series. We have featured a lot of great content this week, and I think you’re really going to enjoy what we have in store for you today. If you have any suggestions for future installments of this column, or if you have a question you’d like us to tackle in the weeks ahead, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter.
We’ve all heard the expression that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to truly master any craft, and in this post we’re going to examine why writing 10,000 bad songs will have the same effect on your songwriting.
Hello, everyone! After spending the first part of the week learning about the people behind some of the web’s biggest music portals we’ve decided the next two days will focus on advice. If you have any suggestions for future installments of this column, or if you have a question you’d like us to tackle in the weeks ahead, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter.
There comes a point in the life of every band when they decide it’s time to take their art on the road. This usually leads to a string of local gigs, often in locations that are not technically ‘music venues,’ and it offers artists a front row seat to view how the world reacts to their creative offerings. If it’s a hit, that desire to share their music with live audiences will only grow, and in time you will begin to look at places outside of your zip code with hope that one day you can storm actual stages instead of just your friend’s basement. We’re not a booking company and we cannot guarantee you any gigs, but in today’s column we’re going to do our best to help you get started with booking shows out-of-state.
Hello, everyone! Today is a very special day for the Haulix blog as we’re fortunate enough to be sharing the story of one of the biggest and longest-running hard rock news outlets online. This site has been praised and criticized for a number of years, and this afternoon we’re going to learn about the man who makes it all happen. If you have any recommendations for future installments of our spotlight series, or if you have any questions about our products, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter.
I do not recall when I became a regular reader of music blogs, but if I had to guess the early years of the new millennium would be a great place to start. Sites were far simpler back then, and the amount of competition for exclusives was far less cutthroat than it is today. Those wanting punk news visited Punknews, those wanting emo/alt-rock visited Absolutepunk, and those wanting to learn about the heavier side of rock spent countless hours browsing the site at the center of today’s article.
Founded in 1999, Lambgoat has been the go-to destination for fans of hardcore, metal, and other forms of extreme music for well over a decade at this point. Their news feed is one of the fastest online, and rarely does more than a few days go by without some exclusive breaking as a result of their efforts. I knew when we launched this column that the mind behind Lambgoat, and the answer given by owner Alex Arnold certainly did not disappoint. You can read about his journey in music below.
As someone who spent years reading about music before ever deciding to write about it himself, I do not know that I would be who I am today without having discovered Lambgoat all those years ago. The sense of community shared by its users, not to mention the endless love shown towards independent artists has created an environment that makes discussing music fun once more. The competition to be the place where those conversations take place is fiercer than ever today, but I have no doubts Lambgoat will continue to reign atop the metal world for many years to come.
If you would like to stay on top of everything Alex has going on, make sure you bookmark and frequent Lambgoat. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For those unaware, please state your name, the site you work for, and your role at said site:
AA: My name is Alex Arnold, I work for Lambgoat. My role is pretty much everything: owner, writer, developer, designer, intern, etc.
Hello and welcome to another month of great music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. November 1 was the day of our company update, so today marks the official start of our new content offerings and we’re kicking things off with a Spotlight piece about a person whose passion for supporting new talent is second-to-none. If you have a site or journalist you would like to recommend for an upcoming spotlight, or if you have any questions regarding our blog content, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. You can reach also reach on Twitter.
The people I’ve found to be happiest in the music business are those who choose this career path for reasons other than financial gain. We’re all aware of the problems many labels and artists have faced as a result of piracy, and problems with properly monetizing digital efforts has lead to a turbulent startup marketplace for those working on the promotional side of things, but in the face of all that hundreds of aspiring professionals continue to dedicate countless hours each year to chasing income and stability in the entertainment industry. Most end up earning little more than memories and ticket stubs, but for some that’s what matters most, and if I had to guess about the person at the center of today’s spotlight I would bet she’d be perfectly happy to walk away just knowing she made a difference.
Sandra Chen is a pure music enthusiast through and through. She loves experiencing music, supporting it, and most importantly sharing it with anyone willing to give her a moment of their time. Her relationship with the business side of things started as an innocent interest in photography, but over time turned into a career that shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. She’s one of the founding members of Breakdown Music Press, and this afternoon we’re excited to share her journey up to this point with all of you.
If you would like to stay on top of everything Sandra is working on, please be sure to bookmark and frequent Breakdown Music Press. Additional questions or comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For those unaware, please state your name, the company you work for, and your role at said business:
SC: I’m Sandra Chen, and I’m the Editor-In-Chief and one of the co-founders of Breakdown Music Press.
Hello, everyone! Welcome to November. It’s friday once again, which means it’s time to reflect on everything that has taken place in the last week.
October was a funny month. We started out with all intentions of featuring a ton of metal blogs, but due to numerous scheduling conflicts and delayed responses it slowly transformed into a month heavily dominated by ‘Advice’ columns. We’re not complaining, and based on the feedback we’ve seen from it would appear most of you did not hate the change of pace. We’re hoping to do a better job of balancing ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Advice’ columns in November, as well as try out a few new ideas, but only time will tell what content rolls out in the weeks ahead. We sometimes offer clues on Twitter, so make sure you’re following our official account.
On the software side of things,
Hello, everyone. Happy Halloween! We don’t have candy or treats to hand out, but hopefully after today’s Advice column you’ll feel like you learned something (and maybe even had a bit of fun in the process). If you have a suggestions for a future installment of this column, or if you have a question you would like us to tackle, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.
Here are two facts about the music industry you cannot avoid:
If these seem obvious to you, good! You’re already ahead of the curve. For everyone else, let’s continue…
Seeing as today is a holiday I thought it might be fun to keep the lengthy paragraphs at bay in lieu of something a bit more lighthearted. We often speak with journalists about the problems they encounter when being approached by independent artists, and for the most part those conversations have resulted in Advice columns that are, or will soon be live on this site. Today we’re going to try something different. Here are three examples of what not to do when contacting journalists, followed by reasons this behavior should be avoided at all costs. The music industry may seem large, but it’s a very tight knit community where people discuss the interactions they’ve had with artists they’ve encountered. You do not want to be the focus of those conversations.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment at the end of this post.
Hello and welcome back to the Haulix Advice series. We have covered a lot of ground in recent weeks, and this afternoon we’re returning to the world of PR for a quick conversation on what should take place BEFORE bringing someone in to represent your art. If you have any questions, or if you have a suggestion for a future installment of this column, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com and share your thoughts.
Last week we wrote to you about the roles various people can play in the life of your band. We covered lawyers, managers, publicists, and beyond, but one thing we forgot to include is how to know when the time is right to bring these people into your career. Today we aim to fix that, or at least do a better job of supplying you with the information you need by offering a series of questions bands need to ask themselves before bringing on a publicist.
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that every single artist’s career is different, and just because something is right for one group does not mean it will work for you. The questions we’ve put together today are relatively vague, but it’s of the utmost importance your answers be as detailed as possible. Discuss the questions below with your bandmates, debate the pros and cons of each response, and together formulate a plan for yourselves before bringing anyone else into the mix. This will save time, patience, and most likely a little bit of money as well.
Now without further ado, here are 5 questions you need to ask before hiring a publicist:
Hello, everyone. Welcome to the first Advice column of the new week! We have at least two of these features planned for you, and I swear I’m being honest when I say they’re some of the best we’ve had to date. If you have a suggestion for a future advice column, or if you have a question you’d like us to address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.
It feels almost ironic to admit, but I put off writing this blog post as long as I possibly could. The idea came to me in September, and shortly after weighing whether or not I felt I could write at length on the topic I added it to the shortlist of topics to cover in the weeks ahead. Days went by, the list grew shorter, and instead of tackling the task I knew I had to accomplish I went out of my way to find friends with suggestions for additional columns to buy time. It seems foolish in hindsight, but at the time running from my need to create seemed far easier than actually sitting down to make something appear out of nothing more than the thoughts in my mind even though I knew it was something that needed to be done. This was my latest encounter with writer’s block, and today we’re going to work on overcoming this bit of mental resistance when it appears in your life.
Everyone who creates encounters writer’s block in their own unique way. Musicians find they cannot craft original melodies, painters have no visions to depict on canvas, and writers have no thoughts they feel are worth putting to paper. We’ve all been there and we’ll all be there again many, many times in the years ahead. There is no cure or escape, but with focus and dedication the walls built in your mind to stall the creative process can be knocked down in time. The following tips will help you get started:
Hello and welcome to a new week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We have a lot of great content planned in the days ahead, including the story which you’re about to read. If you know of a website or journalist you feel deserves to be highlighted, or if you have a recommendation for a future installment of our ‘Advice’ series, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com and share your thoughts.
There was a time not too long ago where those hoping to find a career in the music industry only needed to know a few well-positioned individuals in order to make that dream a reality. Networking is still a major factor in finding success these days, but there is certainly something to be said for having a good education as well. A growing number of universities have begun offering music industry themed studies in recent years, and today we’re going to learn how a student currently enrolled in one of these programs views the future of the business.
Tyler Hanan is yet another highlighted talent who hails from a land most would not associated with being on the forefront of the music business. Writing to us from his current home on the campus of Ferris State University, Tyler spoke with us about growing up with a love for music and transitioning that interest from a hobby to a career. He’s still finding his footing on the national level, but for someone with over a year of school left to go Tyler is well along the way towards become a staple in alternative music circles, and I have no doubt he’ll soon be tackling other areas as well. You can learn about his life with music, as well as where see the industry headed in the years to come, below.
We highlight a lot of talent on this blog, but Tyler Hanan is without question a name you will need to know in the years to come. If you want to stay up-to-date with everything he has going on, please be sure to check out his Twitter account after you read the following interview. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: State your name, job title(s), and publications you currently write for:
TH: I’m Tyler Hanan. I’m the Arts and Entertainment/Lifestyles section editor for the Ferris State Torch, head writer and editor for Nothing Sounds Better, and I’m a news and review writer for Under the Gun.