We love this blog. We really, really do. Every now and then, however, it also is a source of great frustration when people contact us believing all we do is spend our days writing about what it’s like to be in the music industry without actually doing much contributing to its progress ourselves. The truth is, the this blog is meant to serve as a marketing tool as much as it is intended to help the next generation of music industry professionals. Our real mission in life is to create the most advanced, secure, and easy-to-use digital servicing platform in the world, and this post exists to bring that mission to your attention.
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Hello and welcome to the first industry spotlight of the week. We are thrilled that you chose to spend a few minutes of your day with us, and hope you will tell your friends to do the same if you enjoy the content found below. Writing this blog brings us a lot of joy and great conversation, but our mission to be the most secure and easy-to-use digital digital distribution tools available on the planet remains. 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 email@example.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Say what you will about the life of top 40 radio and whether or not it will still exist the way it does today in a decade, but in my opinion NPR - otherwise known as National Public Radio - is eternal. It’s all a matter of public funding, I know, but it deserves to last forever. There is not a day of my life that goes by without at least a few minutes having been spent engaging with their brand, be it through radio or article on the web, and I always come away from that experience feeling like I have done something positive for myself and my world perspective.
When I engage with the music side of NPR, something different occurs within. I see the way the contributing staff writes about the artists and songs they feature, and I challenge myself to one day create content that is as engaging and thought-provoking as what they have presented. I learn as well, of course, but more importantly I recognize that there is still room for personal and professional development in my own life, and that motivates me to work harder with each passing day.
I always wanted to bring my admiration for NPR to this blog, but to be honest I was not sure it would ever happen. The demands of being a member of the NPR news team are numerous, and as a result it can be difficult to find individuals willing, or even able to carve out an hour to work share their story. I knew we hard to try regardless, and after months of back and forth we finally have something substantial to present to all of you.
Stephen Thompson is a writer and editor for NPR music. He also appears on a number of NPR programs, including Pop Culture Happy Hour and All Songs Considered. He has spent the better part of the last decade guiding the music efforts at NPR, and in that time has helped bring many new features and shows to life.
Thompson’s influence on and presence within the entertainment industry extends beyond NPR as well. He is also credited with aiding The Onion in creating The A.V. Club and copy-editing six best-selling comedy books, as well as editing the 2002 book, The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders.
I had the opportunity to ask Stephen Thompson about all of this and a whole lot more over the last month and am thrilled to present his responses to you in in the interview below. If you would like to learn more about Stephen and his efforts in writing, please take a few moments to follow him, as well as NPR music, on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For the record, please tell everyone your name, job title, and the company you work for.
ST: I’m Stephen Thompson, and I’m a writer and editor with NPR Music. I also talk on a handful of NPR shows — every week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, more or less every week on Here & Now, and usually once or twice a month on All Songs Considered.
Here at Haulix, we dedicate the majority of our daily lives to making sure the music stored and distributed through our state-of-the-art servicing platform is as secure as it can possibly be. From the moment clients upload music to our servers their files are watermarked, and from that point forward every individual accessing their content is given a unique identifier that allows us to trace the source of any future leaks (should they happen to occur). It’s our mission to keep your music away from the public until its intended release date, and we are always open to discussing that mission with anyone who may be unfamiliar with our efforts. If that applies to you, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for additional information. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
There is a hard truth to life as a musician that you might as well face now: Your music, be it a future single or the album that follows a few months later, will sooner or later fall victim to music piracy and be freely available to anyone with a working knowledge of Google. It has happened to countless artists from every corner of the planet millions of times before you came along and it will, unfortunately, continue to happen to artists who deserve better for the foreseeable future. We are doing our part to put an end to music piracy, but until it’s wiped from the internet for good artists and groups of all sizes need to be prepared for the worst.
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.
The first two months of this weekly roundup have taught us a lot, and we want to thank you for continuing to stop in every week to see what new openings have become available. We are continuing to develop this area of our blogging efforts and hope to further aide and guide aspiring professionals in the months ahead. You can help us better serve our community by sending any job openings you find or have to email@example.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.
Hello and welcome to the seventh installment in our ongoing Journalism Tips series. This specific column is a continuation of a post we debuted last Saturday (which can be found here), but reading that entry is not a pre-requisite to enjoying the words shared below. We are glad you stopped by and hope the following advice will help further your efforts towards building a lasting career in the music business. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. If you prefer social media, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.
The initial response to last week’s post was so overwhelming that contributing writer Joe Ballard actually spent the last few days refining the words and advice shared below to craft a suitable follow-up. His insight will not only make you a better writer, but it will also make you far less of a pain in your future editor’s side, which might get you further in life than your talents as a journalist when all is said and done.
Good afternoon, everyone! If you’re reading this the day it goes live, then please take a few moments to pat yourself on the back for reaching the end of yet another work week. If you’re reading this on any other day, go ahead and take the rest of the day off. We think you’ve earned it.
Every Friday we take a break from usually scheduled programming of informative and entertaining articles on life in the music industry to let you in on what we’re working on behind-the-scenes at Haulix. We love this blog, and it makes us so happy to know many of you visit frequently, but at the end of the day providing the most secure and easy-to-use digital distribution system in the world is still our focus. If you would like to learn more about our efforts to protect the future of the music business, click here.
This week was the first since the majority of the industry returned from SXSW, and to be perfectly honest it flew by in the blink of an eye. We had so many projects, phone calls, meetings, and related to-dos this week that we barely had the time to think about how many hours were left until the weekend arrived. Now it’s Friday and the only thing on our minds is whether or not we have done enough to warrant a little weekend fun. Funny how life works like that sometimes, am I right?
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.
Today we are sharing the first in a four-part series on the life of a real-life music pirate. Each entry will tell a chapter of one pirate’s life in music, beginning with their introduction to CD duplication and building to a role in what was once one of the internet’s fastest-growing music leak communities. It’s the story of one individual who managed to engrain themselves in the music industry professionally while simultaneously leaking highly-anticipated records to 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.**
Part 1: The Early Years
I suppose my foray into the world of piracy started like most, by digging through my parents’ entertainment cabinet, plundering their CDs and cassettes. I’d store these in my room and listen to them in secret. I doubt I would have gotten into much trouble if caught, but the idea of listening to something that wasn’t delivered to me by radio stations my parents chose excited me to the ends of my tiny little world.
Hello and welcome to the fourth installment of Eric Morgan’s How To Kill Your Band series. We run this column every other week and encourage anyone who enjoys the material found below to visit previous editions of HTKYB they may have missed. 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 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 4 - Don’t tour. Yet.
It’s funny how our experiences in life slowly steer us toward the careers we eventually seek. I’m sure most of you can remember a time in your youth when you sat in the back of your parents’ car on a summer day and sang along with whatever was playing on the radio. Metallica, Spin Doctors, Britney Spears, it did not matter who came on next as long as you could sing along (or at least pretend to), preferably at the top of your lungs. That’s an experience almost every child goes through, and it’s something most parents reflect on later as a ‘golden memory’ of their children. For some children, however, it’s something more. They do not know it at the time, of course, and neither do their parents, but for a select few those first car ride sing-a-longs are laying the foundation for a career in music that will likely impact thousands, if not millions over time.
Todd Kunsman remembers those car rides, and from a very young age he knew he wanted to be involved in the world of music. Unfortunately, due to college, work, internships, and the tasks of every day life in between he found making time to do so incredibly difficult. Anything worth doing is worth doing to the best of your abilities, after all, and realizing this Todd waited to begin his journey in the world of music criticism until he had finished school and found time in his demanding schedule for a new project. When that day came, he bought the domain OhSoFreshMusic, and in no time began developing a following passionate about new artist discovery.
Today, OhSoFreshMusic is a hub for people who want to know about the latest trends in music. Through timely news, engaging editorials, interviews, and an ever-expanding collection of unique features Todd has managed to carve a unique niche in the world of music discovery that stands apart from the rest of the blogging world in all the right ways. You can read any article on OhSoFreshMusic and feel the passion the creator of that content had for their subject. If that is not the sign of a truly great zine, I do not know what is.
We spoke with Todd earlier this month about everything he experienced while starting his site, and he was kind enough to offer an in-depth look at everything he went through to get where he is today. If you would like to learn more about Todd and his efforts in music criticism, please take a few moments to follow OhSoFreshMusic on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Before we begin, please tell everyone your full name, job title, and the site you’re here to discuss:
T: My name is Todd Kunsman and I am the founder, editor, and social media person for Oh So Fresh! Music blog.
Hello again, everyone. Welcome to the first industry spotlight feature of the week. We originally began working on this specific article in the first weeks of the year, but due to delays and scheduling troubles we were only able to complete it in the last week. We think the information received was well worth the wait and hope you will as well. 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.
Last week, the website I started a few months after beginning my career as a music critic turned six-years-old. It was the first ‘birthday’ I had spent away from SXSW, and instead of spending my hours strolling Sixth Street debating which pizza place(s) to indulge in I spent time reflecting on all the opportunities that had come my way as a result of taking those first steps to put my name out there. I thought of my first interviews and reviews, as well as the people who made them happen. Today, in a somwhat full circle moment, I have the honor of sharing the journey of one of those people with all of you.
For the better part of the last decade, Jerry Graham was known as the man behind Warm Fuzzy PR. It was his company from the very beginning, and during its existence Jerry was fortunate enough to work with some of the biggest names in modern hard rock. In 2011, however, he decided the time had come for a change and joined forces with The Syndicate as the director of publicity.
The rest, as they say, is music industry history.
I originally met Jerry during the first few months after the site mentioned above came into existence. No one knew my name or anything about my writing, but Jerry offered me the opportunity to work with several of his smaller projects. As time went on he aided me in contacting bigger names, and even helped me in setting up several interviews in the hard rock arena I will never forget.
The music industry is an insanely difficult place to make a name in, but thanks to people like Jerry driven young people are able to find opportunities to showcase their skills before entering the workforce. He’s an industry lifer who only wants the best for his team and everyone they’re connected with, which in this business is essentially anyone able to read this post. He’s kind, intelligent, and one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet.
You can learn about Jerry’s journey in music by reading the interview below. If you would like to know more, if you just want to keep up with everything related to Jerry’s latest publicity efforts, please take a few moments to follow The Syndicate on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Hey there, thanks for joining us. We ask everyone the same question to begin. Would you please share your full name, job title, and the name of the company where you presented work:
J: Sure, Jerry Graham, Director of Publicity at The Syndicate.