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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Hello and welcome to another week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We love to entertain, but being informative in a way that is easy to understand is always our primary goal. 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.
There are more music zines, blogs, forums, and fan sites now than ever before in the history of entertainment. If you have a unique audio creation to promote, there is most certainly a corner of the internet’s boundless landscape waiting to devour every second you lay to digital tape. You already know this, of course, which is why you’re so excited to send press kits, press releases, and every type of blanket promotional messaging you can think of to any writer whose email address has been foolishly made available to the general public. We don’t think that is the best way to get your name out there, but if you think it will work for you then by all means give it a go. After all, sometimes the best way to learn is through trial and error.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. We know many of you are at work this year, but know we too are knee-deep in the hustle and bustle of another Monday at the office. We told you on Friday that we were rolling out a new update over the weekend, and this afternoon we can finally fill you in on what’s new at Haulix HQ.
Starting today, every time a client sends new promotional invitations they will be able to
We receive requests every now and then from readers wondering whether or not we know of any job openings within the music industry. We try our best to inquire during features with our spotlight guests, but up to this point we have admittedly offered few to little leads. We’re trying making a change, and with your help we hope to soon offer one of the most well-rounded entertainment job boards available online.
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.
Good afternoon! Thank you for taking a few moments from your busy schedule to spend with on our blog. We are glad you stopped by and hope the content below will help further your efforts towards building a lasting career in the music business. We love to entertain, but being informative in a way that is easy to understand is always our primary goal. 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.
We have been running this column every Saturday for the better part of two months, but so far we have yet to any multi-part features. That all changes today, as MindEqualBlown editor Joe Ballard shares the first of his two-part series on common errors aspiring writing professionals need to avoid. We have yet to feature Joe in our Blogger Spotlight series, but we have worked with him for a number of years and know him to be one of the brightest minds in alternative music today.