Hello, everyone! Welcome to the world premiere of our latest advice for bands column, How To Kill Your Band. This series, which runs once or twice every month, features tips on avoiding artistic self-destruction written by people with years of experience making music professionally. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and if you pay close enough attention you might just learn something.
I’ve been in the music industry as an artist for nearly10 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.
Hello and welcome to the only Industry Spotlight we will run all week! We have been working on this feature since the middle of January and could not be more thrilled with the final results. If you have any interest in pursuing a career in digital media within the music business, consider the interview below a must read. 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.
We have featured a number of professionals in this series who have been lucky enough to work for the same company since college. These people have the type of career longevity we all hope to find in this crazy industry, but positions like theirs are admittedly few and far between. Most young people making their way through the ranks these days have several jobs, sometimes simultaneously, before settling into anything longterm. The person at the center of today’s feature, Shan Dan Horan, exemplifies this lifestyle perfectly, and fortunately for us he was willing to share his knowledge with our community.
Shan Dan Horan was always interested in the technical side of the business, but when he graduated college he had no intentions of pursuing a career in the music industry. He moved to Chicago and focused solely on postproduction work, which lead to him being part of major advertising campaigns for people like Barack Obama and companies like McDonalds. He was happy, and by all accounts quite successful. Along the way however, he realized his love for music and working in the industry was greater than he previously realized and over time he took steps towards re-entering the wild and crazy world known as the music business. He now works in media production for Century Media Records and freelances with several other labels. He’s living out his dreams, and below he tells us how it all came together.
If you would like to know more about Shan Dan Horan, take a few moments out of your day and follow him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For the record, please state your name, job title(s), and the companies you work for/with:
S: My name is Shan Dan Horan (Shannon Daniel Horan). I head up the media production department for Century Media Records and freelance for a ton of other labels doing everything from social networking to A&R.
Hello, everyone. Welcome to the second Blogger Spotlight of the month. We have been promising more interviews with people outside the US, and for the purposes of today’s story we’re headed north to learn about an influential mind who resides in Canada. 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.
It’s becoming harder and harder to imagine, but there was a time not that long ago when the internet did not exist. If you lived far from a major city the idea you could one day find yourself employed by a major entertainment outlet would have seemed like an impossible task, and unless you offered something out of this world good on your resume that idea was probably not too far from the truth. Networking and familiarizing yourself with people in the industry was just as important than, if not more so, than it is today, and before the internet those located in small towns and farming communities worldwide had an added degree of difficulty when it came to making a name for themselves.
Around the mid-90s however, everything began to change. The internet brought news, opinions, events, images, and everything in between from around the world to the comfort of any home fortunate enough to own a personal computer. This global connectivity broke down the barriers that previously prevented creative types outside cities from directly engaging with major players in business, and even if they did not like what you had to say there was still a place for it to be said. That time in our society was legitimately world-changing, and in the interview below you will learn how it propelled Adrien Begrand toward the career in music journalism he has today.
Over the last decade Adrien Begrand has written and overseen some of the finest articles on hard rock found anywhere in the world. From his days running the metal blog ‘Headbang’ for the now defunct MSN Entertainment, to his more recent contributions to publications like Decibel and Terrorizer, Adrien has continuously raised the bar for himself and his peers through his coverage of all things rock. Everyone at Haulix loves his work, and after learning about his passion for music through the conversation below we think you will too.
If you would like to learn more about Adrien’s adventures in the world of music, make sure to take the time to follow him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Let’s start at the very beginning. Please tell us your name, job title, and a few of the publications you have written for in the last year:
A: Sure, my name is Adrien Begrand, I’m a freelance music writer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In the past year I have been a contributing writer to Decibel magazine, Terrorizer magazine, and Iron Fist magazine, as well as running the metal blog ‘Headbang’ over at the late, sadly missed MSN Entertainment at MSN.com.
Hello and welcome to another week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. Part of our efforts to expand this blog includes an added focus on the tools available through Haulix to help improve the impact of your promotional invite on the increasingly distracted members of the press, and this afternoon we’re kicking off that coverage with a quick look at email. 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.
The Haulix email distribution system was designed to enable anyone to create and send well-designed promotional invitations in minutes. As soon as an album is uploaded to our system clients are only a few clicks away from sharing their media with anyone on their contact list, and even if they choose to send out a basic promo the results are both clean and professional.
As an example, please take a look at this promotional invitation sent earlier today with zero customization made to the original promotional messaging layout:
Welcome back, everyone. We have been teasing the expansion of the Haulix blog for several weeks and are finally prepared to let you know about everything we have in store over the next few months.
We promised you seven days of content beginning February 1 and that is a guarantee we intend to keep. The holiday break in December 2013 gave the entire team a chance to relax and reflect on everything that had run and been created for this blog during its first six months of life. We were proud of what had been accomplished, but universally felt we could do even more if we pushed ourselves, and knew that doing so would only further benefit our readers.
Hello and welcome to the dawn of a new age on the Haulix blog. This month we are expanding our efforts to include 7 days of coverage each and every week. To get started, we have a brand new Blogger Spotlight that sheds light on the world where passions for journalism and photography collide. 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.
We talk a lot about how the world of blogging can be the perfect gateway to a career in the music business for anyone interested in the world of journalism and promotion, but it also has a lot to offer those with an interest in photography. The site at the center of today’s feature exists because of someone’s love for music photography, and much of the success the creators have found since launch can be attributed to the quality of their work behind the camera.
Troy Browder is the head photographer and editor of From The Pit, a music webzine with a love for alternative rock that is matched by few in the blogging community. From an early age Troy knew music was his calling, but it was because of his interest in skating that camera work came into the picture. When he finally combined the two the results were electric, and in the years since Troy has watched his career quickly take off. He shares how it all came together in the interview below, which we believe could very well inspire the next great concert photographer.
If you would like to learn more about Troy’s efforts in the world of music, take a few moments and follow From The Pit on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For the record, please give us your name, job title, and the site you’re most often associated with:
T:Sure thing, I am Troy Browder, I am senior photographer, and editor of the music website fromthepit.net
Hello, everyone! If you’re reading this it means you survived the first month of the new year and are just hours away from greeting February. Things were a little slow when the year began, but the industry picked up very quickly once the everyone returned from their holiday break. We have been running around every day in hopes of making this the best year Haulix has ever had, and in the paragraphs below we’ll catch you up on everything you may have missed.
The question we have been receiving most often on Twitter, Facebook, and other areas of the social media realm is when our much discussed mobile platform will launch. While we still do not have an exact date in mind at this time, we can reveal that we are currently in what we hope will prove to be the final stages of testing. Once we know everything works as well as it possibly can we will push the service out to you as fast our we are able.
Hello and welcome to final Blogger Spotlight of the week. The interview you are about to read was written and conducted by music writer Jesse Richman at our request. 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.
You might not recognize the name James Shotwell at first glance, but if you’re here reading the Haulix blog (and I know you are, because you’re reading this right now! gotcha!), you’re actually intimately familiar with his work. Yes, James is the man behind the keyboard here at Haulix, turning the spotlight on industry professionals of every stripe with his interviews, offering advice on publicity, marketing and more to bands, and keying you in to the newest features of Haulix’s platform. Think about that for a moment — how is one man capable of writing about, or even qualified to write about, all of this stuff?
Well, as it turns out, this isn’t James Shotwell’s first rodeo. I’ve long known James as the founder of Under The Gun Review, one of the best sources on the Internet for insightful, smartly-written commentary on the latest in music, film, comedy and more. (He’s also the guy who put up with a full week of my snoring at last year’s SXSW, which means he’s either a living saint or a crazy person. I’ll let you be the judge of that). Still, as I discovered in this interview, there’s a lot more to James than even I knew. Instead of boring you any further, I’ll just let the man tell you about himself, in his own words, below.
If you would like to learn more about James, make sure you follow his thoughts and observations on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: I think we’re all pretty familiar with who you are and who you work for, but what is your official title here at Haulix, and what does it actually mean you do here?
J: Well my name is James and I am the marketing coordinator here at Haulix. I run organize and execute all social media campaigns, run the blog, research promotion opportunities, and generally do my best to make sure the Haulix brand is being represented well both online and off.
Hello and welcome to a very special edition of our ‘Advice’ feature. We know many of you have been following our series on professionalism, but this afternoon we want to take a brief break to help our readers who are currently preparing to travel to SXSW. 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.
SXSW is still seven weeks away, but if you are even considering the possibility of performing in or even visiting Austin during that glorious week in March the time for preparation is now. In fact, you should already be well on your way to being completely prepared to overtake Austin, but just in case you have been dragging your feet we created this post to help get you back on track. Read through, ask yourself the questions listed, and by the time you’re done you will be more ready than ever to tackle the chaos known as South By Southwest.
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the second week of our ongoing ‘Advice’ series on professionalism in the music business. We have been crafting this run of columns for a while and are very much looking forward to sharing the result of those efforts with all of you in the weeks ahead. 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.
Though we are all on our own unique journeys in this life, there is not a soul among us who finds their way into their dream career without first overcoming that little voice in their head that tells them they are not good enough or are otherwise undeserving of the achievements they seek. Steven Pressfield, author of The War On Art, describes this voice as ‘resistance,’ which by definition is anything that holds you back from doing what you are compelled to do. It’s a creativity assassin and it can take the form of many things, including procrastination, lack of motivation, insecurities, self doubt, fear, unhealthy relationships, addictions, and the like. Whatever prevents you from becoming the truest version of yourself and expressing that person to the world is your own form of resistance, and learning to overcome that force is the first step to becoming a professional in the music business.