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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Hello and welcome to another week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We have had an incredible January thus far, but there is a part of us that believes the best content may still be on the horizon. If you like what you see and want to be involved in a future article on this site, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your story. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
In a world where there are literally dozens of new music blogs popping up every month it can be hard to choose a name for your digital publication that sticks out to readers in our increasingly-distracted world. Don De Leaumont overcame this hurdle by branding his efforts The Great Southern Brainfart, and in the interview below he shares with us the realization of a dream nearly three decades in the making.
Dreams are quite amazing when you think about it. They come to us when we’re least expecting it and drive us to do things we would otherwise never consider. They live in our souls, propelling us forward on life’s journey and helping us choose which paths to take next without ever providing us with any guarantee of success. We pursue them in spite of this because to not act would be to live a life unfulfilled, and that is a fate far worse than death.
Don De Leaumont has been pursuing his dreams of a life in music since he was very young. Inspired by the record collection of a close friend’s older brother, Don picked up a guitar in his youth and never looked back. As he grew older he realized he also had a passion for music discussion, and not long after The Great Southern Brainfart came into existence. It’s a place Don can share his thoughts on music and engage with others who seek discussion beyond daily headlines, and truth be told it’s one of our favorite heavy music blogs to frequent.
If you would like to learn more about Don and his adventures in the world of hard rock we highly recommend visiting The Great Southern Brainfart on a regular basis. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For the record, give us your name, job title, and the publication you’re here to discuss:
D: Sure, my name is Don de Leaumont and the site is called The Great Southern Brainfart.
Hello, everyone! If you are reading this you have overcome the recurring obstacle known as the work week and are currently counting down the hours until the weekend arrives. We are here to ease those final minutes with a look back at everything that has happened in recent days, as well as a brief glimpse at the future. Let’s dig in, shall we?
Kicking things off on the development end of things, we are happy to report our mobile platform is closer than ever to launch.
Hello and welcome to the final Advice column of the week. We have been overwhelmed by your response to this feature’s return and are very much looking forward to sharing what we have in store next. 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.
One of the hardest things to overcome as an artist in any medium is working outside of your comfort zone. The term comfort zone is just what it sounds like - the place where you are most comfortable - and as an artist remaining in that place can be a hazard to your career.
Hello everyone and welcome to the final Blogger Spotlight of the week. We told you we hoped to feature more freelance talent in the new year, and the person at the center of today’s post is without a doubt one of the best yet. 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 world of freelance can be a strange and difficult place. Your are your own boss, to an extent, and the responsibility of managing the various assignments thrown your way falls entirely on your shoulders. Who gets what, which style to write in, and when everything is due is entirely up to you. Some thrive in this environment because it allows them to create a schedule that works best with their creativity, while others struggle to stay afloat because no one is around to hold them accountable.
Luke O’Neil is one of the most driven and professional freelance writers we have come across in the seventh months since this series began. He has written for pretty much every publication worth bragging about, including The Village Voice and Alternative Press. We fell in love with his work through a recent feature he wrote on the supposed return of emo, which you can read an excerpt from below:
'It's been about 30 years since the advent of emo, and while the genre has experienced a variety of well-covered changes over the decades, one thing has remained constant: No one seems to ever agree on how to define it. In part that's because it casts such a wide net — Touché Amoré don't sound anything like Turnover, for example, who sound nothing like Dowsing or Captain We're Sinking or Lemuria and on and on, and yet most anyone would call them all emo bands. Unfortunately, talking about emo forces a sort of musical existential crisis: In order to champion it, you have to admit that it even exists in the first place.’
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We could not be more thrilled to feature Luke’s journey on our blog this afternoon. He’s the kind of professional this industry needs more of, and in the interview below he offers some insight on how you too can take your career in writing to the next level.
If you would like to learn more about Luke’s work, please make it a point to bookmark and frequent his website. You can also find him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For the record, please tell us your job title and a few publications that recently featured your work:
L: I’ma freelance journalist and blogger. I contribute regularly to the Boston Globe, Bullett magazine and MTV. This year I’ve had pieces in Esquire, Slate, The New Republic, Vice, the LA Times, Dazed, the Village Voice and a bunch of others.
This week on UMusicians, we are bringing you various interviews from people working in the music industry. Through these interviews we hope to bring you insight from those working in the field that you are interested in venturing into, or helping you just learn some new facts.
Today we are bringing out our interview with Matt Brown founder of music distribution site Haulix. Haulix has been a staple in the music industry, to publicist, journalists and record labels alike. Haulix’s notability to prevent leaks from occurring through it’s use, and the easy access to all materials in once place, it’s no wonder why everyone’s making the switch. Read our interview with Matt below!
For the record please state your name and your role at Haulix
My name is Matt Brown and I’m the Founder & CEO.
Welcome to the very first Haulix Advice column of 2014. We started outlining our coverage in this area back in December and could not be more excited to begin rolling out new content this afternoon. You can expect new Advice columns every week from now on, including a few ‘special edition’ guest columns in the not too distant future. We are always open to suggestions from readers, so please contact us if there is a topic or question you would like to see addressed on this blog. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The dictionary will tell you an amateur is someone ‘who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession.’ The origin of the term amateur stems from the Latin word amare, which means ‘to love.’ Amateurs are people who pursue things they love as a pastime rather than a profession. Being a professional, on the other hand, means pursuing the things you love as a profession.