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"A wild and crazy weekend involves sitting on the front porch, smoking a cigar, reading a book." - Robert M. Gates

You may not agree with Mr. Gates’ decision to smoke, but there is something beautiful about the quote above. The best moments in life are those where you can find yourself at peace through simple joys like porch swings and literature. Bars and wild nights spent roaming the city will always have a place in weekend fun, but the finest moments are those spent with the people who matter most, regardless of the activity.

Each and every Friday we like to take a brief break from our regularly scheduled programming to update and reflect on everything happening at Haulix HQ. We are far more than a music blog, as many of you already know, and posts like this give us an opportunity to share more our efforts with all of you.

The big item of the week is, as you can probably guess, the recent launch of our state-of-the-art Piracy Takedown system. For the first time ever, Haulix clients are now able to actively fight the distribution of their copyrighted materials online before and after its scheduled release date without having to make more than a few simple clicks. Once live, our system will crawl the internet in search of your illegally shared content and automatically issue DMCA Takedown Notices to the appropriate service providers. It will also track all recovered links and inform you when those links have been removed.

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Hello, everyone! I know we said yesterday was going to be the last advice column the week, but this could probably qualify as one as well. When you know you have to write about something, however, you just have to sit down and write. That is what happened with this post over the last twenty-four hours, and I think it’s safe to say there will be more discussion on this topic in the days and weeks to come. If you have any questions about the content of the blog, or if you would like more information regarding the distributional services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sometimes you know exactly what you want to say and when you want to say it. Other times, life comes along out of nowhere and slaps you in the face with an idea or thought you then immediately feel compared to share with others. It’s a momentary eruption of thought that can be influenced by anything, and that is especially true in the digital age. For me, such a moment struck last night as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, and I will admit up front I was initially looking at my phone in hopes someone would be sharing something I had written earlier in the day. The answer to my inquiry was a definite no, but before I put my phone down to throw a personal pity party for myself a tweet from Michigan punk favorites The Swellers caught my eye and I knew right away there was a topic we needed to discuss on the blog today.

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Hello and welcome to the final artist advice column of the week. We have been planning to run this article for a while, but with Warped Tour kicking off this weekend it seemed no time could or would be more perfect than this afternoon. Whether you have a full tour planned this summer or a single show, we believe the information below will improve the likelihood of fan retention while also increasing merch sales. If you have any questions about the content of the blog, or if you would like more information regarding the distributional services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

We are less than two weeks from the official start of summer, but thanks to the crazy weather of 2014 most of the United States has only recently begun to feel the heat of the impending season. The vast majority of our population has spent the better part of the last eight months indoors, keeping themselves company with the glow of their laptop or smartphone screen. If you’re in a band, you probably also spent this time mastering your online marketing skills. If so, bravo! This post is for you.

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Hello and welcome to our first Blogger spotlight of the month. It’s odd that we go more than a week without covering an up and coming writer, but June has been a month of new beginnings and we’ve simply been too busy to think twice about how long it had been since one our creative friends found their way to our front page. We thank you for your patience, those of you who have been waiting for this column’s return, and hope everyone who is here for the first time enjoys themselves enough to return. We started this blog to inspire and inform the next generation of music professionals about the realities of the modern industry. If you have any questions about the content of the blog, or if you would like more information regarding the distributional services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Antonio Vazquez is not a household name in the world of music journalism just yet, but if he continues to contribute to the world of writing the way he has during the short time he has been active in blogging that fact may soon change. He’s smart, well spoken, and constantly on the lookout for new ways to innovate the world of music writing. His efforts with The Daily Crescendo are what put him on our radar in the first place, and in the interview below he unveils his plans for the future.

I was admittedly unaware of Antonio’s existence prior to meeting him on Twitter, but in the time since his work has come on my radar I have become increasingly fascinated by his seemingly endless determination to push himself, as well as those around him, to find new ways to engage readers. His work ethic is second to none, especially considering how young he is, and I have little to no doubt that his future in this industry is incredibly bright. He’s the kind of guy who could open a pizza joint if he wanted to and people, myself included, would be there to support him all the way. Fortunately for us, and more importantly the industry as a whole, I think if he has his way he will never step foot outside the world of music.

You can learn more about Antonio’s work and his plans for the future by following him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

H: Thanks for joining us, Antonio. I’ve been looking forward to this interview.

A:  Hey James, I’m glad to be spending this time answering the questions you have for me.  I think this will be a good exposure of what I’ve been doing for years now.

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Hello, everyone! After weeks of promotion we are using this post to launch the latest tool in our ongoing efforts to defeat digital piracy. We have been working on this project for the better part of the year and believe it has the potential to make a significant impact on the liquidity of illegal music online. If you have any questions about the content of the blog, or if you would like more information regarding the distributional services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Today is a very exciting day for all of us at Haulix. For more than a month now we have been teasing a new tool to help in the fight against digital piracy, and this afternoon we are beyond thrilled to finally make that offering available to all Haulix clients. We call it ‘Piracy Takedown,’ and in the paragraphs below we will look at what it is, what it does, and how it will help keep your music safe.

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the beginning of a new work week that promises to be filled with thrilling content and insightful conversation. We have been looking forward to this particular week for several months, mostly because it coincides with the launch of our latest tool in the continuing fight against digital piracy. You can expect to learn more about that as the week carries on, but for now we are going to take a look at what it’s really like to be a professional photographer in the music industry.  If you have any questions about the content of the blog, or if you would like more information regarding the distributional services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Every week I find myself engaged in conversation with young people who are both excited and a tad bit nervous about the future of the music industry. In each of these conversations I try to find the time to ask what the person speaking with me sees at their ultimate career goal, and nine times out of ten the response I receive involves spending excessive amounts of time on the road. Sometimes they want to be a tour manager and other times it’s front of house sound, but without a doubt the response I receive most often is that people want to find a way to make a living taking photos on the road. Call it a tour photographer, or a group archivist, or simply a freelance music photographer, whatever the title you slap on it the desired work environment is the same: See the country through the windows on a van/bus and capture every moment along the way. 

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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.

Each Sunday we scour the internet for the latest and greatest job postings throughout the music industry. You can help us better serve our community by sending any job openings you find or have to james@haulix.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.

Job Openings:

Merchandise Manager (Red Bull Records)

Job summary: Red Bull Records is a full-service independent record label dedicated to long-term artist development, with a diverse roster across a variety of musical genres. We are seeking a candidate to oversee our global merchandise and web store operations, for both the recording artists and label. The position will be responsible for managing multiple campaigns and requires a motivated self-starter.

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Thank you for joining us for another installment in our our ongoing Journalism Tips series. We started this column as a way to help aspiring writers get their start in music, but over the couple months we have been evolving into a place writers come to have their questions about life in the business answered. Today we are continuing that effort with a response to a question posed by multiple readers in regard to how writers can better themselves professionally. If you have any questions about developing as a writer/blogger in music, please do not hesitate email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Over the past several months we have focused a lot of our efforts on ways to make life easier for journalists. From advice columns, to lists highlight how artists make writers feel crazy, we have done everything we could to help illuminate ways we can all simplify our efforts while simultaneously pushing our industry forward. Today we hope to continue those efforts in a whole new way by flipping the script and looking at the things writers do that drive the rest of the industry crazy.

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"The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” - Chuck Palahniuk

Hello and welcome to the very last blog post of the work week! If you are joining us on the afternoon this post goes live then you are no doubt glancing back and forth between this page and the clock in the upper right hand corner of your computer screen. That’s okay, some of us are probably doing it too. The weekend is right around the corner and you probably have plans. Are they awesome? I bet they are! Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below.

Each and every Friday we like to take a brief break from our regularly scheduled programming to update and reflect on everything happening at Haulix HQ. We are far more than a music blog, as many of you already know, and posts like this give us an opportunity to share more our efforts with all of you.

NEXT WEEK IS THE WEEK WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!

After more than a month of promotion we will finally be able to unveil our highly-anticipated and automated DMCA takedown service. This completely optional service will help clients by scrawling through the internet, recognizing leaks, tracking sources, and automatically issuing DMCA takedown notices for the remainder of the client’s membership with Haulix. We hope to push everything live on Monday, but it may take a few extra days to get things just the way we want them. Keep an eye on this page for additional updates.

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Hello and welcome to the final advice column of the week. We are nowhere near done sharing industry insight and tips, but as far as this week is concerned we are moving on to bigger things in the remaining days. For now, please enjoy this look at the world of podcasts and how independent artists can leverage them to gain additional exposure. If you have any questions about the content of the blog, or if you would like more information regarding the distributional services offered by Haulix, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

A decade ago you would have found it incredibly difficult to locate a quote/unquote ‘average person’ who knew of, let alone listened to, podcasts. These days, however, the opposite is true. As of June 2013 iTunes users had generated more than one billion podcast subscriptions, and that number has only continued to grow in the last year. From news and politics, to comedy and video games, there is at least one podcast for almost any topic you can think of, and more are being created every week. We even have one (due out soon)!

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