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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 james@haulix.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.

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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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. If you prefer social media, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 james@haulix.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.

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Hello once again. If you’re reading this on the day it goes live then you have survived another week at the office and are likely counting the minutes until 5PM. We appreciate you taking the time to spend a few minutes with us before diving into the weekend, and we certainly hope what follows helps pass the time.

Every Friday afternoon we take a break from our usual content schedule and look at what has taken place in days prior. We reflect on the advancements of the dev team and the coverage featured here, but also look to the future and what changes may lie on the horizon. It’s impossible to know where you’re going if you do not consider everything learned from what you have experienced up to this point, and this post is our way of letting you in on our never-ending creative process. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook

This week at Haulix HQ we set our sights on further refining our email services. There is one major update rolling out over the weekend, but just in case we hit a hiccup along the way I am going to keep details scarce until Monday. That said, you may want to double check that you’re following us on Twitter just in case we decide to let the cat out of the bag a bit sooner (it wouldn’t be the first time).

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Welcome, everyone. This is the final Blogger Spotlight of the week. We have spoken to people running major publications in recent days, as well as Billboard featured bands on the cusp of stardom, but we will always enjoy talking to writers in currently doing whatever they can to make a career for themselves most of all. That is a very basic summary of the person featured below, and as you will soon learn they have a lot to offer others in the struggle. f 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

For the past several years Kriston McConnell has been one of the leading voices on Under The Gun Review. She currently resides in Seattle and, like many who are attempting to have a career in music criticism, spends her days working jobs outside of the music business in order to make ends meet. When those tasks are complete, however, she opens her laptop and types until she can barely keep her eyes open. The next day, she wakes up and does it all over again. 

Kriston may not have a full time time job in the music business just yet, but she already has the qualities that make up a great industry professional. She’s dedicated, driven, hardworking, and able to balance many unrelated tasks at the same time. She recognizes the work that needs to be put in if she ever wants to get ahead and finds the strength within herself to get it done. She is determined to succeed, and knows that doing so means helping others reach for their dreams as well. In the interview below, she offers advice on her others can do the same. 

If you would like to learn more about Kriston’s endeavors in the world of music, please take a few moments to follow her on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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H: Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Please let everyone know your your full name, job title, and the site where your work can be found:

K: My name’s Kriston McConnell, and I’m a News Editor at Under The Gun Review.

H: Thank you again for joining us, Kriston. It’s an honor to feature your story. Tell me, has music always played a major role in your life?

K: Easily. For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a musician. I sang along to every song I could, and I remember writing my own songs when I was 11. There’s always a tune in my head, whether it’s my own or someone else’s.

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Hello and welcome to the second ‘Advice’ column of the week. This one is a bit different than others that have come before, as it is a guest post covering a wide array of industry topics. We never know what our guest contributors will deliver, but we are always impressed by the results, and this entry is no exception. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. If you prefer social media, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

A couple weeks back, I was watching our news ticker here at Haulix HQ when I say an exclusive on Billboard from an up and coming pop rock band I did not know existed. The photo accompanying the article showed three young and, admittedly, my mind instantly jumped to comparisons with the recent resurgence of boy bands. Then I heard their music and realized that was not the case in the slightest. No, these young men were (and are) onto something real. Something people can dance to, yes, but also connect with again and again.

The name of the group from that article is King The Kid, and they are currently watching their career ascend like a rocket through the various levels of underground stardom. They are indeed young, but that in no way means that have not learned the proper way to navigate the often tumultuous terrain of the music industry, and in the paragraphs below they share their recipe for success. From getting started, to touring, infrastructure, and goals, this may be the most wide-reaching guest article we have ever hosted and the information contained is absolutely indispensable. 

If you would like to stay up to date with everything King The Kid have going on, make sure you follow the band on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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On the surface, King The Kid, our band, is a group of three best friends that not only write and record music but also travel the country playing for our rapidly growing fanbase. But behind the scenes, King The Kid, LLC. is a well-oiled machine/ independent band that tries to effectively leverage our skills to maximize growth and potential opportunities. At all times, we are focused on both the Art and the Business of what we are trying to accomplish.

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Hello, everyone. Welcome to the very first industry spotlight of the week. We have received a number of requests to feature more stories about the people working behind-the-scenes in the journalism world, and we think the feature below will appease many hoping to learn about those unique individuals. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

I am going to be completely honest with you right now and confess that I do not actually read many print publications these days. Music journalism is very important to me, as are the careers of my friends who are employed by magazines nationwide, but for whatever reason I have almost entirely transitioned my reading of music writing to the digital realm. I do make two exceptions however, and in the last month we have been able to speak to people from both of those outlets. The first was Cassie Whitt of Alternative Press and the second, which you will read below, is Andrew Bonazelli, managing editor of Decibel Magazine.

We could go back and forth about what makes any one piece of music journalism great, but in my opinion you know something is special when you find yourself unable to turn past, click off, or otherwise put down whatever it is you’re reading. I have never been the biggest fan of extreme music, but whenever I see a copy of Decibel I know I am in for an entertaining and informative experience. The entire publication, from the editors, to writers and photographers, truly love music, and that passion for the subject at the center of their work shows in the content they deliver each and every month.

You may not have known this prior to logging on today, but Decibel Magazine is the only monthly extreme music publication in America. In an age where print publications are going under left and right, Decibel has remained. I asked Editor Andrew Bonazelli to shed some light on life at the magazine, as well as his personal journey in music, and fortunately for us he was willing to share.

If you would like to learn more about Andrew’s work, we highly suggest taking the time to follow Decibel on Twitter and bookmark their official site. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

H: Hey there, thank you for joining us. To begin, please tell everyone your full name, job title, and current place of employment:

A: Andrew Bonazelli, managing editor for Decibel magazine, which is published by Red Flag Media in Philadelphia.

H: It’s great to have you with us. I’d like to begin this conversation by getting a sense for your history with music. Can you pinpoint any key moments or experiences that steered you toward the career in music journalism that you have today?

A: Like many other impressionable pubescent dingbats circa 1992, I fell in love with Nevermind, and before I knew it, I was writing horrifically bad, completely unqualified rock reviews for my high school newspaper (The Spaghetti Incident?: total masterpiece). Probably the exact second I realized this line of work could get me albums in advance and concert tickets for free, I decided to ride it out as long as humanly possible. I like to think the fact that it’s lasted nearly 20 years—and I can still barely execute an arpeggio on my $150 Epiphone—is more an indictment of the system than me.

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Hello and welcome to brand new week of music industry insight and advice on the official blog of Haulix. We have been having a lot of fun creating new content as of late, and believe wholeheartedly the articles rolling out in the days ahead are some of our best to date. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. If you prefer social media, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you ever hope to be active in the music industry, I would hope you knew before logging onto the blog today that the 2014 SXSW music festival is currently taking place in Austin, Texas. It is one of the largest music events of the year, bringing together artists and industry professionals from around the globe. We would be flattered to learn someone in Austin loved our content so much they decided to pass on an event and enjoy this entry, but we’re not egotistical enough to believe such occurrences all that likely. No, if you’re reading this then you’re like us, and that means you’re either on the road or sitting at home watching a small portion of the people you know clog social media with tales of Sixth Street madness. If that is true, then rejoice! This post is for you.

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