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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.

Introduction

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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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.

You can help us build this list! If you have an opening you would like to see added to a future job board post, please email james@haulix.com with all the pertinent information. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Community Manager, Social Media (Live Nation)

Job summary: Do you think in #hashtags? The Community Manager will be responsible for the social monitoring, listening, and moderation activities for Live Nation North America social communities on multiple platforms. Working closely with social team, content manager, customer service, vendors, and other stakeholders, the Manager will lead daily community moderation efforts and detailed reporting on the LN fan base. We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about building lasting relationships with social fans/followers, and is able to utilize listening tools & new technology to take our interaction with the Live Nation social audience to the next level. 

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Hello again, everyone. We know the weekend is always too short, so we appreciate you taking a few moments from your schedule to spend with us. If you’re reading this on a day that isn’t part of the weekend, just go ahead and disregard the previous sentence. We’re happy you’re here as well. 

This week marks the one-month anniversary of our recently launched Journalism Tips series. It also marks the debut appearance from contributing writer Andy Maroon, who was kind enough to create the article you’re about to enjoy. We are always looking for new ways to expand and further refine our efforts here at Haulix. 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.

You want to break into the music journalism scene? Great! Haulix has a few simple tips to help you get started. I’ll pass over the ones everyone already knows: Read a lot, write a lot, and so forth. Great. But what else? Hopefully these few bits of advice help you focus your efforts.

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Hello, everyone. If you are reading this then you need to take a few moment in the near future and pat yourself on the back. It is Friday, after all, and that means you have successfully made it through another work week. Whether you’re grinding away at your dreams, or doing something to make ends meet until the world catches up to your vision, we applaud you for sticking it out. Life is for the living, as they say, and no one ever realized their wildest dreams while sitting idle at home.

Today, just like every Friday for the past seven months, we are taking a break from the usual routine of informative music industry posts to update you on everything going on at Haulix HQ. We are more than a blog after all, and each day we are working hard to better distribute and protect our clients’s media, as well as the artists they represent. If you would like to learn more about the digital distribution services offered by Haulix, click here for a brief tour of our company website. If you would like to learn more, please email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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We hit the ground running this week at HQ, and to be honest it’s a little hard to believe we are already staring down the final hours of Friday. No major updates were rolled out this week, but we have begun take steps towards our next big improvement. As always, details as to what that improvement might be must remain slim for the time being, but I would not be surprised if we had an update for you before the beginning of April.

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Hello and welcome to the final ‘Advice’ column of the week. We have been extremely fortunate to have received several article contributions from bands over the last month, and today we are continuing to share the advice sent our way with all of you thanks to a guest blog from Daniel Lancaster of rising pop rock outfit Stages & Stereos. 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.

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Up to this point, the majority of talent we have asked about contributing ‘Advice’ pieces have given us lists and focused editorials about specific aspects of quote/unquote ‘making it.’ These pieces have been great, and a lot of the content included in them has offered insight we could never have written ourselves, but that does not mean that the only way to be informative is through educational writing. Sometimes, all you need to do in order help someone else is share something about yourself.

When we asked Daniel Lancaster of Stages & Stereos for his advice for other artists on the rise, he decided to switch things up a bit and share with readers a story much more personal than anything we have posted through this column in the past. He’s chosen to look at his own career for this article, and in doing has shed light on what it really takes to build a brand in the current music industry. You can read about how he and his fellow bandmates learned to persevere the highs and lows of life in this music industry below.

If you would like to learn more about Daniel Lancaster and everything going on in the Stages & Stereos camp, we highly recommend taking a few moments to follow the group on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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Hello again. We may only be five days into March, but we have a good feeling this month is going to be something special. Our features thus far have been fairly exciting, and this afternoon we are rolling out the third - and perhaps best- 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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An Introduction:

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.

#3 - Road Burn

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