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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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Hello and welcome to the first interview of the week. We have talked a lot in recent weeks about the one year anniversary of our blog, and now that we’re in the early days of year two we are going to begin rolling out a few new features that we believe allow us to offer a more complete view of the current 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.

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If you have been following the blog for more than a few months you will no doubt recall a string of artist centric interviews we ran near the end of 2013. Those features were fun, but we ultimately walked away feeling like we could have done a better job of promoting the artists’ work while still finding ways to touch on topics like advice and piracy. After much deliberation we decided to shelve the feature until we felt we had a better grasp on what we wanted to gain from each interview. 

Today we are resurrecting our Artist Interview series with a little help from the metal outfit known as Tombs. Their new album has served as the in-house soundtrack to many long days over the last month at Haulix HQ, which lead to several conversations about the band’s lasting authority in the world of hard rock. Savage Gold will only be the group’s third album, but already they are one of the most beloved and furiously defended groups in the metal community. 

After reaching out to PR, we had the opportunity to speak with Tombs founder and bassist Mike Hill about the new record’s creation, his thoughts on the state of metal today, and what advice he would offer dreamers who believe they are destined for a career in music. You can read thoughts on all of this, as well as topics like piracy and the group’s plans for the future, below.

Savage Gold arrives in stores next Tuesday, June 10, via Relapse Records. You can access an advance stream of the album right now on Pitchfork. We understand metal is not a style everyone can enjoy, but if there is one heavy album you absolutely need to hear this month it is this one. Take a chance on something you may or may not be familiar with and give the full 57-minute experience an opportunity to entertain. You will not be disappointed.

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H: Hello! before we dive in, please introduce yourself:

M: Hi, I’m Mike Hill.

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Hello, everyone. Welcome to the second advice column of the week. We have received a number of requests to cover the topic at the center of today’s article, but to be perfectly honest we expect more to arrive the weeks ahead. Cryptocurrency is a hot topic right now, and there is not a doubt in our minds that it will be a big focus of independent musicians in the years 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.

It has taken less than a decade for Bitcoin to rise from a concept to a full blown niche cryptocurrency, and over the last year you have no doubt noticed its slow acceptance into the mainstream. Whether or not its popularity lasts, grows, or ultimately dissipates is anyone’s guess at this point, but while it is here there are little-to-no reasons for artists to avoid embracing the possibilities of an entirely digital currency. 

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Hello again,everyone. We thought we would celebrate the arrival of June with a surprise second post this afternoon, so below you will fine a column aimed at helping Haulix clients increase engagement with their promotional invitations. 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.

Haulix is the most preferred and trusted distribution service amongst music bloggers, but it can often be hard for even the best artists to make writers engage with their promo. As music writers ourselves, we understand that this is not always a result of bloggers not caring, but more often than not is due to a lack of time on the bloggers’ part to properly interact with every promotional invitation that comes their way. We cannot guarantee how many clicks any single promo will receive, but by following the tips below clients can increase the likelihood that bloggers will want to engage with their promos:

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