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 email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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
Surprise! We usually post only one time per day, but due to a recent burst of content creation opportunities we have found ourselves inundated with more interviews and columns than we know how to handle. We thought about stretching this material out and sticking to our normal posting schedule, but then decided getting it to you as soon as we were able was better for everyone involved. If you like this increase in content production, let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you prefer social media, tweet to @Haulix and let us know which columns you enjoy the most.
We have all heard the saying “everyone’s a critic,” but what if someone who chooses to write about music they enjoy does not see themselves that way? I must admit it’s a question that never crossed my mind before beginning the interview you’re about to read, but it certainly does make one think. Most of the people we have featured in this series have made it a point to distinguish themselves as a journalist or critic, but that is not the case with the Dan Howell, the man with whom we speaking this afternoon. He sees himself as simply a man who likes to share the music he loves with those willing to listen.
Yet Another Music Blog is the brilliant result of Dan Howell sharing his opinions on music with the world. Through interviews and editorials YAMB brings together the latest and greatest music from around the globe and presents it to curious music fans on a gorgeous designed site through fun, easy-to-read content that’s not afraid to dig for a good story. The best part of all may be Dan, as well as his partner Dan English, continue to write simply because they love discussing music. Their love for the art form they cover drives their efforts, and it shows in the final product.
We asked Dan about his work in music, and what we found was a man who puts his passion for the creative arts before any thoughts of business. He may not write about music full time, but he’s certainly doing his part to better the industry for everyone involved. If you would like to learn more about his efforts, please take the time to bookmark and frequent YAMB. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Hey there! Before we dive in, please take a moment and tell everyone your full name, job title, and the site we’re here to discuss:
D: Dan Howell, Search Director at Tell Jack and the site we’re here to discuss is www.yetanothermusicblog.com.
H: It’s great to have you with us. To begin, I would like to learn a little about your history with music. Has it always played a major role in your existence?
D: I’ve been a big fan of music since I can remember. My earliest memory was probably listening to a Madness LP on repeat for hours on my Mum’s record player.
Hello again, everyone. Welcome to the very first ‘Advice’ column of the week. We always knew this series would be best if written by artists currently working in the industry today, and that is exactly who we have recruited for the columns you will see going live in the weeks ahead. Artists from a wide variety of genres have begun stepping up to help others on the rise, and we are thrilled to help their advice reach those ready and willing to listen. If you have an idea for a future installment of this series, please email email@example.com and pitch your story. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
It’s rare for any band to rise through the ranks of underground stardom and find success on the national stage, but it’s a downright miracle when that happens to a group that involves at least two members who are romantically involved. There is no real science behind this, of course, but much like the trouble most associate with dating your coworkers in an office setting, it’s widely considered a rule of them that relationships between members of the same band could spell disaster for the group as a whole if things go romantically awry.
But what about the other half of the conversation? There has to be a positive outcome or two associated with couples working together in a creative setting, right?
Fine Fine Titans are an up and coming hard rock outfit from Grand Rapids, MI currently preparing for the release of their debut EP (Omega) on March 18. Two of the members, Jennifer and Evan Bartlett, are married. We recently asked the members of the group to weigh in with their thoughts about relationships within a group and how it does - or does not - impact the creative process. You can read their thoughts on the subject below.
Hello and welcome to the start of another exciting week on the official blog of Haulix. We have been preparing for March since the early days of 2014, and think you will be pretty impressed by the content we have in store. Our goals to inform and inspire the next generation of music industry professionals remains, but in the weeks ahead you will see content offering continue to expand. There is a lot more to understanding the music business than can be taught through advice and interview feature. Stick around and you’ll see what we mean. If you have an idea for this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the digital distribution services we offer at Haulix, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. If you prefer social media, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.
People create music blogs for many different reasons. Some want to be journalists, some want to get attention for their friends, some want a space to share the thoughts they think no one else wants to hear, and still others - usually terrible, moronic humans - start blogs to pirate music. They each have their unique reasons, but no matter how misguided their intentions may be they all share a desire to express their love of certain artists with anyone willing to listen.
Mark Garza started Funeral Sounds for a number a of reasons. First and foremost, he loved music and wanted to share that love with the world. Second, he was interested in discovering new music, which is extremely easy to do when running your own site. Third, and perhaps the most interesting reason of all, he wanted a launching pad for his own industry endeavors.
You see, Funeral Sounds is not your typical music blog. It’s also a record label.
We should clarify that statement and explain that Funeral Sounds is currently a blog and cassette label, but one day records may be involved as well. Cassettes are more affordable to press and create low risk investment situations for young entrepreneurs. Mark is only 15 himself, but his insight on what people want to hear is on par with many of his industry peers.
When I learned of Mark’s efforts I knew he needed to be featured on our blog. He may not have the years of experience or college level education possessed by many of our guests, but he has the drive and focus needed to succeed in this industry. He’s the perfect example of what the next industry of music industry professionals will look like and I, for one, could not be more excited to see what he does in the future.
If you would like to learn more about Mark’s efforts in music, make sure you take the time to follow Funeral Sounds on Twitter after reading the interview below. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: To begin, please tell everyone your full name, job title, and the site/company you’re here to discuss:
M: Mark Anthony Garza, Co-founder/Owner/CEO of Funeral Sounds, an online publication out of Houston, Texas.
Hello and welcome to the official blog of Haulix. One of the questions we are asked most often on this blog is whether or not we know of any job openings within the music industry. We try our best to inquire during interviews with our guests, but recently we decided to kick things up a notch and launch a column specifically dedicated to new opportunities around the music business. It’s called the Music Industry Job Board, and this is our fourth installment.
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 email@example.com with all the pertinent information. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
College Marketing Rep (Warner Music Group)
Job summary: Pop/Rock College Reps are paid part time employees who implement grassroots and online marketing campaigns. They work with area businesses, tastemakers, DJs & promoters, peer networks, on campus student body organizations and media to create avenues of exposure for key WMG pop/rock artists and projects. They offer an important “word from the street” perspective in their designated college campus communities and provide valuable consumer feedback and insight to our organization.
Hello again. We know it’s Saturday, so before diving in we just wanted to thank you for taking a little time out from your weekend to read up on the latest industry advice and insight. We are thrilled to be sharing the fourth chapter of our ongoing ‘Journalism Tips’ series this afternoon, and at the same time a bit sad as it is the final contribution (for now) from writer Adrian Garza. We have enjoyed have his work on the site in recent weeks and encourage all of you to follow his industry efforts moving forward.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. If you prefer social media, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.
I hate admitting this, but the truth is, as one who dedicates so much time towards an involvement with music, I mistakenly became pretty arrogant and jaded about my taste. But thankfully, I eventually caught and corrected myself before I stepped on one too many toes.
It’s scary how fast these sorts of things could happen to you if you don’t keep yourself in check. Even worse, it’s really easy to grow to get tired of some specific aspects of music, which can become a shame, because we all know that’s one of the reasons why we came into working with music: We love it.
This isn’t what I would claim as the answer to the problem. This is just my answer to the problem. Go and make your own choices.
Hello, everyone. Congratulations on making it to the end of another work week with your sanity and happiness (hopefully) still in tact. We like to use Friday afternoons as a time to decompress and reflect on the efforts made in recent days, which is why this recap was brought into existence. Thank you for joining us.
The purpose of this blog is to inform, entertain, and inspire both current and future generations of music industry professionals. We want to have a good time as much as anyone else, but before we do that there is a lot of hard work that needs to be done if we are going to move this industry forward. Our hope is that this blog can serve as starting point for the bigger conversations that need to take place throughout the music business, and we want to encourage everyone with an opinion they’d like to share to join us in our efforts. 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.
It is pretty hard to believe February has already come to an end. It seems like just last week we were celebrating the start of a new year, but in fact we are only twenty days away from the beginning of spring. Time flies.
Hello and welcome to the final Blogger Spotlight of the week. We started working on this particular features less than two weeks ago and are excited to see if go from idea to live on the site in such a short time. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about our efforts here at Haulix, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Not long ago I was scrolling through the latest pop music headlines when I noticed a story on MTV’s Buzzworthy blog about Lorde joining Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding at a party. It was the kind of headline many music news snobs might throw shade on, but I could not help clicking to see what New Zealand’s seemingly apathetic songstress could possibly be up to in a club with pop’s dance club queens. The answer, as you can probably guess, was having a good time, like all sixteen-year-old millionaire vocalists do.
What I took away from that post about Lorde and her public attempts at coming out of her shell had nothing to do with the article itself. No, what I learned that afternoon was that someone at MTV could kick my ass as a writer. Someone on their contributing team is so gifted with wordplay that they can take something as dull and self-explanatory as a few late night photos of celebrities and create a blog post worth reading.
I knew immediately that we need to feature the author of that post on this blog, but before I reached out to Byron Flitsch I spent time getting to know more about him and his work. He writes about pop culture, yes, but he and his abilities extend much further than whatever is hot at radio right now. Byron is a mountain mover. He faces whatever challenges life throws his ways and conquers them, then figures out ways to do more for everyone around him. He’s as funny as he is smart, and as kind as he is talented. We’re thrilled to have him on the blog, and will waste no more time to getting to our interview.
If you would like to know more about Byron and his efforts in writing, please be sure to stop by his personal website and follow him on Twitter. You also need to read MTV Buzzworthy. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: To get us started, please tell everyone your name, job title, and a few of the places your work can be found:
B: Byron Flitsch, Freelance Contributor at MTV Buzzworthy/Freelance Writer/ Teacher/Traveler/Story-teller/
H: Thank you again for taking the time to speak with us, Byron. We are big fans of your work. Tell me, has music always played a very influential role in your life?
B: Thanks for being a fan. Does that mean I can start an official fan nickname? You know, Rihanna has her “Army” and Beyoncé has her Bey Hive. I’m going to work on this… I’m thinking “Byron’s Boos” What do ya think?
Hello, everyone. Welcome to the first and only Blogger-Meets-Publicist spotlight you will see on this blog all week. It’s a rare treat that we have the opportunity to sit down with someone as engrained in the industry as the person at the center of today’s feature, and the insight she has to share is something you do not want to miss. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about our efforts here at Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
One of the beautiful things about building this blog has been the way our coverage of various people and sites has allowed us to network with an even larger community of writers critics, artists, and music fans than we ever imagined. By watching readers share and discuss our stories we have been able to work towards creating content more suited to your interests, and one thing you have made abundantly clear is this: You want to know more about people who balance multiple roles in this industry. We have spent the past several weeks seeking out the brightest minds who currently juggle roles with two or more companies, and in the weeks ahead we plan to profile many of them in our ‘Industry Spotlight’ series, starting this afternoon with the one and only Kim Kelly.
Over the last decade Kim Kelly has engrained herself so far into the world of hard rock and metal that she’s appeared in or on essentially every major music publication with influence in the world of rock. Pitchfork, Noisey, Terrorizer, The Atlantic, The Quietus - you name it and there is a good chance Kim has written for them. She is also the founder of Catharsis PR, which has aided some of the best and brightest young minds in music to gain additional exposure in recent years. In the interview below she tells us how it all came to be, and it’s a journey unlike any we have ever shared before.
I must admit before we dive in that this interview is a bit unique in that my initial research on Kim proved to have some errors. There is time and effort put in to learning the story of every one of our guests before our interviews commence, but sometimes information slips through the cracks. Fortunately for us, Kim was a good sport and didn’t rag on us too hard for our errors.
If you would like to learn more about Kim Kelly, we highly suggest you follow her everyday thoughts and observations via Twitter. You should also check out Catharsis PR. Any additional questions or comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Before we begin, would you please tell everyone your full name, job title, and a few publications where your work can be found:
K: My name is Kim Kelly. I’m the assistant editor of Iron Fist Magazine and a frequent contributor to Pitchfork as well as to numerous other publications (Noisey, Spin, NPR, Decibel, Kerrang, the Atlantic, the Quietus, the Wire, Fader, Metalsucks, Myspace, et cetera). In addition, I write the ‘Ravishing Grimness’ column in Terrorizer Magazine.
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the first of a few new ‘Advice’ column we have planned for the day ahead. This one in particular is quite special because it was contributed by one of the hottest up and coming alternative acts in the world, and the advice they have to offer could very well aide another developing act in reaching a new level of success. 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.
For the better part of the last three years, Stars In Stereo have been working their way up the underground rock ladder of success. From their from their first practice in the city of Los Angeles until now they have been focused on proving once and for all that rock and roll is not dead. In fact, it is very much alive, and anyone with doubts need only witness Stars In Stereo’s critically acclaimed live show for proof. This four piece is the real deal, and slowly the rock world has begun to give them the attention they deserve.
Recently, a publicist friend of ours brought Stars In Stereo’s latest release to our attention. After learning of their journey through the various levels of rock recognition it dawned on us that the band may be able to offer some insight into life as a touring artist that otherwise may never be shared. We made a request, and late last week the following submission arrived in our inbox: