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Hello and welcome to the final Industry Spotlight of the week. We have featured a number of big time industry players this year so far, but I strongly believe this particular interview to be amongst the best we have ever done. The person at the center, which I will introduce in a moment, has been working in this industry longer than 95% of our audience has been alive. He’s also willing to share his knowledge, which is what makes him an ideal candidate for this column.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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There are times when I sit down to write these introductions and I wonder whether or not I will be able to fill the space needed to properly setup the feature that will follow. It’s not that any guest is bad or lacks an interesting background, but as we tend to deal with younger professionals there is often very little to tell about a person’s life that is not also covered in the accompanying interview. Today, however, I face the opposite problem.

Steve ‘Renman’ Rennie has lead a career that even he describes as being akin to a fairy tale. With over 35 years of experience, he’s worked at one of the world’s biggest labels and learned from the best minds the business as ever known. He’s booked shows, signed artists, promoted releases, and even spent the better part of two decades managing Incubus. He’s the kind of guy that has a billion stories to tell, and in recent months he’s begun doing just that through his own web series.

Renman Music & Business is a site started by Steve Rennie with the hopes of sharing his knowledge and experiences from the world of music with aspiring professionals. Through video, audio, and text based posts Steve informs his audience about the real music industry. There is no sugar-coating or hand holding to be found. He tells it like it is, and does not hold back in the slightest, which in our opinion is the only true way to learn about this business.

Recently, Steve and I had the opportunity to speak over the phone about his career in music, as well as the events that lead to him launch Renman Music & Business. We spoke for nearly and hour and I walked away feeling like I had been through music industry boot camp. You can read what he had to say, below.

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SR: Where are you based out of?

H: I’m based out of Boston, but the home of Haulix is located in the midwest. 

SR: I’ve looked at your product, and I was hoping you can tell me a little bit more about it. At first sight, it looks like more of label thing. Do you have a lot of independent artists using your product?

H: At first, we were focused on labels. Over the last few years we have made a big effort to focus on indie artists, and there are a surprising amount of performers who have taken it upon themselves to discover our offerings. They tend to not stick around as long our label clients, but I think the customization we provide, as well as our watermarking technology, really appeals to those wanting to stand out.

SR: Okay, great.

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Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for taking a some time out of your day to spend with us. We try our hardest not to take too much time away from our educational efforts for self-promotion, but when considering the updates and developments that have taken place in recent months we thought it might be a good time to remind the world why we’re so good at what we do.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

The music industry has changed a lot over the last fifteen years, and that evolution has largely been guided by technology. When Napster went live, everything we knew about the business and how it functioned up to that point was no longer relevant. A new age had dawned, and it was on those in power to react - fast. We could go on and on about things that should or should not have happened at that point in time, but the hard truth is that almost fifteen years later we are still trying to find solutions for the problems that plagued us just after Y2K fears began to subside. There is no end to digital piracy in sight, but we wholeheartedly believe that through Haulix record labels and independent artists alike have a fighting chance against music pirates. Here’s why:

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Why, hello there. We are beyond thrilled to learn you have chosen to spend a few minutes of your day with us. Today’s post is a guest blog from the one and only Emily Katter, an up and coming songwriters with talent needed to be the next big thing.  The subject is songwriting, and we hope those of you currently learning how to write hooks join the conversation.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Songwriting is so much more than just creating a song. It’s an outlet (for the writer, performer AND the listener), it’s therapy, a de-stressor, it’s a tool to help make sense of a situation or something going on emotionally or physically, it’s a release.

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the beginning of a new week here on the official blog of Haulix. We are thrilled to know you have chosen to spend a few minutes of your time with us. The content you are about to read has been in the works for well over a week, and we promise it will not disappoint.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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We try our absolute best to scour the internet on a regular basis in search of the latest and greatest blogs producing eye-catching content. More often than not these efforts help us discover the writers who later appear on this blog, but every now and then a person comes along who takes it upon themselves to bring their efforts to our attention. This past week that person was named Lav Nandlall, and today we are excited to share her journey in music with you.

I’ll admit to never having heard of Lav Nandlall before receiving her interview request to speak with Haulix founder, Matt Brown, at the end of July. I was immediately taken by the name of her blog, Heavy Metal Duchess, and knew right away we would have to highlight her work on our site when time allowed. Lav completed her interview with Matt a little over a week ago, and not long after she also made time to interview me (James). Once that was complete, we turned the tables and asked Lav to share her experiences with us. The results of that conversation can be found below.

Lav still has a lot to learn about life in the music industry, but she’s doing everything she possibly can to position herself for success in this business over the long term. Read her motivations and plans below, then ask yourself what you can do to improve your own standing in today’s music business. If you have any questions or thoughts you wish to add, please leave them in the comments section at the end of this post.

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H: Hello! Before we begin, please take a moment and introduce yourself to our readers:

LN: Hi! My name is Lav Nandlall and I’m a freelance writer.

H: Thanks for joining us, Lav. I’ve never had the opportunity to interview someone who has previously interviewed me. It’s a little weird. Is this a first time crossover for you as well?

LN: This is a bit weird. Just like you, I’m the one who asks the questions. To be on the other side of the canon is strange.

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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.

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Job Openings:

Executive Assistant (Marcus Linial Presents)

Job summary: Marcus Linial Presents is an entertainment company that executes music bookings, band management, and more. This multi-talented company includes Fun Music Presents and Fun Music Artists. Marcus Linial is also the former owner of the iconic live music venue Canal Room. His recent start up Fun Music Presents produces two weekly shows Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl and Saved By the 90’s with The Bayside Tigers at Le Poisson Rouge. Our office is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn conveniently off the F and A/C lines.

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the weekend. Unless you’re reading this during the week, of course, then I guess the proper way to open would be to welcome you to wherever you are at this exact point in time. That sounds a bit to INXS for me, so I’m sticking with the weekend.

You may recall that Saturdays are usually reserved for our Journalism Tips series, but this week we received a guest blog we felt was too good to sit on for another week. This is an Advice column for bands, but there is plenty aspiring industry professionals can learn as well. This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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On last year’s Black Friday, I was laying on my living room floor with my dog and contemplating whether or not I should quit my job or walk 12 miles to work at the mall that day. I, unfortunately, chose the latter, worked retail for 10 hours, then walked another 12 miles home. The absolute only reason I bring that up (and the only reason it’s relevant) is because as I was dragging my body down my street and back to my house, our drummer Jake called me and point being, at the end of that long horrible day, we decided we were going to sign with Tragic Hero Records and they were going to re-release our album.

That was my best attempt at an “introduction”, so now that you know the “what”, here’s the “why”. We originally self released our EP, “Cold Bones” in October and despite how hard we worked to do that and how proud we were of ourselves, we weren’t 100% happy with it. One of the main reasons was that myself and Evan (our other singer) both had the flu while we were recording. So basically, the first EP didn’t actually represent the way our band sounded (at least vocally). On top of that, we had left 2 songs off the original release (to save them for a future split/small release), and wound up regretting that decision and not wanting them on any release other than “Cold Bones”. We felt like had we put those songs on any future releases, it wouldn’t be genuine in terms of representing the progression of our band and might’ve even led to those songs quickly becoming stale to us. The strangest thing about the timing of the opportunity was that we had formed these opinions long before the idea of signing to Tragic Hero or re-releasing the album had ever come up. We essentially had just come to conclusion that our first album wasn’t everything we wanted it to be, and we were gonna “get em next time”, so we really couldn’t have gotten any luckier. But I also don’t want to make it sound like this was a decision that took a single phone call to make. Even when Tommy from Tragic Hero initially contacted us, our response was, “fuck you”. For whatever reason, he wasn’t very bothered by that, continued to talk to us and offer help, and that eventually led to a very long series of conversations on the phone.

Through those conversations, Tommy made it clear to us that he liked our band for what we are and that one of the main reasons he took interest in us was a couple of different YouTube videos he’d watched of our shows and how kids reacted to our songs live. In other words, he made it clear that he noticed us for the only things we’ve ever wanted to be noticed for. Our music and how it affects people. So, as far as any advice I could give to to anyone that might find themselves in a position to make the kind of decision we did, all I have to say is do what’s right for you. And I don’t mean that vaguely, loosely, or emotionlessly. Truly do what’s right for you based off of:

A - Why the opportunity even came up in the first place (take a step back and see if it’s “for the right reasons”)

B - How it affects your “purpose” and career in the long run (basically, don’t sell your soul or fuck yourself contractually/financially), and more than anything

C - Honestly think about if you even want to fucking do it in the first place. Because despite how obviously awesome our opportunity seemed, had we not already wanted “another shot” at our album and had it been for reasons other than what I mentioned above, we absolutely wouldn’t have done it.

Work hard. Get hard. Stay hard. Bye.

This post was written and submitted by Dominick Fox, vocalist and guitarist for the band Bad Luck. If you like what you read, please make it a point to support Fox and his musical efforts whenever time and finances allow.

"I have never in my life found myself in a situation where I’ve stopped work and said, ‘Thank God it’s Friday.’ But weekends are special even if your schedule is all over the place. Something tells you the weekend has arrived and you can indulge yourself a bit." - Helen Mirren

I don’t know about your way of living, but I never question the words of a woman who once portrayed The Queen. Friday is here, and that means it’s time to let go of the week’s frustrations and embrace the freedom the weekend represents.

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.

Starting with the development side of things, we are currently taking steps to add a sixth media server to our platform. Our growth in 2014 has been overwhelming in the best possible way, so we’ve dedicated the last several weeks to refining our platform and planning for additional growth in the future. We’re ready for whatever the world brings our way, and in the months to come that will likely include a few additional development updates that I’ve been told I’m not allowed to share with the public just yet. Trust me, it’s coming. 

On the blog side of the company, the past several days have been littered with brainstorming sessions for future advice columns and over a dozen interviews. We know the past few weeks have been heavy with editorials, but in the months to come there will be a very large resurgence of Spotlight columns. We’re also bringing back our podcast, only this time with the kind of studio-quality audio you expect from such broadcasts. 

I know how busy the week was for us, so I can only imagine the type of work all of you had to complete before reaching this point. In case you missed any content we ran in recent days, use the links below to catch up:

How To Promote Online Voting Contests Without Annoying Your Fans

Creating A Band Bio That Everyone Will Appreciate

Success And Understanding Your Fans. Get Out Of Your Head and Into Theirs!

Sh*t Happens: A Lesson On What To Do When The Unexpected Occurs

Music Industry Job Board (8/3/2014)

That’s all we have for this week. Make sure you stop in tomorrow for a very special guest editorial, then again on Sunday to see the latest job openings.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Hello and welcome to the final regular content day of the work week. We received such an overwhelmingly positive response from last week’s guest posts that we decided to welcome our friend from Checkered Owl back once more to share a recent piece of content he created.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Over the past month I have been watching Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk take part in the CBC Searchlight contest, it has had several rounds of online voting which they have cleared through and are now in the final 4! They have done an incredible job of engaging their fan base to get this far and I thought getting a few insights from them could be a great lesson for all of us!

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Hello and welcome to the middle of the work week! It’s kind of crazy to think about how fast time seems to be flying this month, but regardless we are thrilled to learn that you’ve chosen to spend a few of your minutes with us. The column you are about to enjoy was crafted based on the input of multiple journalists and record label professionals, but that does not mean there is no room for expansion. If you know something we missed, or if you feel there is a better way for bands to sell themselves, please comment at the end of this post and share your input.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Speaking from the perspective of a seasoned music blogger, one of the most frustrating aspects of working with up and coming bands is learning anything worthwhile about the people behind the music. It’s as if artists focus so fervently on crafting the best song they possible can that they give no thought to how they will present themselves and their music once it’s time to launch whatever marketing efforts they have half-heartedly planned. I’m not here to say you should divert any attention from your songwriting, but you do need to make a conscious effort to develop one, two, or even three band bios that can be shared with any label, promoter, blogger, or licensing agent that may stumble across your work. Presentation is key in these matters, and to an extent every artist’s bio should be unique like snowflakes, but today I’m going to share just enough insight to get you started towards bettering the way you present yourself to others online.

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Hello again, everyone. We are thrilled to have you joining us this afternoon. The world of EDM is one we have spent very little time exploring on this blog, but there is no denying it has become a big source of business for the industry at large in recent years. Today, in an attempt to be slightly more ‘with it,’ we’re excited to be joining forces with our friends in We Are Nexus to offer a little insight on how they built their following. You might not listen to EDM, but that doesn’t mean you are unable to learn from those making a living working in that genre.

This blog exists to promote the future of the music industry, and to do that we need input from people like you and your music-loving friends. If you have any questions about the content in this article, or if you have an artist you would like to see featured on this blog, please contact james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Hey everyone, my name is Nick Gunn and I make up half of the EDM duo (We Are) Nexus. My music partner, Carmen Rainier, and I have enjoyed success over the last year with our singles “It Feels So Good”, “World Around Me” and “Shamelessly”. We are about to embark on a new release, “Better Off Without You”, which comes out in just a few weeks! We are definitely grateful for all the success we have experienced in our first year and like every emerging artist our story is filled with tons of hard work and passion! 

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