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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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Hello and welcome to another week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. It’s the first week of June and we are kicking off our content with our second collaborative piece with Daniel Alvarez, attorney at law and music business aficionado. We will be working with Daniel a lot in the months ahead, and we think the perspective he has on the business today is one that can aide both artists and industry professionals. 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 I were designing a business industry that consistently favored one party over the other, I would be hard pressed to plan anything better than the music industry. Take young business-naïve, creative types with big dreams on one side and add ultra-sophisticated business-savvy folks with high-powered attorney on the other and what do you get? What it looks like the first time you get your label contract!

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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:

Human Resourced Coordinator (Warner Music)

Job summary: The HR Coordinator is part of the HR Generalist team assigned to the Rhino Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records population, and reports to a Vice President, Human Resources. The HR Coordinator provides administrative support for: day-to-day HR activities; recurring HR processes such as biweekly payroll and annual performance reviews; and the execution of HR initiatives such as employee training. There is a possibility the position will be temp-to-perm. 

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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 reader in regards to taking time off. 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.

Several weeks ago I wrote in this very column about the benefits of learning to disconnect from the digital world and embrace the chaos of reality. My intentions at the time were to address those that feel unable to walk away from their digital efforts for even a few hours, but a conversation with a relatively young writer this week made me realize I completely neglected one of the biggest causes for young writer panic: Vacation.

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Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” - Bill Watterson (Creator of Calvin & Hobbes)

Hello, everyone. Thank you for joining us. If you are reading this article on the day it goes live then you are no doubt counting down the minutes until your weekend arrives. For what it’s worth, we appreciate you killing time by browsing our blog. Hopefully it helps the time pass.

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.

We typically start these posts with updates from the development side of things, but this week is unique because we’re ending things with a handful of projects in various states of update that we’re currently unable to write about at length. We want to, we really do, but we need just a few more days to get everything in order. Next week, however, all will be revealed.

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Hello, everyone. Thank you for joining us this afternoon. We spent the last month planning a series of guests posts with our dear friend Deborah ‘Zuke’ Smith that we are thrilled to continue today. Zuke is an industry professional with knowledge and insight well beyond her years, but I am sure all of that will come to light through her posts in the weeks ahead. 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.

Finding your authentic and original sound can be both a frightening and wonderful experience, but it can also be so damn confusing with the mixed messages you hear. You try and develop your original sound, and then someone asks whom you sound like. So you say, “I sound like me, I’m original!” Then you read articles and blogs saying, “no one is that unique and special, everyone is derivative of someone else.” So you’re left trying to come up with some clever answer that kinda-sorta is a reflection of whom you sound like. Unfortunately, even that can be confusing. If you could mix the DNA of Michael Bublé with Buckethead in a petri dish, that’s what I sound like! …Really?

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