Happy new year! Welcome to the first Blogger Spotlight of 2014. We have been quietly planning many new features and columns for the months ahead and are beyond excited to begin rolling them out this afternoon. If you have any questions about the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the services offered by Haulix, please email email@example.com. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
There are a million ways to find a career in the music industry, but almost every professional you encounter will tell you their business life began in their local scene. For some, this meant booking bands in their basement or barn, keeping an eye out for cops while letting their friends play for anyone who cared to listen. Others, like the person featured in today’s post, took the far more traditional route of being in a band themselves and gained early exposure to the inner working of a life in entertainment.
Justin Proper may have never had a song on the radio, and if you ask him today he’s more than likely to shy away from details, but for a few short years he was a midwest rock guitarist with dreams of a life on stage. He played in bands when not in school, some that could even be called nu-metal (it was the early-2000s, after all), and woke each morning with the goal of further progressing his already stunning guitar prowess.
As Justin grew older however, his interest in music began to change. The world of bands became less appealing and the world of film grew far more alluring. He put down the guitar and picked up a camera, but knew deep down he could never leave his passion for music behind. He found a writing opportunity with a new entertainment outlet started by someone on his college campus, and before long was writing reviews for music and music-related dvds on a regular basis. Six years later he still calls that place home, and today he shares his life in music with the the Haulix community.
If you would like to learn more about Justin and his efforts in both writing and film, we highly recommend visiting Under The Gun Review on a regular basis. You can also follow Justin’s life and sardonic commentary on existence via Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: For the record, please state your name, job title, and the publication(s) you have written for:
J: My name is Justin Proper and I am a Senior Staff Writer for Under The Gun Review.
Hello and welcome to the final blog post of 2013. Having just updated you on everything Haulix-related last Friday, we thought we’d skip the pleasantries of reflection on months long past and instead forge ahead with another new interview for you to enjoy. If you have any questions about the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the services we offer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Since 2006, The Blue Walrus has been a thriving online hub for passionate music fans worldwide who wanted to discover the latest and greatest sounds. It’s the brainchild of editor Tim Dickinson, who also happens to run the news/culture magazine The Descrier, and in today’s piece we learn how he grew the site from a small UK music portal to an influential international success.
It’s hard to describe the type of music featured on The Blue Walrus, but the term ‘diverse’ comes to mind. There seems to be no barrier to entry as far as genre is concerned, and in my opinion it’s that constant state of open-mindedness towards new ideas of all varieties that has positioned Dickinson and his team as some of the brightest minds in blogging today.
If you would like to learn more about Tim Dickinson, we highly recommend you bookmark and frequent The Blue Walrus. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Let’s start with the basics. What is your name, job title, and the name of the publication(s) you write for:
T: Hi! I’m Tim Dickinson, editor of UK music blog The Blue Walrus and news/culture magazine The Descrier.
Welcome to another exciting week of music industry insight and advice on the official blog of Haulix. We have a variety of features planned for the days ahead, and today we are kicking things off with one of the most requested label features to date. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the promotional distribution services we offer, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
The time between Christmas day and New Year’s Eve is often the slowest of the year for music industry professionals. After months of long hours and hard work the majority of our fellow industry folk take the final weeks of the year to catch their breath and prepare for the year ahead. We spoke with the individual highlighted in the piece below just hours before his holiday break, and after learning about how he spends his days I think you’ll agree his time off was well-deserved.
For the better part of the last decade Vince Edwards has been the leading the marketing and publicity efforts at Metal Blade Records. Like many, he got his start in his local community before finding a door to the music business through college radio. By networking and continually pushing himself and others to do more Vince gained the attention of one of the industry’s strongest companies, and ever since graduation he has been fortunate enough called that place home. We asked him how he did it, and in the interview below you can learn from his journey.
If you would like to learn more about Vince and his effort at Metal Blade, we highly recommend following the label on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this article.
H: For the record, state your name, job title, and the company you call home:
V: Vince Edwards, Metal Blade Records, loosely Marketing/Publicity.
H: We like to start off these pieces by learning a little bit about your life before the industry. When you think of your earliest memories with music, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
V: I would say the most formative things…I grew up going to concerts with my mom. I met Alabama when I was in the fifth grade, so I was exposed to music pretty early. Then in middle school I heard Metallica at bowling club. Yes, I was in bowling club and it was fucking awesome, but I heard Metallica and thought, “Well, this is for me.” And yea, ever since then.
Hello everyone and welcome to a very special edition of the Haulix Artist Spotlight series. We have been working so hard on developing content for the holiday break we found ourselves with more content than days remaining before the new year and figured it was better to offer an extra feature than keep you waiting for fresh features. If you have any questions about the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the secure media distribution services offered by Haulix, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
We debuted a number of new features in recent weeks, and though we love them all I would be lying if I said I did not have a close to connection to our artist series. I have spent a number of years helping develop bands, as has every professional who has contributed to our Advice series, but I am a firm believer there is no better way to learn than from those who have gone ahead of you. This column connects dream chasers with those who have successfully made a career in music work, and today’s spotlighted talent is someone artists of every genre can learn from.
Hailing from the great state of Texas, Larry g(EE) is someone that we in the business refer to as a lifer. Music has played a role in Larry’s life from an early age, and as soon as he was old enough to get on stage he knew he wanted to spend as long as possible under those hot white lights. He has been in a number of bands over the years, but none that have reached the heights of the funk laden outfit that now bears his name. We spoke with Larry about what it takes to create a sustainable career without the aide of a label, and fortunately for us he was kind enough to shed some light on the subject. You can read his story below.
If you would like to stay up-to-date with Larry and his band, we highly recommend following him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Hey there! I’m excited to finally have the chance to make this interview happen. To begin, would you please tell me your name and what you do for a living?
L: Larry g(EE) / Singer-songwriter
H: When you think of your earliest memories with music, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
L: Listening to my uncles vinyls. Everyone from The Beatles, Shuggie Otis, Michael Jackson, and Earth, Wind, and Fire.
Hello and welcome to the final update of the week here on the official blog of Haulix. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Our team spent the last few days scattered across the country with family and friends, but we also dedicated a good amount of time to keeping things moving at HQ. In this post we’ll take a look back at everything we’ve done and give you a few hints at what lies ahead in January 2014.
Starting with the product end of things, the arrival of Santa did not stop our team for rolling out a new update to our promotional distribution system. Press contacts have long been encouraged to leave feedback on the promos they are sent and thanks to our latest update managing those messages is now easier than ever before. When clients log in to view promo feedback they can identify which comments they have already read by selecting the checkbox next to the corresponding messages. Checked messages will then appear crossed out, but will not be removed. You can view an example of this below:
***Promo feedback can only be viewed the respective Haulix client. Press contacts cannot see each other’s feedback.***
Santa may not have had an impact on our dev team, but he did make an impression on the blog. In addition to releasing two new Blogger Spotlights, as well as a timely Advice column, we issued our very first (and very brief) holiday message to readers. You can find links to every post this week below:
Looking ahead to next week there is plenty we hope to accomplish before ringing in the new year. For starters, we have two additional label spotlight we plan to run, as well as the second installment of our new artist spotlight series. Who knows, we may even find time to squeeze some additional advice. Be sure to follow Haulix on Twitter and Facebook to ensure you never miss another update.
That’s all for this week. Have a fun and safe weekend. We’ll see you on Monday.
Hello and welcome to another installment of our Blogger Spotlight series. We missed all of you during our day off yesterday and thought it best to make up for our absence with a bonus piece of content to help kickoff the weekend. If you have any questions about the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the services offered by Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
We have spent the majority of the last six months talking to the people who created or currently lead the most influential music sites on the web. As we head into 2014 we want to continue these efforts while also expanding our reach to include others who have dedicated to their lives and talent to the pursuit of a career in the music industry, including freelance writers.
The life of a freelance writer is one we cover far too rarely on this blog, but in the months ahead we hope to share more stories from this side of the writing world in order to provide a more complete picture of life on the journalism side of entertainment. Today we’re diving into this effort with a feature on Boston resident Carolyn Vallejo, who has contributed to publications like Alter The Press!, Performer Magazine, and Big Cheese Magazine. You can read her story below.
If you would like to learn more about Carolyn, we highly recommend following her on Twitter and bookmarking her digital portfolio. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Hello! Thanks for taking the time to be a part of this feature. Would you please tell everyone your name, what you do, and the publication(s) you work with?
C: Hey James! My name is Carolyn Vallejo and I’m a music journalist. I work mostly with Alter the Press! but have freelanced for a bunch of music publications including Performer Magazine and Big Cheese Magazine. I’m also the editor of a financial journal in downtown Boston.
Hello, everyone! We considered running a feature today, but instead thought it best to simply suggest everyone spend time with those they care about. Christmas comes only once a year and it’s meant to be celebrated with those who matter most.
All of us at Haulix wish you the absolute best Christmas imaginable. We’re thankful for your continued support and are very much looking forward to the year ahead. Happy holidays!
Hello, everyone! The wait for Santa Claus is quickly coming to a close, but before he slides down your chimney we wanted to share one final Advice column. This one is a bit simple, but it is fitting for the season. If you have any questions about the content of this blog, or if you would like more information on the services offered by Haulix, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.
We have covered a lot of territory in this column over the last six months, but today’s post is one that could only run in the final days of the year. We know many of you are spending time with those you care about right now, and to be perfectly honest we believe that is far more important than spending your time online. So, in hopes of informing you without pulling you away from holiday festivities, I’m going to dive right into this list and save you 3-4 paragraphs of my rambling. Feel free to add your own tips at the end of this post.
1. Reflect on 2013 and learn from everything that did (and did not) work.
As the final days of the year begin to wind down it’s easy to get caught up in sharing your victories from the past twelve months with those you love, but it is important to reflect on things that didn’t go as planned as well. Make a list of everything you attempted in 2013 as an artist/group, the victories and losses, then discuss what you can do to improve your efforts in the new year. This will help with the next tip, which is…
2. Make a list of goals for 2014 and outline what needs to happen in order to achieve them.
Every artist I have spoken with in the last month has told me they believe 2014 will be their best year yet. While I hope that is the case, it’s certainly something that is much easier said than done. By creating a list of goals for the new year, as well as outlining the steps needed to achieve them, before January 1 arrives you and your band mates will have a leg up on the competition. While others are trying to plan their next announcement/tour/album/etc. you will already be knee-deep in the battle for career progression.
3. Spend time with those you love and remember to thank those who have supported you.
We mentioned in the opening paragraphs that we feel family is far more important than life on the internet, especially when the holidays come around. With that in mind we want to encourage everyone to spend as much time with the people who mean something to them in the days before 2014 arrives. Further, it’s imperative that you take the time to thank your supporters both locally and abroad. Fans feel a connection to you and your art that is wholly unique to each individual, and taking the time to release even a generic ‘ Thank you and Happy Holidays’ message over social networks can be a good way to keep that bond strong while the music industry is on vacation. They’re excited for the new year just as much as you are because they too have seen your struggle over the past twelve months and believe you will do great things in the future. Don’t take that for granted.
Hello and welcome to the last full week of 2013! We know many members of the music industry take this week off to celebrate the holidays and unwind from months spent staring at monitors, but here at Haulix we’re forging ahead with a full week of new, never-before-published content to keep you entertained while the snow falls. If you have any questions regarding the content of this blog, or if you would like to learn more about the services offered by Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Essentially all of the sites we have featured hope to start discussions about music, but very few have actually built communities of their own. Before social networking became a craze nearly every major new site/blog had a forum, if not something even more in-depth, and though many may argue the age of Facebook is better you will learn in the paragraphs below there is still something to be said for building your own community of like-minded individuals.
Dave Buck is a person who loves music far more than he ever enjoyed writing, but after noticing a number of talented musicians being overlooked by the music blogging community he decided to take matters into his own hands. The results of those efforts is the now well-known outlet Dying Scene, which boasts a community of thousands of diehard alternative music fans hungry for news and tunes from bands both known and obscure. It’s a destination for people who don’t care as much about what is trendy as they do about what is simply great music, and today we will learn how it all came together.
If you would like to stay up-to-date with everything Dave Buck has going on, we highly encourage you to bookmark and frequent Dying Scene. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Thanks again for doing this. Before we dive in, would you please tell everyone your full name, job title, and the publication you’re here to discuss:
D: My name’s Dave Buck and I guess you can consider me the founder and “head honcho” of Dying Scene (the site and the record label).
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the final Haulix recap before Christmas. We have a lot in store before 2014 ends, and this post we will give you a first look at everything on the horizon.
If you have any questions regarding the content on this blog, or if you would like additional information about the services offered by Haulix, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
With Christmas quickly approaching, the Haulix team has spent the last week doing everything possible to make sure our software as well as it possibly can before the end of 2014. We rolled out a number of minor updates, including some work on email, and continued developing our the long-awaited mobile platform. We do not have a launch date yet, but we will let you know as soon as more information becomes available.
On the blog end of things, we conducted more interviews in the past seven days than any other one-week period in 2013. The holidays usually leads many industry professionals to have one, if not two weeks of vacation and we wanted to ensure fresh content would continue well into the new year without issue. Every week day until the end of the year, including Christmas, we are going to be debuting some GREAT content. Label spotlights, Publicity spotlights, and more!
In case you missed any of the content we ran this week, here is a quick set of links to help Friday pass a little bit faster:
Advice: Optimizing Your YouTube Presence (Pt. 3)
Artist Spotlight: Josh ‘Chachi Riot’ Marunde
Publicity Spotlight: Kelly Walsh (Prosthetic Records)
Advice: Winter Tour Survival Tips From The Venetia Fair
Okay, I think that about wraps up our recap items for this week. We will return on Monday with a brand new Spotlight post, and we certainly hope you stop by to read it. Until then, be safe and have a great weekend.