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Hello, everyone. Welcome to the second Blogger Spotlight of the week. We have been inundated in recent weeks with requests to feature the person at the center of today’s post, and we could not be more excited to finally share their interview with all of you. If you know of a writer or blogger who would be a good fit for this column, let us know! Email james@haulix.com and share your idea. 

Anthony Fantano may not have started writing about music with the intentions of building a career for himself, but that is exactly what has transpired in the seven years since The Needle Drop debuted online. Through reviews and engaging editorials, Anthony built a rabid following of fans, and in 2009 took things to a whole new level when he launched the site’s official YouTube channel. He’s one of the few self-made independent bloggers to be featured in this series who are fortunate enough to write about music full-time through their own publication, and in the interview below he offers some insight as to how it all came together.

The music business needs more people like Anthony Fantano. He’s a driven, forward-thinking individual that understands the evolving relationships we have with technology and art. It’s nothing short of an honor to feature him in this series, and we want to encourage everyone interested in learning more about his work to follow The Needle Drop on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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H: Hey there, how are things? Before we dive in, please tell everyone your full name, job title, and the name of your site:

A: Anthony Fantano, uh, editor-in-chief, I suppose, and The Needle Drop.

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Hello and welcome to a brand new week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We are beyond excited to share the content we have in store with you, so please take the time now to bookmark this page and ensure you never miss another update. [content stuff]

There are a few paths one can follow in the world of entertainment journalism and blogging to find a lasting career, but few are as demanding or rewarding as becoming the editor-in-chief at a popular music publication. Between writing copy, building posts behind-the-scenes, editing other writers’ work, interacting with bands and labels, sifting through promos, managing staff, and of course writing your own original works, it’s a full-time job even if the paycheck says otherwise. The returns for those that put in the work necessary to succeed in these roles however, are both vast and lasting. You not only build a reputation for yourself and your team, but also a living, ever-growing body of work that goes beyond your individual efforts and makes an impact on the world at large. A great editor-in-chief can lead a group of contributors to create industry-changing editorials and reviews, and in our opinion that is exactly what the person at the center of today’s spotlight feature has accomplished with their career.

Doug Moore does not consider himself a journalist. He’s the editor-in-chief at Invisible Oranges, but when asked about his job he prefers to describe what he and his team of contributors create as skewing closer to music criticism than anything resembling news. Either way, the content found on IO is indispensable, with article after article offering insight on the latest and great heavy music to be found anywhere online. There are admittedly not a lot of blogs we read every single day, but Invisible Oranges is one of few we rarely go more than a handful of hours without visiting, and in the interview below we learn about the man that keeps things running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

If you would like to learn more about Doug and his efforts with IO, please take the time to follow the site on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

H: Before we get started, would you please tell everyone your full name, job title, and the site you’re most often associated with:

D: My name is Doug Moore, I’m the editor-in-chief at Invisible Oranges.

H: Thank you again for participating in this series, Doug. I am a big fan of your work with Invisible Oranges. Has music always played a major role in your life?

D: Perhaps not always, but I’ve been interested in it for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest clear memories involve listening to my parents’ music in their car as a very small child.

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Good afternoon, everyone. We receive requests every now and then from readers wondering whether or not we know of any job openings within the music industry. We try our best to inquire during features with our spotlight guests, but up to this point we have admittedly offered few to little leads. Today we’re making a change, and with your help we hope to soon offer one of the most well-rounded entertainment job boards available online.

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Every Sunday afternoon, the Haulix blog posts the latest job and internship offerings we have come across in the prior week. We  do our best to offer description of each job, as well as any supplemental information related to the application process. The first round of openings can be found below.

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Hello and welcome to the dawn of a new era on the Haulix blog. We have debuted a number of short-run columns over the last couple of months, but today we are introducing a recurring feature that will be a staple of this blog from this day forward. If you would like to contribute to this series, or if you have an idea for a new column that you think would fit with our content, please do not hesitate to email james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We are always interested meeting people excited about the music business.

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It dawned on us near the end of 2013 that in order to properly prepare the next generation of music journalists for the industry they hope to enter that we would need to do more than interview their peers. There is a great deal to be learned from exposure to the brilliant minds currently shaping the music industry today, but their knowledge will not be that useful if those who receive it do not understand the basics of modern music journalism.

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Hello and welcome to the final work week Haulix blog update. We recently moved to a seven-day posting style, but we still reserve Friday afternoons as a time for company updates and content reflection. This edition is particularly lengthy, so settle in now and prepare to be wowed. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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Starting off with the topic that may very well have inspired you to click the link that brought you to this post, we are thrilled to announce our mobile platform is finally ready for launch. Our plan is to release the update later this evening, which will immediately allow journalists worldwide to stream promos on their smartphones for the first time ever. Keep an eye on our Twitter for updates on the official launch, and stay tuned for a complete walkthrough to appear on the blog later this weekend.

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the world premiere of our latest advice for bands column, How To Kill Your Band. This series, which runs once or twice every month, features tips on avoiding artistic self-destruction written by people with years of experience making music professionally. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and if you pay close enough attention you might just learn something.

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An Introduction:

I’ve been in the music industry as an artist for nearly10 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.

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Hello and welcome to the only Industry Spotlight we will run all week! We have been working on this feature since the middle of January and could not be more thrilled with the final results. If you have any interest in pursuing a career in digital media within the music business, consider the interview below a must read. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

We have featured a number of professionals in this series who have been lucky enough to work for the same company since college. These people have the type of career longevity we all hope to find in this crazy industry, but positions like theirs are admittedly few and far between. Most young people making their way through the ranks these days have several jobs, sometimes simultaneously, before settling into anything longterm. The person at the center of today’s feature, Shan Dan Horan, exemplifies this lifestyle perfectly, and fortunately for us he was willing to share his knowledge with our community.

Shan Dan Horan was always interested in the technical side of the business, but when he graduated college he had no intentions of pursuing a career in the music industry. He moved to Chicago and focused solely on postproduction work, which lead to him being part of major advertising campaigns for people like Barack Obama and companies like McDonalds. He was happy, and by all accounts quite successful. Along the way however, he realized his love for music and working in the industry was greater than he previously realized and over time he took steps towards re-entering the wild and crazy world known as the music business. He now works in media production for Century Media Records and freelances with several other labels. He’s living out his dreams, and below he tells us how it all came together.

If you would like to know more about Shan Dan Horan, take a few moments out of your day and follow him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

H: For the record, please state your name, job title(s), and the companies you work for/with:

S: My name is Shan Dan Horan (Shannon Daniel Horan). I head up the media production department for Century Media Records and freelance for a ton of other labels doing everything from social networking to A&R.

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Hello, everyone. Welcome to the second Blogger Spotlight of the month. We have been promising more interviews with people outside the US, and for the purposes of today’s story we’re headed north to learn about an influential mind who resides in Canada. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s becoming harder and harder to imagine, but there was a time not that long ago when the internet did not exist. If you lived far from a major city the idea you could one day find yourself employed by a major entertainment outlet would have seemed like an impossible task, and unless you offered something out of this world good on your resume that idea was probably not too far from the truth. Networking and familiarizing yourself with people in the industry was just as important than, if not more so, than it is today, and before the internet those located in small towns and farming communities worldwide had an added degree of difficulty when it came to making a name for themselves.

Around the mid-90s however, everything began to change. The internet brought news, opinions, events, images, and everything in between from around the world to the comfort of any home fortunate enough to own a personal computer. This global connectivity broke down the barriers that previously prevented creative types outside cities from directly engaging with major players in business, and even if they did not like what you had to say there was still a place for it to be said. That time in our society was legitimately world-changing, and in the interview below you will learn how it propelled Adrien Begrand toward the career in music journalism he has today.

Over the last decade Adrien Begrand has written and overseen some of the finest articles on hard rock found anywhere in the world. From his days running the metal blog ‘Headbang’ for the now defunct MSN Entertainment, to his more recent contributions to publications like Decibel and Terrorizer, Adrien has continuously raised the bar for himself and his peers through his coverage of all things rock. Everyone at Haulix loves his work, and after learning about his passion for music through the conversation below we think you will too.

If you would like to learn more about Adrien’s adventures in the world of music, make sure to take the time to follow him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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H: Let’s start at the very beginning. Please tell us your name, job title, and a few of the publications you have written for in the last year:

A: Sure, my name is Adrien Begrand, I’m a freelance music writer based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In the past year I have been a contributing writer to Decibel magazine, Terrorizer magazine, and Iron Fist magazine, as well as running the metal blog ‘Headbang’ over at the late, sadly missed MSN Entertainment at MSN.com.

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Hello and welcome to another week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. Part of our efforts to expand this blog includes an added focus on the tools available through Haulix to help improve the impact of your promotional invite on the increasingly distracted members of the press, and this afternoon we’re kicking off that coverage with a quick look at email. 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 james@haulix.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Haulix email distribution system was designed to enable anyone to create and send well-designed promotional invitations in minutes. As soon as an album is uploaded to our system clients are only a few clicks away from sharing their media with anyone on their contact list, and even if they choose to send out a basic promo the results are both clean and professional.

As an example, please take a look at this promotional invitation sent earlier today with zero customization made to the original promotional messaging layout:

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Welcome back, everyone. We have been teasing the expansion of the Haulix blog for several weeks and are finally prepared to let you know about everything we have in store over the next few months. 

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We promised you seven days of content beginning February 1 and that is a guarantee we intend to keep. The holiday break in December 2013 gave the entire team a chance to relax and reflect on everything that had run and been created for this blog during its first six months of life. We were proud of what had been accomplished, but universally felt we could do even more if we pushed ourselves, and knew that doing so would only further benefit our readers.

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