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Hello, everyone! This is our second post of the day, as well as the second in a two-part series of guest posts from music industry blogger Andrew Jones. He shared this interview with us several days back and we thought it was too good to not share with all of you. 

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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A little while ago my friend Chris Seth Jackson (you probably know him from the now defunct howtorunaband.com) told me about a new service he started that automates the booking process for bands, allowing them to take some of the heavy lifting out of booking shows. I was intrigued and thought you might be as well, so decided to ask him a few questions about his new venture:

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Hello and welcome to the final regular content day of the work week. You may been too busy to notice this, but today also happens to be the final day of July, which was one of our busiest months to date. We’re thankful for all you’ve given us the ability to accomplish, and we’ve decided to say goodbye the hottest month of the year with a double set of guest posts from one our of favorite online music writers.

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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One of the most common questions I am asked by people is how an artist can attract a manager, or, how to best pitch a manager that they are interested in working with. 

Much like everything in this business there isn’t one simple answer and everyone’s process is different but here a few things I appreciate and a process that can be employed to connect with a manager (or any other music business professional).

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Hello, everyone. Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to read about the industry we all contribute to on a daily basis. We have been searching coast to coast for someone working on the kind of project highlighted in today’s piece, and we hope the advice they have to offer inspires others to follow in their footsteps. 

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.

Growing up in a town known for farming in the southwest corner of Michigan I had absolutely no idea how I would ever meet the kind of people who could help me make a name for myself in music. I asked everyone I knew if they knew anyone in entertainment, but the best anyone in my little world could do was offer was a distant cousin who may or may not have been a stunt double for David Duchovny once upon a time. His name was also David and no, he did not offer much help.

Eventually, I entered college and learned the hard truth that sometimes in life the easiest way to get what you want also requires the most work. I could stand around for years waiting to be introduced to someone who could help me, or I could put myself out there and see what - if any - attention my work would draw. I launched a music blog not long after, which put me in a position to meet publicists, and over the next several years I used my skills as a writer to navigate the industry. Whenever a major event presented itself, such as SXSW, I went with a hundred business cards ready to be dispersed. I knew if I ever wanted to leave cornfields in the rear view mirror I needed to know people who understand what it took to live as a music business professional. It took almost a decade, but I eventually found my way.

If I had stumbled upon a genie or some kind of wish-granting deity while on my journey into the industry, the one thing I would have asked for before anything else would have been an easier way to meet people with similar interests in my desired career field. That kind of magic never came my way, unfortunately, but for the better part of the last two years a group of industry professionals in New York City have been putting on the kind of events that would have made my younger self jump with joy. They’re called The Noise Collective, and in the interview below founding member Andrew West explains how he and his team and doing their part to further unite the industry at large.

If you would like to learn more about The Noise Collective and their plans for the future, please make it a point to follow the group on Facebook. Additional questions and comments can be added at the end of this post.

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Hello, everyone. We are thrilled to have you joining us today for another entry in our ongoing Advice series. This may very well be the advice column we run in July, and I like to think it’s one of the best ones to date. Talking about bands as businesses can be scary, but as long as you remember to put your fans/consumers first it can also be a lot of fun.

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 end of July is just days away, which means no matter how hard we fight to believe otherwise the end of summer is slowly beginning to appear on the horizon. The leaves have not started to change, and it’s fairly safe to say temperatures are still near their peak, but in every department store and every commercial break there is one sign of summer’s impending doom that cannot be ignored: Back to school sales.

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Hello and welcome to the dawn of yet another brand new week. We know quite a bit of time has passed since our last photo-related editorial, but sometimes the best things in life take a little longer than expected to come together. We appreciate your patience.

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.

Never purchase a photo pass from anyone. Let me repeat this again, NEVER PURCHASE A PHOTO PASS. I’ve noticed a trend of bands starting to offer photo passes for sale, and this is not okay. It’s appalling.  This is essentially selling media credentials to a show, which is unheard of in journalism. Most cases they offer to post your photos that you took of them on social networking. Why is this accepted in the photography community? What makes bands think it’s okay to use people’s work for free, let alone charge people to photograph them?

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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:

Versatile Musician (Buzzfeed)

Job summary: We’re looking for professionals with experience in the creation of original online content. You should be an versatile musician who can create parody music / lyrics / impressions - Think Jimmy Fallon type. Residents work as part of our BuzzFeed Video’s production teams, helping to bring their experience, voice and possibly performances to create new, awesome videos. Each team has it’s own specific focus, and you’ll be an integral part of their production during your residency, helping to conceive, write, produce new videos for BuzzFeed’s video channel.

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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 running a special editorial by our very own James Shotwell about the importance of having a plan. 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.

The greatest piece of advice I believe anyone can give you on the topic of finding success in the music industry is to find something you love doing and do it the absolute best of your abilities. Work hard each day and, eventually, people will take notice. I cannot guarantee you will find work in your desired area of the business right away, but through focused determination anything is possible as long as you give it your all. 

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I’ve lost count of how many new tracks come our way every week, but I know it’s a number that seems to grow exponentially larger by the month. In the midst of all that, isn’t it funny how sometimes it’s the songs we haven’t heard in years that get us through the day? For me, today, that song is “Night Moves.” Yes, the one by Bob Seger. Don’t laugh. This song was solid gold the day it was created, and it remains that way to this very day. Don’t believe me? Allow the music to defend itself:

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.

After several weeks of constant reveals, we have no big breakthroughs to report from our development team. Instead, we have spent the past several days refining our already proven tools and plotting the next steps towards complete industry domination (kidding). We also upgraded our watermarking technology, which you can read about in a blog post we ran on Wednesday afternoon.

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Hello and welcome to a very special edition of our Industry Spotlight series. We usually reserve Friday afternoon for our company update, but we have been creating so much great content as of late that we could not resist the urge to share something extra special (and extra long) with you before the week let out.  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.

I have a confession to make: Dragging my feet when it comes to transcribing interviews running over thirty minutes in length is a skill I have essentially mastered over the last six years of my writing career. It’s not the kind of thing anyone should be proud of, and truth be told there is a small part of me that hates the rest of me for making this professional shortcoming public information. Still, it needed to be said before getting too deep into today’s feature because it’s an article that should have run several weeks ago.

Gary Suarez is one of the most entertaining and insightful music critics working today. He’s the kind of guy that knows a little bit about everything this business has to offer, which makes him the perfect person to highlight in our ongoing Industry Spotlight series. For more than a decade Gary has been writing about the best, worst, and most unique music the world has to offer. He’s also become a prominent figure in the world of social media, critiquing various aspects of the entertainment business in creative 140-character bursts. Today, in a rare interview, he tells us how it all came together.

I had the good fortune of speaking with Gary about his professional life a little over a month ago. My plan at the time was to run our conversation the following week, but as we began to chat the minutes quickly added up, and by the time I reached for the stop button I noticed that we were closer to hitting the hour mark than almost any interview I had done for this blog up to that point. I told myself the best way to get through the transcription challenge I had set for myself was to work on it right away, but that ultimately did not happen. Instead, I procrastinated like a fool and the amount of work I had to do continued to pile up until I had no choice except to dedicate a weekend to transcription. That occurred just a few days ago, and now I am finally able to share with you one of my favorite conversations to date.

If you would like to learn more about Gary and his ongoing efforts in entertainment, do yourself a favor and make it a point to follow him on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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Hello, everyone! We are thrilled to learn that you have chosen to spend a few minutes of your day with us. I don’t know if you have been following along this week, but interviews have been a recurring theme in our posts, and the article below is no exception. We are even planning a bonus interview tomorrow!

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 vast majority of bloggers and journalists we have featured on this blog were initially contacted by us for the purposes of gauging their interest in participating in collaborative content creation. Today’s creative mind, the one and only Lauren Wise, actually came to us with ideas for collaboration. That was the only sign we needed to know she was the type of hardworking industry vet we aim to highlight in this series, and within a few days of our initial introduction I was crafting questions for Lauren about her extensive industry experience.

Lauren Wise may not be a name you recognize from list of the most influential minds in music, but for over a decade she has been working behind-the-scenes of several major publications nationwide to make sure the articles and reviews people enjoy on a daily basis are not riddled with errors. That’s right, she is a professional editor, and during her time in music she has worked with hundreds of artists, ranging from Alice Cooper and Slayer, to 311 and beyond. She’s also the founder of Midnight Publishing, a consulting company that we’ll dig into a bit more during the interview below.

I’m still getting to know Ms. Wise, but I am already a big fan of her work. The music industry needs people who are willing to take life by the reigns and make things happen regardless of whether or not the rest of the planet is paying attention just yet, and that’s exactly the type of drive for success Ms. Wise exemplifies every single day. 

H: Hello! Thank you for joining us. Before we begin, please introduce yourself to our readers:
LW: Thank you James! Glad to be here. My name is Lauren Wise, and I’ve been a professional writer and editor for 10 years, and have written for local and national publications including LA Weekly, Where magazine, Runway magazine, Boxx magazine, and the Phoenix New Times, where I have worked a heavy metal journalist for more than three years and write a column called Metal Mondays. While I write about other topics such as travel and culture, I have a strong focus on hard rock and heavy metal music. I’ve interviewed more than a 100 artists and bands, including Alice Cooper, Slayer, 311, Phil Anselmo, and Megadeth. Also in the vein of music, I work as the record label liaison for Heavy Metal Television, setting up interviews with the VJs when bands come through town. I also am the founder of Midnight Publishing, an editorial/self-publishing consultation company, where I edit books and help authors market and publish them. 

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