Hello, everyone. Today is an exciting, albeit somewhat sad day. We are quite thrilled to be sharing the fourth and final installment in our ‘My Life A Music Pirate’ series, but are sad to see such a beloved column put to rest so soon. If you have any questions about the content of this post, or if you are interested in learning more about the secure music distribution services offered by Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Today we put to rest one of the most interesting features we have ever run on this blog. Over the last month we have featured a series of posts on piracy written by a current music professional who has previously leaked countless albums online (part 1, part 2, part 3). Their story is one that I am sure many reading this can relate to, but somewhere along the line this individual got caught up in file-sharing and spent several years breaking the law as a result. They claim to have cleaned up their act, and for what it’s worth I tend to believe them, but as the initial columns began running on this site we could not help noticing an influx of inquiries from readers with questions for our pirate and their supposed retirement. It took a little convincing, but after two weeks of waiting our pirate has emerge from the depths of the internet once more to answer your questions on their life, the repercussions of their decisions, and how they see the industry changing to further combat piracy in the future. You can read their thoughts below.
Hello and welcome to the beginning another week of music industry insight and discussion here on the official blog of Haulix. We were so overwhelmed by the response to our initial column on concert photography that we decided to bump up the release of part two to this afternoon. We hope to continue this series every week or two for the foreseeable future, but we need your help to make it happen. If you have a question about music photography, or perhaps want to learn more about the industry in general, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will use your letters to craft the future of this site. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Hey readers, Nick Karp here! Welcome back to my segment about Concert Photography here on the Haulix blog. I’m glad to see that the last article was received well by you, the readers, as well as the concert photography community at large. I feel as if last article were only the tip of the photography iceberg, however, and have spent the past two weeks outlining a series of posts geared towards providing you with everything you need to begin a career in music photography. This week’s topic: Photo pit etiquette.
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 email@example.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.
Producer / Engineer / Sound Designer (Rockabye Baby Music)
Hello, everyone. Happy Record Store Day! Our team spent the morning rubbing shoulders with audiophiles at a handful of stores across the country and likely spent far more money than intended, but we had a blast in the process. If you have yet to go out, MOVE. What are you waiting for? This is like Christmas for the music industry, only you have to spend money in order to enjoy it and there are rarely family get togethers.
We started this column as a way to help aspiring writers get their start in music, but over the last month 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 one reader in regards to whether or not social media numbers mean anything. If you have any questions about developing as a writer/blogger in music, please do not hesitate email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
The age of social media has forever changed the way we communicate with one another. We still call and text, but we also have the ability to be connected 24/7 to the people, groups, personalities, sites, and brands we love. It’s a win-win for everyone involved, as people love catching up with friends and companies love the free access to consumers. Blogs love it too, perhaps even more than regular businesses, because it essentially offers the opportunity for nonstop free advertising as long as they have a steady stream of timely content to share.
…And therein lies one reason many believe music blogging has started to go downhill in recent years.
Good afternoon, everyone. If you are reading this the day it goes live then you’re probably also joining us on the bandwagon of people counting down the final minutes before the holiday weekend. We don’t have any extra days off, of course, but Easter does give us an excuse to spend time with those we care about and that is reason enough to celebrate in our book.
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. If you have any questions about the content of this post, or if you are interested in learning more about the secure music distribution services offered by Haulix, please email email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Reminder: We will be performing general patch updates in all of our servers this Saturday, April 19, from 5PM to 9PM (GMT). There will be some minor downtime during the process and services will be unavailable.
Hello, everyone. Today we are continuing our efforts to advise current and future musicians by sharing a guest post from our friends at Behind The Curtains Media focusing on the importance of understanding the ins and outs of music publicity. The person behind this feature has spent years in a band themselves, and it’s because of the lessons learned through those experiences that we are able to share this information today. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.
Since 2006 I’ve been on the artists’ side of the publicity world. I’ve worked with amazing publicists such as Raybee, Stunt Crew, The Cornerstone Agency, Big Picture Media and The Catalyst Publicity Group, to name a few. My job at the time felt like nothing other than reading up on features and occasionally doing interviews (which even then I needed numerous reminders). Thinking back and being in the position I’m currently in, I feel we were all spoiled brats and never truly understood the work that was being done behind the curtains.
Hello and welcome to the sixth installment of Eric Morgan’s How To Kill Your Band. This column offers advice to up and coming artists from the perspective of a professional musician who has thrived with and without label support over the last decade. 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 email@example.com and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
I’ve been in the music industry as an artist for nearly 10 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. A wonderment of how a few different decisions, rerunning in hindsight, would work out in some alternate universe. This ever creeping determinism is a fallacy I’m quite aware of but one that I will never completely shake, though it’s these experiences I’ve learned the most valuable lessons. These are the things I’d like to share in a series of mini-blogs I call How To Kill Your Band.
Part 6 - Nightmares
I’m 27 years old and there are two recurring nightmares that haunt my unconscious hours:
#1 — I’m back on my high school baseball team. It’s a tie game in the 9th and I’m up to bat with a man on third. The pitcher checks his signal as the runner edges off third then throws a pitch that seems to spin in slow motion as it tumbles towards me. I turn to square sliding my right hand down towards the center of the bat executing the most beautiful suicide squeeze down the first base line.
Hello again. We have been very happy with the response to our decision to expand our posting efforts to seven days a week, but there is still a world of content we wish to share and our patience is not exactly our strongest skill. So, from time to time, we like bend the rules ever so slightly and share an additional post or two in between the regularly scheduled programming to give you an extra excuse to avoid work. This is one of those posts. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.
There are several career fields where hard works is rewarded with advancement, or at the very least recognition, but the music industry is not one of them. Hard work is what is expected of everyone receiving, or attempting to receive a regular paycheck in this business, and those who advance do so because they take it upon themselves to get their name in front of people with the ability to help their careers. Nina Corcoran is one of these people, and today she shares her story with the Haulix community.
Growing up in a household where the work of The Who might as well have doubled as the soundtrack to existence, Nina Corcoran knew she had a special connection to music from a very early age. The idea of making that connection into anything more than a hobby seemed unrealistic at the time, but as she grew she began to see things in a whole new light. She applied her gift as a writer to the world of music promotion, and very quickly became ‘need to know’ voice in online writing.
I originally crossed paths with Nina when she applied to write for a site I help run, and in the years since I have become a big fan of her work. She is the type of person that always has a plan for the future, even if that plan is to simply make more plans for points further in the future, and she has never once missed a deadline. Her voice is distinct and focused, with a knack for descriptive wordplay that makes relating to her perspective incredibly easy. She also seems to find joy in the hunt for article ideas and the process of pitching said ideas to editors, which is a rare quality in young talent.
If you would like to learn more about Nina’s efforts, please take a moment to follow her on Twitter. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Please tell everyone your name, job title, and a few of the publications you currently contribute to:
N: My name is Nina Corcoran and I’m the Web Editor for WERS 88.9fm, an A+E contributor for DigBoston and Under the Gun Review, and a freelancer for various other places.
Hello, everyone. Welcome to the first of what will be eventually two new Advice columns this week. We are always on the lookout for new ways artists have found to navigate the industry, and whenever possible we do our best to have them share their journey in their owns words. If you know of an artist or group currently doing something unique in music, please contact email@example.com and share their story. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.
If your band is a business and your music is the product your efforts produce, then all the artwork, photos, and merchandise you create to promote that product falls under the category of packaging. The problem many bands face today is that they become far too obsessed with the packaging aspect of things to focus on the quality of their product. The results of these misguided efforts, unfortunately, is that many of these artists must learn the hard that no one buys a well packaged product twice if its contents are underwhelming.
Hello and welcome to a new week of music industry insight and advice here on the official blog of Haulix. We have a lot of content planned for the days ahead, and we could not be more thrilled than to kick things off with a look at the origins of two of the most entertainment hard rock/metal outlets of the last decade. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.
As many of you know, this blog exists to promote the future of the music industry and the people who will one day run it, but truth be told we are not always sure what the future will hold. We do our best to ask everyone we speak with about their thoughts on where the industry is headed, but by and large people have no real idea what this business will look like five or ten years from now. The best we can do is ask as many questions as possible and plan for the worst, and though we may be hesitant to the idea we must accept the fact things are going to change.
I’m not sure Seth Werkheiser knew where he ultimately wanted to end up in music when he launched Buzzgrinder in 2001, but I am willing to wager everything in my possession that he never could have guessed the path to success he would blaze in this often turbulent business. From life as a regular joe, blogging about the music that interested him, Seth began a career that eventually landed him a paying gig with AOL. He worked his way through the ranks and in 2009 helped the company launch Noisecreep, which quickly became one of the top online hard rock hubs. After a few years, however, things at the company began to change, and Seth was faced with the decision of sticking with his baby or exploring new horizons outside the site he had built from the ground up.
He chose the latter.
In the years since leaving Noisecreep, Seth has gone on to find new ways of reaching music fans, including the launch of his increasingly popular Skull Toaster email chain. He’s still writing, but he now has more freedom than ever before. Somewhere along the way he realized that there will always be new peaks to reach and challenges to meet, which he welcomes with open arms. In our interview below we get a glimpse at not only how he reached this realization, but at the journey that created the influential voice in music that he has become.
If you would like to learn more about Seth Werkheiser and his efforts to further the music industry, please make it a point to follow Seth on Twitter and subscribe to Skull Toaster. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.
H: Before we begin, would you please introduce yourself to our readers:
S: Ahoy! I’m Seth Werkheiser. I started Buzzgrinder in 2001, and Noise Creep in 2009 for AOL Music. Since 2011 I’ve been biking, couch surfing, and writing metal trivia.