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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:

Managing Editor (Vibe)

Job summary: In this managerial role, day-to-day responsibilities include supervising the editorial staff, scheduling content, maintaining an editorial calendar, monitoring real-time content performance, and analyzing traffic patterns and trends to identify actionable insights. In addition to these daily responsibilities, the Managing Editor will collaborate with integrated marketing teams to ideate and execute advertiser campaigns, including custom content and sponsored programs, and will be accountable for quality assurance across the site.

Solutions Architect (BMI)

Job summary: Partner with business analysts, project masters, scrum masters and developers in requirements gathering, design and implementations. Directly responsible for analyzing and translating business, information and technical requirements into an architectural blueprint. Solutions are expected to achieve business objectives and expected to take an active part in the delivery process. Actively participate in all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle: requirements analysis, development, testing, and implementation.

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Hello, everyone! We know we are a couple days behind on getting this update to you, but please do not feel as if you have been forgotten. James, the guy who runs this blog, has been on vacation in Denver and his hotel’s wifi proved less powerful than advertised. He sought a better connection, and we are now able to share our long-awaited weekly recap with all of you.

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.

That introduction may have lead you to believe the delays were perhaps due, at least in part, to new advancements on the development front. While it is true that we have some major changes in the pipeline, they are not quite ready for the public just. I want to say that we will have something to share by the end of the Month, but considering the fact that date is a little over a week away I’m not sure it will happen. October however, will be insane.

On the blog end of things, the second to last week of September proved incredibly busy. Prior to leaving for Denver, James logged 4 new interview, secured a half dozen features, and did a ton of press outreach. We know you probably do not care all that much about how our publicity efforts are going, but we are working to further our brand recognition through things like the blog and the recently launched podcast.

In case you missed anything this week, here is a roundup of our latest content offerings:

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the one and only Artist Spotlight column that we plan to run this week. We know a lot of our recent interviews have revolved around the world of metal, but that is not the case today. Davey Suicide may look like a hardcore frontman, but the truth of the matter is that he is spearheading a rock revolution that may soon takeover the world.

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. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

If you were to see the photo of Davey Suicide featured above this text without any supplementary information you may be quick to assume he’s some kind of metal musician, or at the very least a performer of some kind. The truth is that Suicide is indeed a musician, but the metal genre is something very few would associate with his sound. What Davey brings to the world of music is far more industrial than anything else, often driving fans to dance instead of mosh, and on September 30 he will share his latest creation - an album titled World Wide Suicide - with music fans around the globe.

Earlier this week, I had the good fortune to hop on the phone with Davey for a lengthy conversation about his career and where it may be headed in the future. I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of industry music, but there is something about Davey’s fervent dedication to promoting a message of individualism that made me want to know more about his work. What I discovered, and what I hope translates in the interview below, is that above all else Davey Suicide wants to impress upon people that they have the ability to take control of their life. He wants to empower people to do whatever it is they’re passionate about,  even though his image may make him seem a bit more sinister than this positive outlook would suggest. In my opinion, there is no better example of someone using music to do more than entertain in music today, and I’m honored to share the motivations behind that effort today.

If you would like to learn more about Davey Suicide and his plans for the future, be sure to follow him on Twitter.

H: To help get us started, please take a moment and introduce yourself:

DS: Hello, everyone. My name is Davey Suicide.

H: Thanks for joining us, Davey. Do people ever call you David? There is something far less cool about David Suicide.

DS: [laughs] No. That doesn’t really happen too often. My parents do use it whenever they get upset, but I live a lot farther away now so that doesn’t happen as often as before.

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Hello, everyone. Thank you for so very much for taking a little time our of your day to spend with us. The post you are about to enjoy was written by Jason Tate, founder of Absolutepunk, for his personal blog. The topic is not about music directly, but I think bands of all sizes will be able to learn from his message.

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. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s Not Just a Game

I feel shackled by the “Jason Tate likes to stir shit up” quote by Real Friends. It leaves me in a place where I feel as though I can’t speak my mind about this band without the internet assuming I have a vendetta. Frankly that pisses me off. That interview paints me in such a corner that if I write any thoughts at all about a band (especially this one), their music, or the character of the band members — I will immediately have what I say dismissed by some as biased. And that’s bullshit. Because what happened this last week on Twitter is bullshit. And it’s important that it gets brought up and talked about. I thought about writing this on AP.net and realized I just simply didn’t want to deal with the chaos it would cause (so, I guess they win to some degree), so instead, I’m writing it here. I hope people read it. I hope someone learns from it. But more than anything, I just needed to get it out.

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Hello again, everyone. Thank you so much for making time to visit our blog and spend a few minutes talking about life in the modern music business. The post you are about to enjoy was written by our friend Andrew Jones, founder of Checkered Owl Media. To learn more about his work, click here.

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. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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Every band wants a great music video, and they are right to. There is no other marketing tool quite as powerful.

When people first check out a band, most head straight to YouTube. When I have tested emails to see what promoters click on most, it’s always the videos. They are more sharable than an iTunes link and more engaging than a playlist. In fact, one study recently found that 91% of people check out a song on YouTube before purchasing. NINETY-ONE PERCENT! So, yes a great video is important.

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Hello, everyone! Our Journalism Tips series has been moving around a lot in recent weeks, but today it is back once again to help strengthen the music blogging community. This entry was created in response to an email received late last week, which we detail at length below. If you have ever had troubles maintaining a good team of contributors, this post may be for 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. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

The old saying “good help is hard to find these days” never seems to go out of style. When applied to the world of blogging, I believe the phrase should be altered slightly to include the words “especially when there is not pay involved.” 90% of music blogs, if not more, are maintained by people who see little to no financial return for their efforts. The people who contribute to sites they do not own have an even higher likelihood of not getting paid, which is something that puts many blog owners in a very tough position. Editors want to motivate their team members, but when they have nothing to offer them except momentary attention from the internet and a few extra lines on a resume that can be incredibly difficult to accomplish. Everyone wants to believe that people get into music because they are passionate about art and promoting the artistic creations of others, but people also need to make a living, and there comes a point where that need begins to outweigh whatever desires one may have to pursue unpaid work.

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Hello and welcome to the beginning of a whole new work week. We hope the weekend treated you as well as it did us, and that you’ve made it this far through the day without succumbing to a classic case of ‘the Mondays.’ If you did, maybe you just need to stretch and get a little exercise, which is something the following guest post from Pop Evil’s Chachi Riot talks about a lot.

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.

I know our readers in California may not be able to relate to this at the moment given the heat wave currently making lives miserable, but the rest of North America spent the past weekend waking each morning to a chilly reminder that fall is right around the corner. The leaves may still be green, but the summer temperature have started to drop, and before you know it there will be Christmas displays in every store. For most of us, these subtle changes do very little to change our daily lives, but for artists on the road it’s an entirely different story. Cold weather brings disease, which is the last thing you want, and it makes downtime while traveling city to city far less enjoyable. Weather can also make staying in shape while touring difficult, but lucky for you we have found a solution for that problem, and we brought along our friends from Pop Evil to help.

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Hey, everyone! This post is not a typical advice column, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Many Haulix users complain about promos ending up in their spam folder instead of their inbox, but fear not because we have a the perfect solution (thanks to eHow).

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.

So why do Haulix promos sometimes end up in my spam folder?

To be completely honest, we do not know with 100% certainty what causes a promo to be directed to spam instead of a person’s inbox. Google’s Gmail email service contains a spam filter that tries to identify undesirable messages, but those efforts often catch messages that are not spam in the process. A message caught in the spam filter is sent to the spam folder instead of your inbox. You can whitelist email addresses in Gmail if you never want Gmail to categorize them as spam. Gmail will send emails from the white-listed email addresses directly to your inbox, even if the spam filter would match them. You can also whitelist entire domains or whitelist emails with specific subjects or phrases. 

How do I whitelist something?

It’s relatively easy to whitelist an email, and in a few simple steps you can ensure all future Haulix promos arrive in your inbox. Login to your email account and…

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We have featured content from Lueda Alia in the past, and today we have the great honor of being able to share another advice column from our favorite Canadian. This article is written with publicists in mind, but there is a lot artists can learn from Lueda’s words as well.

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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Last night, I came across an article titled “I Read and Replied to Every Single PR Email I Received for a Week” by Zach Schonfeld, which describes my daily, exhausting experience with my inbox(es) all too well.

Many years ago, reading press releases was the best way to keep updated with what was happening in the music world. Press releases were a godsend at a time when information on the web was limited, bands didn’t keep in touch with fans regularly, and more importantly, there were far fewer PR agencies around. But that time has long since passed. Most writers get ambushed by press releases nowadays, most of which are mismatched.

I realize that it’s impossible to keep up with every publication, zine or blog out there — hell, even as a reader myself, I can only keep up with maybe 3 or 4 on a daily basis — but that does not excuse making horribly misguided pitches to writers who do not care about specific artists, genres, or what have you. I couldn’t count the number of times I have received emails for hardcore or metal music — two genres I’ve never once covered in my entire career as an editor — by publicists who tell me, “I think you’ll really dig this band, Lueda!” No, I guarantee you that I won’t, and now you have wasted 2-3 minutes of my day that I could have spent reading something else in my inbox that actually interests me.

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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:

Managing Editor, SPIN (SpinMedia)

Job summary: SpinMedia is the web’s fastest growing entertainment publisher reaching more than 150M monthly pop culture, music and entertainment enthusiasts worldwide. Its influential and authentic brands afford brand advertisers unique access to impassioned and engaged audiences through a blend of professional editorial, expert opinion, user contributions, and customized marketing solutions. We are looking to bring on a highly organized, resourceful and energetic Managing Editor who will be essential to the core operation of the site. This position will be located at our Headquarters in our NYC office.

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