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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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It’s back! We told you last month that our hiatus from podcasting had come to a close, and as proof we’ve returned exactly fourteen days days later with our fourth episode ready to be shared across the world wide web. We know a lot of you have asked about getting this show on iTunes, and we promise that is on our immediate to-do list. For now, you can stream and download this show, as well as the rest of the Inside Music series, on Soundcloud

On this week’s episode, author and Modern Vinyl contributor James Cassar joins us for a conversation on life, love, and the pursuit of writing. James and I have been digital friends for a little over a year at this point, but the recording of this podcast was the first time we had actually had a real conversation with each other. You can tell we’re still trying to figure the other one out in a way, but in the end laughs are had and great stories are shared.

I told James this a bit when we were recording the show, but he is one of the few online writers I make it a point to read on a regular basis. His insight into music, as well as his sense of wordplay, are second to none in this industry. The best part of all is that he’s very much still getting started, which means he likely has many big, brilliant accomplishments on the horizon. To have him on the show is an honor, and I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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For the last couple weeks we have started this recap feature by sharing whatever record was spinning around the Haulix offices the past week. It’s inadvertently becomes something we look forward to sharing with our readers, causing many internal discussions about which clips and tracks should make the cut. Does it need to be this complicated? Not really. We just want to share great music while we are able and go from there. So, this week, please take a moment and meet become acquainted with The Last Bison:

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.

We hate to keep you in suspense, but the biggest announcement of this week is actually something we have to keep secret for the time being. We can say that we are trying to revolutionize our already industry leading tools in ways that will make promo creation easier than ever for clients, but that’s all we can reveal right now. The rest will be rolling out soon, and you’ll find out about it first right here on this very blog. Maybe next week.

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Hello again. Thank you for joining us today. We have spent a lot of this week talking about the industry and how bands can better there efforts, but before we head into the weekend there is one additional industry profile that we wish to share. If you’re into photography, this post is 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 and share your thoughts. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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It’s not every day that someone writes us with a request that we consider their work in regards to planning our future content, but I have to be honest and tell you those are the email I open as fast as I possibly can. Why? Because it takes a special breed of person to speak out and let the world know they are doing whatever it takes to chase their dreams. Some people who do this may come across as egotistical at times, sure, but from my experience the people in the industry who are most vocal about their efforts have the results needed to back up their statements more often than not. This is a business that demands individuals take their career into their own hands if they ever hope to get ahead, and today we are thrilled to introduce you to one young woman who is doing just that.

Allison Newbold, otherwise known as Ally, has been building her reputation as a music photographer with an eye unlike any other since 2008. She knew she had a passion for photography from a very young age, and she realized early in her teen years that in order to make her hobby anything that could one day resemble a career she would have to do whatever she could to position herself for success. She shot every show she could attend, honing her skills and networking with groups of all sizes along the way, but things did not really begin to take off until Ally moved to Philadelphia in 2012. 

I never knew Ally’s name prior to working on this feature, but as soon as I began to scroll through her photography I realized I had been enjoying her work for years. She has an eye for this medium like very few do, and considering how young she still is it’s very likely that talent will only continue to develop in the years to come. Even more important than that however, is the fact Ally has taken her career into her own hands, accepting responsibility for her successes and failures as they come. It’s something I wish every young industry professional could do, and my hope is that learning Ally’s story will encourage others to take it upon themselves to make positive changes in their own lives.

If you would like to see Ally’s work and learn more about her life in music, click here to visit her official website. Additional questions and comments can be left at the end of this post.

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H: Before we begin, please take a moment and introduce yourself:

A: Hello, my name is Ally Newbold! Thank you for having me.

H: It’s great to have you with us, Ally. It’s rare that someone comes to us looking to be featured, but I am happy that you did. There’s so many people working in and around blogging today it’s often hard to figure out who has the best story to tell. Yours is pretty great, but before we get to it we should tell everyone a bit about your past. What memories of music do you have from your childhood?

A: Music has always been an important aspect of my life. As a kid, my dad would listen to a lot of jazz and blues but I found myself listening to pop music at a young age. I would dance in my room to Britney Spears and aspire to be as cool as Hilary Duff. I also had a huge crush on Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys and also was a huge Green Day fan. Music has always played a major role in my life and I would not trade it for anything.

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Hello, everyone! Thank you for taking a little time out of your schedule to spend with us. We haven’t run as many advice columns as we typically do this week, but hopefully the appearance of this article will make a difference. Vinyl is big right now, but it’s not as big as everyone seems to think, and as a result it can cause serious problems for unsigned bands seeking to press their next release.

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.

Before we begin I just wanted to say that this article was inspired by the news that the soundtrack to Forrest Gump is being pressed to triple disc vinyl in the near future. That said, it’s written with the hope of saving unsigned artists from taking on unnecessary debt for the sake of coming across as cool or hip.

It’s impossible to search for news on the music industry without stumbling across articles highlighting the continued decline in record sales. In fact, the only area of music sales that has seen any kind of consistent growth in recent years has been vinyl. Yes, the format many once thought dead has made a resurgence, causing labels of all sizes to begin pressing many more albums each year than the year(s) prior. What was once a popular trend amongst indie labels has now caught the attention of majors, thanks in part to events like Record Store Day, and as a result the market has become flooded with albums that, at least in my opinion, never really needed to be pressed to vinyl in the first place. More importantly, this upward trend in vinyl sales has led many unsigned artists to press their own records without the support of a label. I’m as big a fan of DIY artists as anyone you are likely to find in 2014, but as someone who owns a small record label and understands the costs associated with these releases I believe there are far better ways artists could be investing their money. 

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Hello, everyone. If you have been a longtime reader of this blog you may recall that our Journalism Tips series used to run each and every Saturday afternoon. With the recent launch of our podcast, however, that column has spent the past few weeks on vacation. That is, until today.

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.

There was a time in the distant digital past when a writer did not necessarily need to understand search engine optimization (SEO) in order to be successful online. Today, that kind of digital ignorance will only lead to a writer’s continued ambiguity in the world of music. In order to be successful online in 2014 you must have at least a basic grasp on SEO, but if not there are many, many resources available to help get you started. We cannot claim to have mastered this process ourselves, but we have done our best to gather the basic information you need to know in order to start creating content with a higher likelihood of landing on the front page of Google, Bing, and whatever search engines rise in the future. I’m not sure this will be a series, but if response demands it we will certainly share more.

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