From The Bottom Of Our Hearts, Thank You.

Hello, everyone! This is the final post of 2014 for us, and it also happens to be our first article to go live after passing the 500 post mark. To know you’re still here and engaged with what we have to say is the greatest gift we could hope to receive, and we hope the content we have planned for the year ahead gives you even more reason to stick around. Together we are working towards a more productive and communal music industry, which is something this crazy business desperately needs. That would not be possible without your readership and constant participation in our various discussions. For that, and everything else you do, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you.

2014 was a wild and crazy year for Haulix. Without listing everything we accomplished, we did launch our mobile platform, unveil new watermarking technology, release an automated takedown tool, and create a profile system for the thousands of press people who engage with our platform on a daily basis. On top of this, we released numerous minor updates to our service, including tweaks to promo creation and design, as well as our completely revamped company blog.

Speaking of this site, we ran over 250 article this year, including more than 100 interviews with various music industry professionals. We also launched our podcast, Inside Music, and we collaborated with a number of influential writing veterans. We hope to continue all of this throughout 2015, but we’re going to add a few new features along the way as well. Again, that wouldn’t be happening without your support. Heck, I (James Shotwell) don’t even know if I would still have this awesome job that allows me to write these posts and make a living doing so if it were not for the thousands of you who stop by every month. Your continued support literally puts food on our tables, and we take great pride in having such a close, transparent relationship with consumers.

You probably have a lot of things to do before the new year arrives, including partying like it’s 1999 even though that year came and went more than a decade ago, but it was very important to us that this letter be drafted and shared. As a business that doesn’t exactly face the general public, we thrive on word of mouth, and this year we received an outpouring of support that humbled us a great deal. Again, for that, as well as everything else you do to be a part of this movement we’ve started, thank you.

2015 is going to be insane. We’re going to give you our best and we hope you stick around to see what that entails. Have a wonderful new year celebration.

Best,

Haulix

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.