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Sheer Zed

A good and interesting article. Music is indeed a Mithraic and unusual business to find oneself involved with at any level. Sound, in Hindu and Buddhist thought, is the underlying thing that runs the cosmos. The vibration of "AUM" symbolizes the manifestation of God in form. My own personal journey into music would need a book. Hopefully one day I'll have the honour of Bruce finding me. Until then I will continue to read and comment on Hypebot, one of the finest music blogs around.

Andrew McMillen

Absolutely inspirational, Kyle. Congratulations on your path so far. I look forward to seeing where this next opportunity takes you.


Inspiring post! Good luck in your new position as fulltime Hypebot editor, looking forward to the upcoming articles and essays!

Daniel Holter

As a fellow music pro with extensive ND roots (Hatton) I wanted to say congrats and great job.

Keep up the great work with Hypebot, Kyle!

Enig Mue

Congrats man, great story
*clap for him

Jackie Otero

What a great, honest story. I teach Music Business to undergrads and I think this will be inspirational to them in a very "real" way. I found myself in a similar position, when I decided to leave New York to return to my hometown, and my boss told me I'd kill my career because there is no music business in Orlando. Every path is different, but there is "music business" everywhere!


Kyle, I've been in the music for over 20 years, I was wondering if you can help me get a gig at Target, they have better benefits, best of luck !!!

Kyle Bylin

*laughs* Bob, I believe you can still apply online and search for stores in your area.

Kyle Bylin

Jackie thank you for commenting--that was the point of this post. Though, at times, I may have over shared on my part, I wanted to give as detailed of a description of my experiences and journey into the music industry as possible. I think it’s very neat that you will take the time to share this post with your students.

Jackie Otero

Absolutely, I know they will love it :)


Hey Jackie,
I was wondering why you moved back if that's not too personal, I just moved to NYC for a job in the music industry but I don't think I can make it here for a bunch of reasons. But I don't want to ruin my career options, do you have any suggestions?

Jackie Otero

Lived far from my family for many years, and eventually decided to go back to be near them! Feel free to contact me via www.jackieomedia.com :)

Austin Mayer

Great stuff Kyle! Something I realized pretty early on is that there are no music industry jobs. You have to create one or at least the opportunity for one. I too spent about 24 months grinding it out in various industry internships and restaurant jobs before starting my own digital marketing company / consulting firm. That time allowed me to develop my desire to understand, create and push the envelope. You're spot on with your sum up: "sometimes if you want to see the bigger picture, you have to paint it yourself."

Great post, I'm really looking forward to reading more of your full time work at Hypebot! What did you think of the Topspin/Berklee course btw?

Hilke Ros

Interesting post, Kyle.

I think the main lesson is that you focused on this one goal.

I started a music internet start-up without any technological background, I'm still busy as a musician (fortunately that is becoming a surprising local success now here in Belgium: www.amatorski.be ), but after all, what I'm really good at, is thinking and writing and analyzing. My start-up has a blog, but I always must force myself to keep it updated.

I'm happy for you. You focused and you got where you want to be. I should learn from that :-)

Kyle Bylin

It's not always easy to blog, but like any creative habit it can be learned. Thanks for commenting and for sharing your story.

Kyle Bylin

I liked the course quite a bit; it would be quite hard to find a better course, one that covers so much ground and makes it relevant to what your doing. It all depends on your situation, much like anything. Thanks for the comment.

Kyle Bylin

Andrew, I look forward to seeing where your writing takes you as well.

Kyle Bylin

One on choice overload should be ready soon.


By just looking at the title of this post I was preparing to laugh because I thought it was going to be bad.

But this is very thoughtful and honest post that every "music" business majors or whomever want to work in the music industry should read and learn lessons from... I am about your age also and I did, met, and went through many crazy stuff to end up where I wanted to be at the first place - concert industry.

Sadly many fellow college graduates these days think they can just automatically get a job somewhere after getting "music" business degree from some college - and even at their internships they only work minimal hours required and leave as soon as it hits 5 o'.

And they wonder and ask me how they are still unemployed after endless "internships".

Congratulations on all your accomplishments - you truly deserved it.


Great to read your story. I've thought for a long time that blogging would be a key way to get into the music industry. I'm still attempting to define my role, but I do believe that staying in my hometown [Adelaide, South Australia] and writing about the local scene and the small-town attitudes that affect it, will get me closer to achieving my dreams than shipping over to Sydney as everyone else does.

Thanks for writing. I'll be reading a lot more from now.


A very inspiring post Kyle... I've had interns do things I cant BELIEVE.... The ones who worked hard came early and stayed late are the ones who work with me now.

it's not easy - it takes massive tenacity.... I painted the frickin' bathroom at the first label I worked for and that was even after I got the job - why? b/c the bloody bathroom needed painting and I was the employee who noticed that it did.

Kudos to you.

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Very well for you. Dreaming of a music job like yours, but I have much more to travel. I salute you!

Sam K

Kyle you have proved once again that the secret to success is hard work and persistance.

Unfortuantely you've also reminded me that my own youth was such a complete waste of time. :(

Tina Teresi

Every day I get down on myself for not having a full time job in the industry...it lasts about 10 minutes.
In order to do what I love (A&R)(and still support myself) I have 3 part time jobs, about to add a 4th, and a music blog. After reading your blog today, I decided to pat myself on the back for all of my efforts and still pursing my dream, since my college degree was a focus on the music industry. We have a very similar path, I guess I'm just waiting for my Bruce Houghton to come along. Best of luck to you, thanks for the lines of inspiration from Vaynerchuk -"Patience and Passion".

Jenn Gallacher

This is a great bit of awesomeness for a Wednesday morning! Personally I think you should make a t-shirt that says "Seth Godin was the first person to comment on my post". That is a priceless story.

Kyle Bylin

Jenn, thanks for the comment and funny idea.  It would sure put me into my own little tribe in public.


Thank you for this inspiring story! It's people like you Kyle, that give young wannabe music business professionals like me a reason to keep going!


I don't know how I missed this post in June, but I'm really glad I found it now. It's a great post and seems pretty representative of the way things usually happen in this business. Very inspirational. Congrats and good luck. Definitely tweeting this.


how long should i go to colege to get a job in the music industry? most perferably A&R scout?


You inspire me! I like the fact that you created your own job and made it profitable!

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