Bill Meis is a Senior Publicity Manager at eOne Music since 2009. I came across Bill sometime in 2014 during the release of Crowbar album “Symmetry In Black“. Since then there has been no looking back. Recently I got a chance to Interview Bill about his journey into the world of journalism and this is what he had to say:
Greetings, Bill. What do you love about your job and what was it that sparked the inception of your journey into the world of Journalism?
I’d call myself a few things, but a journalist isn’t one of them. Enjoying what I do on a daily basis is what I love about being a music publicist. Loving music first and foremost was the spark.
What are some of the day-to-day practices you follow in your job and how do you plan your work?
Rigid organization, keeping an even keel and taking deep breaths would be a few day to day practices. I use things like Google Docs, OmniFocus, Text Expander to plan my work.
Competition, Criticism, and Risk are all part of today’s world, what are some of your strategies? What is the driving factor?
Staying relevant, up to speed on new tech are two big driving factors. Listening first, talking second is a key strategy I don’t follow nearly enough.
What were some of the biggest road blocks you faced (internal or external) in the path between you and your passion?
Taking the work too personally and my big mouth were/are two two big roadblocks. It’s a double edged sword. You take it personally because you’re passionate about it, but for a lot of people it’s still just a means to an end.
Owing to how rapidly changing the industry has become, what steps do you take to stay relevant?
Keeping your feet on the ground. Go to shows, use new tools whenever you can and always keep the big picture in mind.
How has been your experience at eOne Music so far? Keeping the piracy of music & drop of album sales in mind, what steps have eOne Music taken in-order to upgrade them with the change in market?
Couldn’t be happier. We use Haulix to battle against piracy, and are very happy with it. We use good A&R to battle against declining sales. Good music will always rise to the top.
Have you ever had to face fanaticism or any other form of revolt in your line of field, if so what are some of your counter-measures?
Absolutely. Working a red carpet or doing press in public places will always present opportunities for super fans to get involved. Trying to accommodate to the best of your ability is the best way to counter them.
Who is your biggest motivational role model? And what kind of a role model would you like to be?
I look up folks like Merlin Mann, Ryan Downey, Amy Sciaretto, Dan Benjamin. I would love to be the kind of role model that encourages people to find their own voice in whatever industry they’re in. Have your own identity, make yourself in-disposable.
Journalism has branched into various types and styles in today’s generation with new media types like the internet and pod-casting. What do you think is the future of journalism and journalists alike?
It’s an exciting time! With the barrier to entry going lower and lower, the good journalists will rise to the top but there will also be more noise than ever. It’s a lot like music!
Since Journalism is quite a diverse job, it’s not like you get a fixed holiday. So how do you unwind? What do you do to get your mind off work?
Any married man with two kids will tell you, it’s not difficult to get your mind off work once you head home.
If it weren’t for what you are doing today, what do you think you would be doing instead?Would you still choose this career knowing what you know now?
That’s hard to answer, maybe a teacher.
Can you share word or two for those who are potentially inspired by you?
Don’t be a jerk. You truly can catch more flies with honey.
How has been your experience of working with Metal Wani?
Thank you for sparing sometime, Bill. I appreciate it 🙂