The Dotted Line To Disappointment -步步高i606

… A first hand account of the industries con-artists. James Kirby’s experience of a record label con: Ok so… Let’s set the scene. You’ve spent x amount of years times y amount of effort minus z amount of money. You enjoy what you do, are proud of what you’ve done and you want to start seeing a return from your well spent time. This was me. I had done the open mic nights and the paid music scene. I’d played in the UK and Toronto and I had a great producer. Well, after four years of hard work I thought I had a pretty good start… And one day, after an interesting email it seemed someone else did too. The fact of the matter is that these days the internet has made the music business easy but also incredibly hard. You just log onto a music site, press a button and BAM! A whole selection of unsigned artists doing what they do is spread out before you. A couple of emails later and you’ve got yourself a music deal. You get invited to a meeting at an office building with a guy in a suit who listens and critiques your demo CD, whilst in the interim you see the team at work through the window behind and your eye flicks over the photos of this guy shaking hands with Simon Cowell… AND IT’S A SIGNED PHOTO! You’ve already done some research on the website of the .pany and on the forums. The contract is laid on the table, it seems reasonable and your heart races. You see a fee at the bottom of the page but that is only for the marketing and initial promotional photos/video. The record deal itself is free. Your brain tries to reason with this fact to justify the marketing fee. Hand moves, papers signed and you’re done. To be entirely honest the whole process seemed quite rushed… When I mentioned any queries I had to go through at least three people to get an answer and at that point, with so many interactions I had slightly forgotten the ideal answers I was looking for. There was a point where I wanted to back out, I got scared, I wanted my hard work to mean something and not be.e cheapened by a potential scam. I said "thanks for the time but…" And at this point the deputy and manager shot in like a flash with .ments like "this is a one in a million chance…" and "with you, were going to make waves.".. I was even offered a glass of red wine to celebrate. I was so close to pulling out that they even offered to review the price of the deal. Or at least they said they would. I felt trapped… The pressure was there but in a subtle way, I even was made to feel as though I owed them this. Two days after this brief summary of events I was called back for the photo shoot and interview which was to be made available online, not forgetting of course to settle the costs. Within a week the marketing (in this case an Ebook) is on show on the website and I am actually feeling pretty .fortable with the absence of 800 from my wallet. Things were on the up. Looking back on it the crack of the noose was deafening, it’s just the speed of the drop that caused me to misjudge it for casual birdsong. For 6 months I heard nothing of the .pany. Emails were sent, few replied and my calls missed due to "influx of business." There really is nothing like good customer care. All of a sudden a call .es through saying that my "official single launch date is through" and that I should prepare myself for an exclusive performance. And it was exclusive I will admit. It was myself and a few other artists from the label. All access passes for the guests… which consisted of myself and all of the other 12 artist. And the venue was sublime (insert sarcastic gesture here)… For a random warehouse off the A41. I sighed and thought to myself with disappointment "… Treat it as another open mic during champions league season.". The warehouse was a sty with terrible sound management and the fact the audience were simply the artists was a let down. I began to talk with the other artists and they’d all been caught on the same web, for different reasons but caught none the less. And I DO have to say some of their artists were really so very good and deserve so much more than what they received. My mind jumps back to the lady who interviewed me originally. Even she had walked away from the .pany. She was funny and kind hearted but when she discovered what the business actually did she packed her desk and walked away. Even her dreams had been shattered. I gave up on music for three months. I should have seen the red lights and heard the alarms. Upon informing the .pany of my desired termination of contract I got a call, I was offered a paid gig! 45 minutes for 30 in a sports bar 32 miles away. They were not letting go easily. I played, faked a smile, drank up and left. I hear now that all songs that were put on itunes by the label that have sold have not seen a penny back to the artists that created them. A "Revolt" is currently in process. I was lucky that mine was too long a track for their budget and that I remain in my own copyright. According to news the .pany has gone into liquidation. Though I have seen the manager still doing his best through other means to take the pennies from the pockets of honest musicians. Now I’m not actually bothered about what happened anymore. it’s a great pub story and a life lesson. I’m still playing and still doing it for the love of it. But there was a time where I felt ashamed and crippled by the event. I was 20 and after a long, hard ride I thought my luck was about to change. Apparently not. I will not name and shame in this article as that is not our goal here. And prior to the contract Yes I did research the forums, the website, contact other artists and even the .pany registration. And it was all infront of me. Every i was dotted and t crossed. Varied opinions both good and bad. When I asked the Suited Man himself about some of the negative cyber-press his reply was: "Ah, I thought this would .e up, but I do appreciate the effort you put in to researching us. Now, we offer a service to our clients and unfortunately sometimes our clients aren’t well received by the public. Sadly we are the middle man and we get the blame for the result." This seemed understandable and I found myself feeling quite empathetic toward the .pany. Public demand, dissatisfied clients and their egos, but then he reaffirmed my suspicions without my realising… "See any one can start a forum or multiple accounts to imply negatives. Anyone can start a website and pretend to be something they’re not… So please put your mind at ease and think of the positive feedback you’ve seen." As if butter wouldn’t melt. This changed my perspective on every bad word I heard or read about the label because I believed him. There is an article recently in the web that quotes that this unnamed manager is "…pure evil!" and even "… The Devil!" How can we (as musicians) avoid these things? Firstly, if money is mentioned: Turn and walk away. These people need you, you don’t need them. Research their artists: Email and talk with them. Fixed decision times: Take your time to accept or decline. If they want you they’ll wait. Persuasion: No means No! If they try to change your mind with more promises just tell them where to go. My last piece of advice: Trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right it really isn’t worth the energy of thinking about it. 相关的主题文章: