We are musicians, and therefore broke - obviously we should sign any deal we get! Right? NO!!!
April 14, 2012 6:44 PM Subscribe
Recording an album, and trying to strike a deal with the sound engineer / producer so we don't go broke. Are we signing in to a good deal or a bad deal?
posted by klausman to media & arts (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm in the process of recording a full length album with my up-and-coming band that has shown a lot of commercial viability and promise - this particular recording started out as a humble, "live-capture" type of deal, but has snowballed into a much more involved, and therefore much more expensive project.
In the interest of putting out the best possible product while not bankrupting ourselves, our studio engineer has offered us a "points" system, where we would get a 25% discount ($30/hr instead of $40) in return for 15% of the return profits after/if 2000 copies are sold, all put down on a signed contract. Does this seem fairly reasonable, or "standard" for the industry, taking into consideration the fact that he has contributed heavily on the production aspects of the recording (allowing us to use his fancy gear and instruments, offering up lots of insightful and useful tips on "filling out" our sound, et al) and has voiced an interest in being an advocate for us as we try to break in to the big leagues of the industry?
Any people with music industry backgrounds care to chime in? We trust and like this guy, and if our recording does well, we think it would be fair that he get some retroactive compensation; he treated us very well when we recorded our EP with him, and we certainly don't get the sense that he's trying to put one over on us, but we want something that is going to be fair, especially if this "deal" is going to last to perpetuity. Any feedback would be appreciated.