So, I've had some really sh*tty luck this year when trying to freelance at some different studios. I'm in St. Louis, and I've worked at a bunch of studios here, and I have been in some in LA and Chicago. I understand how the business works, and I truly believe that it can be both good for me and the studio.
I am a very reasonable guy. Treat me good, I'll treat you good. But what is it with these studios that jerk you around??? I just got cancelled on three times in a row from a studio in St. Louis. I booked studio time, and the owner new exactly what my purpose was. I was trying to finish a mix in this room, and I had a couple other tracking sessions I was ready to book. He cancelled on me three times in a week and a half.
Then another studio that I wanted to establish a relationship with here, I was going to have him do a mix for me just to give him some business and see what he could do. A) He was on his phone way too much B) He dogged my engineering (I know there were problems, but there are other ways to handle) and C) the mix was not good. When I asked about the main rhythm guitar tone that didn't at all fit with the mix, his response "That's a mastering thing." You gotta be kidding me...
So, he gave me a disc, I said when are we gonna finish, and he was kinda caught off guard. He said he could make some final tweaks tomorrow since it was still up on the console. I had already paid since I was trying to establish a good rapport with him. Yeah, he kept telling me he would do it tomorrow, later this week, blah blah blah. That was February. Still never finished the mix. I've emailed him, nothing.
So, yeah, what can we do about this type of treatment?? I'm the easiest person to work with, and I treat other people's gear better than my own. I clean up, take trash out, do dishes, etc... How come I have to deal with this stuff??? I guess I'm going to stop being the "nice guy" and start getting down to business.
Anyone else have these issues??????