So, you have spoken so candidly, and it is very exciting reading, because it feels like you are just being honest, not holding back.
Can you describe what happened to the artists from Chicago? Basically, I have been screwed by labels as well. You never get the money owed, and even if you work out contracts, many times it only gives you reason to sue, if you have the money, which we usually don't. I have even found that they don't even respond to an email or phone call once the record is out. There are labels who were all smiles until the record was released, ,they might have still owed me half the advance etc..and I literally NEVER heard from them again. Sometimes you are lucky to get a label copy or even a test press.
SO, can you share some experiences/lessons from both people who have made mistakes, and people who did not?
I know artist 'A' owns all his music, while artist 'B' owns none but got more promotion which led to more DJ gigs etc... who is better off? any of those ok now?