9th December 2012
I've got nothing against shop or warehouse workers but the job they do is not a finely honed trade that should attract professional wages. Mixing records is, and by charging low amounts of money you devalue the work of people who have spent a long time learning that trade.
Generally people will get who they want to mix their records. If they want you, they will pay proper money for you. If they don't want you, well, it doesn't matter what you charge does it, you won't get the gig. There is no need at any stage to charge low money, you are devaluing your own work and the work of others.
In the long term you will become 'that guy who works for cheap'. As soon as you put your rates up as this poster suggests, you will no longer be the guy who works for cheap you will just be another guy again. People will always treat you as a cheap source of decent work, not a serious business. I played that game for a while and I had to get out because I was being taken for a mug.
If you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Anyone who's happy to get monkeys mixing their records is not going to carry you in this industry so get people used to the idea that if they want to use your skills they need to pay you proper money for it.