Originally Posted by two fingers
Keithwah NAILED it.
It doesn't matter how many jobs one guy does. He should get paid for EVERY job he does. He's getting 15% for booking. That's pretty standard (usually between 10% and 20%). No scandal there at all.
Now, as far as sound goes, what is he bringing? That, and ONLY that answers the question of whether or not he's taking you for a ride for sound. If he's bringing two Peavey SP2s on stick with a couple of CS-800 power amps, then yes, he's sticking it to you. But if he is bringing a full on system with a couple of 2-15 tops and 2-18 subs, a nice FOH board, a decent monitor board, nice mics, and setting it all up, then he's not screwing you at all.
Now, how much the gig pays should have NOTHING to do with how much the sound company makes. (I ran my own sound company for quite a while so I have context.) If I am setting up the same system, providing the same number of mics, speakers, watts, channels, hours, etc. then WHY should my FEE be any different just because YOU are making less? That makes no sense at all. I am providing the same goods and services. Here's what you do about the sound. Figure out what he is bringing. Then call some other sound companies in the area and ask what they would charge for the SAME kind of system in the SAME clubs. If you don't compare apples to apples, then there's no reason to call. Once you do that, then and ONLY then will you know if he is ripping you off on sound.
Again, if he is doing TWO JOBS he should get TWO PAYCHECKS. And how much one paycheck is has NOTHING to do with how much the other is. He is NOT double dipping as stated earlier. He is doing TWO JOBS. You do ONE. You show up and play. He does TWO. He makes calls and builds relationships with club owners and festival committees while you are at home playing your Xbox (or whatever you do on your off time). In other words, you don't have to do that job because HE DOES. And then he does AT LEAST the same amount of work that YOU DO at the shows (I would argue MORE, but again, I have owned a sound company so.....).
I'm glad your gig went well. And I'm glad you are more worried about you than what someone else is getting.