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Should absent band members pay for recording session?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by TopBillinBass, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. TopBillinBass


    Jan 2, 2011
    I've got a situation here.

    My band (7 piece ska band) booked a day in the recording studio for January 27th with everyone agreeing that they could make it that day. In the past we always split the recording studio fees equally.

    Turns out 1 of our 2 trombonists can't make it to the recording session even after saying that he would be able to. We have the ability to record without him since we can have our 2nd trombonist do his parts for him.

    However, since we are all in a band collectively, do we have him pay his share of the recording studio fees?

    Link to my band's soundcloud for reference


    Thanks for your input guys!
  2. LB75


    Aug 29, 2009
    Austell Georgia
  3. I'd base this on how much notice he gave you. If it was 2 weeks or more, I'd say no. If it was short notice, then yes.
  4. I think yes, too. He's in the band, it's the band's recording, his inability to properly schedule should not be any one else's problem.
  5. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Ask the studio owner. Maybe he'll give you a 6/7ths rate. Then charge the 2nd trombone player and additional 1/7th, for overdubs. You might get in and out for 7/7ths. :D
  6. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Will he benefit from the recording? (Are you selling it at shows, using it as a promo to book more shows, etc.?)

    If so then yes he should pay his share (or go without his share of the benefits).
  7. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal

    Just my perspective, but ALL recording costs should be split evenly, regardless of one's presence.
  8. Nick Dilley

    Nick Dilley

    Mar 25, 2012

    If you guys are a "all for one, one for all" type of group--like, you all want to make it in the biz--then particularly yes.

    If this player isn't "officially" part of the band, then no. But in most cases, I would say yes.

    Is he an invested player in the group? Yes? Then yes. No? Then no, don't make him pay.

    Just my opinion.
  9. Absolutely! If he suggests another date and it's rescheduled, great. If he simply cancels, he needs to pay his portion.
  10. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    if you are going to use the recording and he is going to benefit from it, i.e. sell CDs or use it as a demo, then he should split the cost. IMHO anyway.
  11. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Yes as this is a band project. :)
  12. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    Add another 'yes' from me. If he's benefiting from the recording then he should pay his fair share.
  13. Well, I guess there could be a few things to think about. Was is a justified reason, will it likely loose him from the band, can he replaced if so, etc

    What I would do is put it to him. If the recording is likely to produce some income for you, ask him if he would like any of that money. If he does, then make him pay.

    Also agree on the time frame. Over all, I think he should pay unless it is an exceptional reason he can't make it & he doesn't want any profits
  14. Yeppers. Band project, equal split. His own fault if he can't make it. He'll still reap the benefit from the product.
  15. mikegug


    Oct 31, 2011

    Hired gun? No.

    Will he share in the "benefit" of having the recording produced? Yes.
  16. Does he want to go in the studio by himself afterwards to record his part?
  17. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Your post kind of resembles the drum notation for a Dream Theater song. :D
  18. tomnomnom91


    Dec 23, 2012
    Absolutely, yes. Why should the rest of you have to pay more, and the other trombonist have the inconvenience of having to record the extra parts, because you've been let down by a band member who'd already said he could be there?
  19. metlman72


    Jun 29, 2011
    Long Island NY
    Yes, as already stated it is a band recording session. I believe the final product (demo, record), whatever it is should be split equally. Bass and drum tracks are usually done first with the rest being scratch tracks. I still pay my share for the remaining sessions and most times will sit in on them, although I am not recording.

    @jmattbassplaya, I really dig the scared to love track. Its got a great hook and turnaround, well written song.
  20. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Not only would I charge him, but I would list him on the recording. He is a band member, no?