So I helped to form a band (I was close friends with the "mastermind"). I produced their first CD and did some other demo and EP work for them. Lots of fluffy talk about how they'd always come to me to get their stuff done, yadda yadda yadda.
I ended up joining the band because they needed a slot filled and I knew the guys and the material, but I wasn't a great fit for the band. Bad management and band politics were enough to make me throw in the towel and I think that was best for everyone. This time around when they wanted to record, instead of coming to me, they decided to go to a "producer" at a local "studio" (producer means guy who owns a studio, and studio is 3 leased out offices in a medical office building and gear that's pro-sumer at best).
This guy charges them $4,000 for a 4 song EP. When I found out that my "friend" actually paid that much for it, I was fuming because for doing the same thing he agreed to pay me 1/8th of that and never fully paid me. But I thought, well, this guy is supposedly a real "producer", right? (I warned them he was a hack the first time I met him and he talked about being a producer and having worked for Sony but yet he didn't know the name "Genelec")
Today the tracks are finally available on MySpace. I was excited to listen because despite the BS that's gone on, they make great music and I was hoping to get a great recording. Well... they spent $4,000 on 16-bit dog turds. Seriously, it sounds like something a 13 year old would make. So now I've got these mixed feelings.
1. Ego boost for me because this guy couldn't mix his way through a Betty Crocker recipe and I'm sure that with the same raw material I could've made something easily radio-worthy.
2. Serves them right for over-paying some jerk with a lease on office space instead of someone who actually cared about their music.
3. I honestly feel bad that they're now out four grand because they got suckered by this dude.
Ever been in a similar situation? Their bass player, who I'm still buddies with, posted a bulletin asking what people thought. I told him honestly I was disappointed in what this guy did (or didn't do) for their sound. Not trying to rub it in, but they deserved better than that.