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Scams & Rip-Offs

Blog Article - Scams & Rip-Offs

In Los Angeles, the rock music scene is so damned overcrowded, the bands have to "pay to play" in L.A. - there are now so many bands wanting to showcase in clubs, the L.A. clubs are charging bands to let them play. At least, that hasn't happened here - yet!!

Play for free in Nashville is more common, again, because they have so many groups there wanting to use a club as a showcase. You pretty much have to play for free there now, or not play there at all. Nashville is not as bad as L.A. yet, but it's getting there.

Play for free in Nashville is more common, again, because they have so many groups there wanting to use a club as a showcase. You pretty much have to play for free there now, or not play there at all. Nashville is not as bad as L.A. yet, but it's getting there.

Compilation Cds are another way of people getting your money, but there are some legitimate compilations out there. Here's how to tell them apart. If it's a local CD compilation, you will know who the other people on the CD are, and what's gonna be done with it.

At worst, you'll spend a little money, but have some Cds out of the deal that you can use to showcase your group. And it's an inexpensive way for a few bands to share the cost of the recording sessions, and the cost of manufacturing the CD.

The compilation Cds to watch out for are the ones that imply their CD is going to a lot of radio stations and record companies. And they want anywhere from $500 to $2,500 from your band for this glorious opportunity.

They won't tell you what record companies, which radio stations, or even who else is gonna be on this disc. Here's a clue - ever heard any radio stations around here (and Dallas is a major music market) play any compilation Cds? And record companies just trash those kinds of compilation CDs.

So what's the answer? You must learn to ask just what the group is getting for their money? Who have they done this for before? What were the results? Can you get some names and phone numbers to verify this for yourself? Do they have samples of previous discs they've done? What are their credentials?

Along this same line of thinking, there are studios out there that promise you low rates or blocks of time, but they don't tell you about all the hidden charges, or their qualifications. It's not a scam exactly, just a way to lure you in with promises of inexpensive recording sessions (that seem to keep going up in add-on expenses.

Again, You have to to ask just what the group is getting for their money? Who have they done this for before? What were the results? Do they have samples of previous discs they've done? What equipment do they have? Do you get the feeling that they know how to use it? Is the engineer that did what you're hearing still there? Do they seem interested in your music?

It's your money - spend it wisely.

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