Quote Steve Hill:
Well there's still no word from them and my deadline for payment before I litigate expires at the weekend, although I'll probably give them a few days' grace.
Meanwhile, I've emailed a "bad credit risk" warning, stating the facts in a non-defamatory way, to every studio near Brighton I can find on a Google search!
The "producer" guy is just a hanger-on friend on the songwriter with (on his own admission) a cracked copy of Cubase in his bedroom. He had some very bizarre ideas about how to record electric guitars and acoustic grand pianos! I explained to the band when they were here that he was more of a hindrance than a help, but they're in denial.
I did get a £300 deposit being an estimated 30% of the recording costs (but not accommodation costs). I'm changing to 50% of everything henceforth. If they're serious, they'll pay it. If not, they get weeded out before we all get grief, and if I end up having to swallow a loss, it's not such a big loss!
Thanks all for your ideas.
Be sure to post the conclusion to this!
Having been the victor in small claims court situation before ( a non music related incident ) I had faced a similar £100+ charge and around a 100 mile trip. I did win however the other party claimed a lesser income than was true and was able to get away with a pitiful £10 monthly payment for a bill of around £2000.
In your case Steve I realise this kind of outcome would be of little convienience against the amount of hassle it would be to take this people to court, it is probably likely. If you have written documentation however informal it should work in your favour, however musicians being musicians can probably get away with this insult of a payment plan.
However, personally whatever the outcome, even if it was 10p per month i was paid back, I would pursue on a matter of of principle. For me, things like this really stick in my throat so much, irrelevant of the inconvience the moral victory is more important