Superficially yes i agree, but think a little deeper…
foolmon is doing nothing wrong at all… it covers both parties’ interests… i think he just might have dodged a bullet.
There are certain, subtle things i do now when dealing with this type of situation to see how people react, it can give one a lot of insight into people’s attitudes and motives.
I don’t charge a penny for what i do here, i do it for fun and i seriously enjoy the challenge of pushing myself in ways i still can because of health problems so it’s a case of i can get a lot of pleasure purely from working on a project and i’m happy with that.
I get quite a lot of requests from people i know and via people i know. Many of the projects have involved some seriously good people and it’s been a hugely rewarding journey in those respects.
The relevant part of this is that i also get requests from people that essentially involve myself having to take a hurriedly ‘written song’ of theirs (usually done on their own cubase seteup that hey love showing people but don’t actually know how to use themselves), record their nasty, cheap and badly performed guitar and tuneless vocals and miraculously turn it into something vaguely resembling music… this happens on an all too frequent basis unfortunately which is why i filter people out by making things conditional… hence your contract. If someone complains that they don’t want to develop their idea a little further or practice a part until they can perform it regularly without making mistakes then i walk away.
you’ve spent A LOT of time, effort and money on your setup and getting to grips with it, someone who isn’t willing to sign an agreement to something ANY even half decent/mindful musician would have no issue with as most of what’s expected of them would occur by default… i.e. not wrecking equipment, being on time etc is likely to be a pain in the arse so i’ve learned from personal experience… they’re just not worth the hassle!
If someone has an issue with that, essentially behaving like a decent person, then walk away mate… if they get back to you with a signed contract meanwhile then nice one! … just get back on the bike and keep peddling mate