This isn’t strictly to do with Steinberg, but seeing as I made my tracks in Cubase and you lot are so good, I thought I’d see if any of you could give me some decent advice (hopefully experience based).
I’ve released a couple of DnB tracks now on a small label. Very simple contracts, and the label manager was agreeable to me changing some terms on account of his lack of legal experience. No problems.
I’ve now been sent a contract from a considerably more notable label, owned by a famous UK Radio and Club DJ, for a new track I sent them a demo of. My issue: the contract is considerably more complex, about 10 pages long, and I’m a bit out of my depth and want to get it checked out by a solicitor. However, when I mentioned this to the label manager and asked they bear with me for a few days while the solicitor checks it over, he basically interrogated me as to why I needed one and sounded on the whole very disapproving. Now I’m starting to worry about whether I should bother getting the solicitor to check it or not and risk losing the deal altogether…
What do you guys think? Have any of you gone through this sort of thing yourselves for this type of contract; ie, where it’s for a club track you’ve composed, mixed and mastered yourself, and you are the actual performing artist? Your experiences are greatly appreciated.