I am hired to record and mix a band’s EP. The band members are generally nice but have a terrible workflow and no recording experience. They are making irrational requests such as:
- Recording a new drum track once the mixing is already in progress because they have hired a better drummer
- Guitar player records himself at home with tons of effects imprinted (including panning) and sends it to me for mixing, requesting that the song sounds raw and punk-ish
Obviously the right thing to do would be to request that they follow a more logical production approach and dump them if they refuse, but here’s where it gets tricky: some of them are friends and one of them is a partner (owns the drum kit and drum recording room). To make matters worse the lead guitar player is stubborn and thin-skinned and won’t listen to my request for raw DI takes.
Nevertheless I want to see the project through to the end, even though I am spending insane amounts of time for a very low fee. I know that I’m putting myself in an impossible situation and that people might think it’s my fault the result isn’t great but I’m ok with the risk and willing to finish while avoiding conflicts.
Any input from seasoned professionals would be appreciated.