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The Rory Duffy JazzFunkSoulPop Experience is an exciting, eclectic group of musicians offering a distinct vibe and a unique sound, emerging from Jazz, Pop, Soul and Acousticy-Folk/Jazzfolk wish wash music, creating a vibrant drama on and off the stage. With the most sought after professional musicians, the crème-de-la-crème of talented, fresh-faced graduates from the London colleges, its members are all busy, experienced pro session musicians who have come together spontaneously and recorded a spin-off demo/music video, which simply happened overnight.* The band have collectively performed at all venues from notorious jazz haunts around London to the stately homes of the exceedingly rich and famous.
*via twitch of an eyelid and a vague hand gesture, combined with a generous dollop of social jargon, fluke and a general impression of interest /street credibility among the session circuit.
Individualism vs. Collectivism
There is no such thing as a true "community". Mutual collaboration in equal parts does not exist and cannot be substantiated via concrete proof - despite how much musicians claim that they're "invested in it for the good of the band". This is an utterance that is only relevant to the contextual time and place, and expressed when it is most convenient to them. Of course, you inevitably become the "bad cop" when the musician ends up being the one to contravene their own standards of accountability, when you're landed with the responsibility of picking them up on it.
The reality is: people are individuals, a liability unto themselves. People are never "invested in it for the good of the band". People are only invested in it for themselves. People might propagate a fabrication that they are "invested in it for the good of the band" in order to facilitate circumstances conspiring in their favour. But they immediately drop these convictions as and when it matters to them.
How to say “basically, we need/want to pay 100% in full to show that we’re committed to you and you’ve got to accept this payment as proof you’re going not going to bottle” without a serviceman walking away.
We’ve dealt with Giovanni before (see communications below); he seems non-committal and wouldn’t accept our booking before on the grounds that they would not cancel or not show up — even when we offered a “loaded” fee! Maybe there isn’t a way and we’ve just got to accept their terms… How would you get around this one?
We’ve dealt with Giovanni before (see communications below); he seems non-committal and wouldn’t accept our booking before on the grounds that they would not cancel or not show up — even when we offered a “loaded” fee! Maybe there isn’t a way and we’ve just got to accept their terms… We subsequently made a booking which was then cancelled.
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On 11 Jul 2017, at 15:03, Matt - Warble Entertainment wrote:
Recently, an agent tried to negotiate for nothing; i.e., no incentive. He asked whether there was any movement on the fee. We could have dropped the fee, but there was no grounds for us to do so. The agent responded by the argument that the incentive is getting a gig or not, and by saying that, he seemed to have been trying to see if we'd backtrack. If we had, it would've undermined our credibility.
On 11 Jul 2017, at 16:34, Matt - Warble Entertainment wrote:
Omitting vital information for the sake of simplicity.
This is another way in which our 2 primary values of communication and accountability link to one another.
It's a tricky balance.
Read, compare and contrast the following extracts.
Read also: Why are our quotes so complicated?
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