On 10 Sep 2014, at 19:07, Jason @ Book Live Music & Entertainment wrote:
Red & Black Music has often come under fire from agents and promoters for its quotes being "too complicated" (admittedly so). While we openly admit we are trying to simplify things as much as possible there is a historic traceable reason/rationale behind our controversial "Technical" (bottom up) and "Quick Quotes" (top down) guides in terms of our accountability and how we communicate this to our clients. Much of the "confusion" arises from people simply not reading emails because they're too "busy" (= i.e., too disorganised to manage their workload). By extension, people fail to engage or negotiate, and for those reasons, simple truths and facts aren't sufficiently read and understood. We don't play the "cloak-and-dagger" game. We don't pull random figures out of thin air depending on our mood. So, then. Why are our quotes so "complicated"?
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Read also our master article regarding Complication.
Alejandro raises a valid point about musicians not studying repertoire for the engagement. He rightly points out that the musicians must listen to the tracks beforehand and have a rehearsal if they don't know the tunes. Otherwise, it is like not doing their homework. They are not playing alone, so that must be made clear to them. The producer is pretty flexible with the repertoire, he gives them a choice of over 50 songs for them to choose 20, and he is even open to learn some new ones that they want to suggest, but they must be confident with the set chosen.
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