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Old 11-21-2011, 10:00 PM
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EDIT sorry just realised I posted this in the wrong place :/

Hi all

I got an email from a guy claiming to be called Nathan last May saying he wanted to use me for some studio session as he's part of a production company. He got my details from some online site apparently. Anyway we chatted on the phone and he sent me some ideas he had through.... sounded pretty rough and rubbish but I thought if he's willing to pay me why not...

Anyway didn't hear from him again and forgot all about it....until recently when he text me again asking if I'm free on so and so dates, asked what my fee was, etc. He also now say's he's booked a studio and will email me all the info.... although still waiting for this.

Seems pretty straightforward until he text me this..."Hi I've booked the studio for the 28th you need to be there at 10am. I will forward the details to you. If you can let me know your details etc I will get the paperwork deposit etc all sorted out if you can send me your email (which he already had) I will send you a brief on what we're working on. Regards Nathan"

Am I being overly cautious on this? Is this a scam or is the guy just incredibly unprofessional. Either that or he's incredibly busy and doesn't have the time to Email or speak to me. Does he just want my bank info? One of them I'll give you a larger deposit if you could transfer me the difference to my mate in Africa jobs?

Anyone have any clarification on these sort of scams? Or maybe I'm just being paranoid. I guess what I find strange about it is I don't know the guy and only spoke to him once back in May when I called. He keeps saying he'll call me but ends up texting. It's some hunch I have...

I guess one thing I can do is when/if he sends me the studio info actually call them up and check he's booked in.

Anyway sorry for babbling on... :)
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:05 PM
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I wouldn't bite. If he's asking for a deposit from you, then I would just walk away.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:23 PM
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Run away from this one ... as fast as you can.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:11 PM
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I certainly won't be handing any sort of deposit over to him but yes thanks for clarifying this. I guess I'm not paranoid after all! :)
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:30 AM
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The fact that he didn't speak with you is troubling.
The fact that he didn't meet and audition you troubles me.
I would never hire and pay someone without seeing them play first.
I would never ask them what their fee was.
If I was hiring someone I would have an amount in mind that I would be willing to pay.
If I had booked a studio I would have given you the time and place info.
I suspect that sooner or later he will give you a phony check for more than the amount that you ask for and then ask you to give him the balance of the extra money.
He will say that the wrong amount was written on the check by mistake.
He will never meet you or talk to you.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:49 AM
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The fact that he didn't speak with you is troubling.
The fact that he didn't meet and audition you troubles me.
I would never hire and pay someone without seeing them play first.
I would never ask them what their fee was.
If I was hiring someone I would have an amount in mind that I would be willing to pay.
If I had booked a studio I would have given you the time and place info.
I suspect that sooner or later he will give you a phony check for more than the amount that you ask for and then ask you to give him the balance of the extra money.

I never auditioned but he's seen videos and heard samples of me (apparently). But yes it is weird. The session stuff I get and have got in the past always comes through some sort of recommendation whether it be a friend of a friend or a producer I know... Never some random bloke sending text messages.

..and god knows why he just can't disclose where the studio is???

edit: Just googled his phone number to see if anything came up..... I see he posted an ad up on gumtree selling dogs one time. The last bit is interesting...

Rhodesian Ridgeback Pup
400 London
1 Boy And 2 Girls
Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies Born 02/06/11 To Scarlet Sweetheart And Kong Of Kings.
Raised In The Family Home With Other Pets
100 Deposits Taken And Mother Can Be Seen.

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Old 11-28-2011, 11:08 PM
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For anyone interested....

Had the session today. Called the guy up a few days ago and told him my concerns. He stepped it up a gear... even asking for my food and drink requirements.. :)

All went well and got paid. Wasn't a scam after all...
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Nice! Glad to hear it all went well. Hopefully he learned something about contacting musicians in the future.

So what did you ask for in the way of food and drinks?
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:29 PM
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So what did you ask for in the way of food and drinks?
Well I was going to ask for fillet steak, fine wine and a wide selection of organic cheeses. But in the end I just said... as long as you have coffee and water I'll be happy! :)
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Well I was going to ask for fillet steak, fine wine and a wide selection of organic cheeses. But in the end I just said... as long as you have coffee and water I'll be happy! :)
Dude, you got ripped off, then ;)
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:26 PM
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Dude, you got ripped off, then ;)
I work for free and buy my own coffee so you're one up one me!
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