I wouldn't want to be in that band even if he paid me more than what you are getting. I don't like this situation at all. I'd find another band.
It's all covers - wedding band.
The 'guy' owns all the pa etc but not drums or anything. Also he does take extra - evidently - don't think providing PA warrants taking 8 times as much as everyone else.
As crappy as it may appear to many, mikel is dead on. It is his "business" and he is acting as an employer. It is not a true band as someone else mentioned, but it is an independent contractor/1099/hired gun type thing. Like mikel (and others) have suggested, set your rate based on your comfort level, market demand, financial needs, etc. and then you can decide if you want to play or not on what is offered. I get the whole "devalueing of services" thing, but everyone's situation is different. I have never relied on giging as a significant source of income but I have great respect/sympathy/understanding for those who do. With very few exceptions, pay for club/private party giging has not kept up with inflation, have been stagnent and, in some cases/places, gone down. I remember booking bands for lounges back in the early to mid '80's and having to pay about the same as what is paid now, thirty years later! I feel for you guys/gals out there who do this for a living!This thread flags up one of the big problems in being a hired gun, especialy in a wedding/function band. The guy is running it as a business and paying what he can get away with. Not nice, but hardly surprising. It is a business and the fact music is involved is merely a bye product.
If it were a band in the truest sense, and you were a part of it from the start, or it was you and your mates, equal shares would be a no brainer. As It is the guy is, in effect, your boss. You should negotiate a fee per gig you are happy with, If he wont negotiate then take your skills elsewhere.
So you read the book 'Quiet' too, regarding introverts versus extraverts?Classic book indeed, but remember this- any "self help" book written after about 1920 was "Personality-based", and everything prior to that was "Character based". Always maintain an anchor on your character; character is the "steak", personality is the "sizzle". Bring some of both but in the end, make the steak be the focus.
Why does protecting them mean "making something up"?or do i protect my friends and make up something.