2 Soon 2 Quit Clothing and Promotions (Michigan): Fucked over several bands after making them sell tickets. Did not pay the guarantee of the bands that had them and lied to cover it up. Rude, unprofessional, and have no clue what they’re doing. Try to maintain a professional appearance but operate as amateurs. Roughly $600.00 is unaccounted for.
Carnival of Chaos (Michigan): Forced bands to sell tickets for their events, guaranteed them time slots before national acts only to cancel the national acts and not allow some of the bands to play. Did not pay Motograter for their performance. Hatebreed and Kittie both have called Carnival of Chaos out for their shady dealings.
Seth D Myers (Illinois): Has overbooked shows, failed to pay guarantees and all around has no clue what he’s doing. Promises headliners who don’t even show up.
The Next Big Thing Tour (National): We have an article about this group. They tell bands to sell a huge amount of tickets in exchange for a prize of only $500.00 or 16 hours of recording time. They have the bands foot the bill to make them money.
The Champ (Pennsylvania): Bans bands for playing at any competing venue.
Gorilla Productions (National): Forcing bands to sell a large amount of tickets, overbooking their shows, never giving anyone a prize when they actually win the battle of the bands that they put on.
Harpo’s Concert Theater(Michigan): Has bands sell large amounts of tickets with no payout, cut set times short after bands work their asses off to sell tickets, promise them main stage but set them up on a tiny stage in the back, not letting bands play at all after they sell tickets. Staff is rude and have damaged band’s equipment when they don’t move as fast as they’d like. (seen this with my own eyes.)
Metal For The Masses Blogsite/Parade The Whore Ent. (Massachusetts/National): Charges bands to be on a compilation CD that has no physical form and is distributed freely, claims charges are to cover professional studio costs for “volume balancing” and for art design while hypocritically using copyrighted artwork downloaded from the internet without the artists’ knowledge or consent, claims to have a massive outreach around the world yet no band used in their compilations has any number of “likes” or listens above what non-affiliated bands have, constantly talks down to people who post questions, makes fun of bands who don’t want to or can’t afford to pay their fees, posts free downloadable leaks of local and national releases without their knowledge or consent on a daily basis, highly unethical and should be approached with severe caution. Bands SHOULD NOT approach them for promotion under any circumstance.
Club Loaded (Long Island, NY): Harpos’ brother from another mother. Large presales, no payout, set times cut, the same deal as Harpo’s.
Jaylin Ford (Vocalist from Michigan): Inexperienced, cocky, has a reputation for trash talking bands for no reason with some reports of physical threats, promotes and books his bands with little to no music to play, overbooks his band’s shows just to cancel at the last minute, spreads outright lies about his bands without their consent. Any band involved with Ford should be avoided at all costs.
Dead-Like-Us (Michigan): Former band of Jaylin Ford, continues to utilize an illegitimate amount of Facebook “likes” gained from spamming and “like”-adding sites to book shows with little-to-no usable material, wastes most of given set times standing around onstage not playing, zero-to-horrible stage presence, generally disorganized with members thrown in-and-out monthly over a considerable length of time, cancels overbooked shows with no public warning, should be avoided by venues, promoters, and other bands alike.
NS Studios (Michigan): Illegitimate excuses for extremely long release delays extending to over 7 months, unreliable communication, tracks released missing key elements, legal actions threatened for releases to be made. Has worked with many local bands that all share identical troubling experiences.
Facedown Promotions: Promises bands the opportunity of touring, huge national shows, and many other opportunities and never deliver. Asks bands for money for management yet pretend like they never got the money and that the band must have paid someone else. Has been called out by Sumerian Records for being liars and criminals.
Smoke and Mirrors (Indiana): Makes bands sell tickets printed on computer paper on overbooked shows, rude and unprofessional conduct at shows, does not inform bands of any staging or sound issues before shows, breaks set line-ups to cater to bands who whine about their timeslot thus creating a chaotic and confusing environment for everyone else, pays little to no cash for shows played even if all tickets were sold, complains of liability issues yet was witnessed causing the only injury of a show (to a girl no less). Shows set up by Smoke and Mirrors should be avoided by bands and fans alike.
Hazardhead (Michigan): This band has been known for being extremely cocky and disrespectful to bands/venues alike, demands headlining slots for every show, makes it a principal not to pay attention to opening bands, demands more money than they can pull in out of attendance, makes local bands in other states sell tickets for them with a guarantee of no pay, bails on shows booked at the last minute, members will leave shows with no notice yet the band will still play without them by nonsensically jamming, should be avoided by bands/venues/promoters.