So this post is for all you artists, musicians and songwriters out there (although the principle applies to everyone). As an engineer and studio manager, I can’t tell you how often I book a session with an artist for a particular day and a particular time only to have that artist arrive 15 or 30 minutes late… with a Starbucks in hand. Or to text me 5 minutes after our scheduled time to say “I’m on the way!” Or to have a tracking session waiting because the bassist is running late.
I do understand that artists and musicians are creative types and not always the best when it comes to time management. And yes, if there is nightmarish traffic or some other genuine circumstance, that is ok. But persistent tardiness with time is a different story.
If I am producing you as an artist and you regularly arrive late to our sessions, that tells me a lot more than you would like about you – that you don’t respect my time and that you don’t take your business seriously. Because your art is a business and you need to run your business professionally. Certainly at my studio, I would rather you arrived 10 minutes early. Not just because it conveys professionalism, but because it gives you, the performer, time to settle in, to relax, to shake off the day and bring your whole focus to the task at hand. It gives us time to chat and put you at ease, to talk about the job at hand and prepare us all to get the best possible product out of the time in studio. If you are running late, your session is at an immediate disadvantage – unless you have limitless budget, you walk in feeling the clock ticking and your recording will suffer for it. You won’t perform at your best and your engineer probably won’t be able to take the time he would like to ensure the best recording possible.
So remember, arrive at least on time, ideally 10 minutes early! Show the people you are working with that are passionate and professional about your art and they will be that much more willing to go the extra mile for you.