Basically we are a garage band; doing some gigs, did some demos, all original stuff, invited over an italian band to do a few gigs with us; now apparently their label heard our demos and took a shine to us and are offering us a distribution deal. Looking for advice as to how to proceed......here's the email we got:

Higuys,
>
> tried to reach you on the phone but your phone it's disconnected.
>
> Listen the guys in italy made this offer for 1000€ he will:
>
> Mix the songs
>
> Master them
>
> Duplicate 300 copies possibly in digipack, on the first 150 copies he
> will take 50% after that 20%.
>
> He will help with the artwork.
>
> You got included the promotion and distribution here it's there
> distribution site:
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> MASTERPIECE DISTRIBUTION
>
> His record label are call Moonlight Records and Lo-Fi Creatures.
>
> The recording will be done here in (deleted) I will come down just to
> see that the production came out as he requested sound wise.
>
> The recording will be done in (deleted) over 2 days
> and will cost 500€.
>
> In total for you all will cost 1500€.
>
> Let me know what you think give a shout for any questions.

end.


I checked the distribution and it looks like they will put us on an online store catalogue alongside some 8000 other bands and sell our CD from there.

As for giving them 1500 euro we are not about to do that; because we are already paying for our own recording, artwork, and possibly reproduction of CD's

Any business gurus on gearslutz or band people with experience we would appreciate some advice if you have time!

We are hoping to proceed with the distribution aspect only.

We have not been offered any form of contract or any detailed documentation. All we have received is the above attached email.


Thanks!!!