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What do you do when you have a lovely client who has been fabulous throughout multiple projects, but very late in the game on a project (two weeks before mix) has a whole lot of labor-intensive things he or she wants to try that you don't think will work very well?
Mostly things that are following trends in recent (but not immediately current) pop records that could make what is shaping up to be a very good record ripe for sounding dated-within-a-year and cheesy.
It is HIS or HER record, so he or she must be "right."
But there's plenty to do on an already short timeline, and there's not really much time to be chasing after things not likely to work. How do you break that to the client without sounding a) condescending, b) sounding like you're shutting them down, b) seeming like you're making it more about you than them.
Or do you just stay up nights for the next three weeks and not get any sleep and chase down every wild goose?
brad allen williams