Review: Nashville Demo Studio

Review: Nashville Demo Studio

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kmaj

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Jan 4, 2013
Hey has anyone heard what is going on with these folks? WHEN I CALL -E-MAIL OR TRY TO GET ON WEBSITE CAN'T GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM. I HAVE A DEPOSIT WITH THEM AND WANTED TO GET SOME DEMOS DONE.
carsyl

Chilliwack, Canada

#2 Jan 7, 2013
I had money deposited as well, got a schedule date
to do 2 songs ( of 12) Nov. 27 . On Nov. 23 rd got a email to say that the studio was closing for 1 week due to repairs.
And then nothing until Dec 21st, got a call back from a gentleman that was not from the studio but
told me that no one could be found at the studio.
He had the keys and had listened to all the voicemails he was trying to find out what was going on.
And after Christmas their website has been shut down as well.
I am afraid I've lost over $2,000.00 in deposits
and so have you my friend.
Anyone else out there ?
Ginale

Charles Town, WV

#3 Jan 10, 2013
Go to their Facebook page....you will get some answers.
Roger

Lake Luzerne, NY

#4 Jan 15, 2013
I too have been ripped off. Got the same email. I had a song scheduled for the 27th and received the email you did. I have called around and hear that Jimi has been battling cancer. Not sure if she lost, but do know that I am out $3000 and figure I'm not alone. Studio 515 broke ties with Jimi. She had been making poor business decisions and her partner saw the end coming... I assume. Jimi was getting money in advance for services at a later time. The alarms should have gone off in my head when I kept seeing her BOGO deals being offered on an endless string of extensions. Prices too good to be true are usually too good to be true. The quaslity of the productions and arrangements were second rate at best after she left Studion 515 Chip Hardy nails all my tunes spot on. Two I had done at the new studio we "just OK" . The 3rd was supposed to be up-tempo. I stressed this at least 5 times prior to the tracking session. I got a friggin ballad so slow it coud'a been a funeral durge.
The last session was done wrong. It was supposed to be fixed at the vocal session, but this didn't happen.
Roger (licking my wounds) K
Philip

Quincy, MA

#5 Jan 21, 2013
Tom “Pittsburgh” Pouchot says NDS is closed, and Jimi Heath-Whitelaw moved to Florida. The January 3rd re-opening did happen. He has had NO COMMUNICATION with her since she left Nashville. The staff has been left unpaid and out of jobs. I have lost almost $7,000 (most of my savings; my dream project dead).
We don’t know if wrongdoing is involved, but we deserve honest answers, not vague, unsubstantiated references to health issues. We have a right to answers, and an OBLIGATION to PURSUE the free LEGAL OPTIONS available to us.
To that end, everyone affected MUST FILE A FORMAL COMPLAINT with the TENNESSEE Attorney General’s Consumer Affairs Div., the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, Consumer Affairs Div.(for those outside of Tennessee, as this involves issues of Interstate Commerce), and the BBB of Middle Tennessee, which may lead to others who’ve filed complaints. THEY are OUR lawyers. They will work for us for FREE. You won’t need to hire an attorney. The proper oversight officials have subpoena power, and will give us answers in time. They will determine if Ms. Heath-Whitelaw committed any wrongdoing, and act accordingly.
People, if this has not ever happened to you in the course of your songwriting or music pursuits, then you are relatively new to the music business or have simply been more or less on the sidelines. Unfortunately, this is also part of “paying dues.” It happens – a lot.
I don’t think Jimi absconded with our deposits. It is more likely that attempting to secure a location on excessively pricey 16th Avenue on “the Row”– in the middle of all the action -- was premature, an over-reach – a financial blunder, possibly. I think her “dream” may have been a gamble that tanked. She likely used our deposits in an endeavor that, as far as I know, has failed.
I believe Jimi just got in WAY OVER her head, became overwhelmed and bailed out in panic or out of desperation. In any case, if she doesn’t fix this, she is forever through in Nashville. Believe me.
With the filing of formal complaints to the authorities noted above, she and everyone who either profited from an association with her or who worked for her at 515 Music/NDS will be legally required to respond. The AG will eventually update and inform us. Let the TENN and Federal authorities exert their powers on your behalf. And, again, if you live outside of TENN, YOU are NOT POWERLESS. But if you are afraid of simply filling out a form on line or making a phone call, or if you are tempted to write it all off with some excuse; that you don’t want to make waves, then you let potential wrongdoers win. If you think you might negatively affect your future opportunities and music business connections in Nashville, you are naïve. You would let someone else win by your failure to act. The reality is that NO ONE in Nashville will ever care. Most have been screwed before, too. In the end, all you ever need at any time is a great song to make it in Nashville.
Apparently, there are many of us who feel wronged, so we have strength in many voices. A chorus of complaints to the agencies noted above will get attention. Those agencies welcome complaints. Remember, these are working folks just like us. Government employees need our complaints to keep their jobs. Most of them enjoy resolving them.
Lastly, IF Ms. Heath-Whitelaw is found liable for anything the investigators determine was illegal, and if she has any ownership of property – her former place of business, her home in Tennessee or elsewhere – property liens may result from actions by one or more of us. And, IF the authorities eventually discover wrongdoing of any kind, her property CAN be seized by the state and sold to fund legitimate claims, unless of course, a formal bankruptcy is filed, which would create a different set of obstacles for plaintiffs.
Okay, now DO IT! File those complaints. Lets use our wonderful rights as citizens. Lets get some answers. Good luck to us.
Philip

Since: Jan 13

Quincy, MA

#6 Jan 21, 2013
Correction: An omission due to an error cutting-and-pasting occurred in my post above. Nashville Demo Studio DID NOT re-open on January 3rd, as promised. This is according to recent NDS tracking engineer and now-former employee, Tom "Pittsburgh" Pouchot. Sorry for the confusion.

Philip
Roger

Lake Luzerne, NY

#7 Jan 21, 2013
I am taking another track on this "event". Jimi is done, we're out money and let's all consider the fact that she doesn't have a pot to piss in. No amount of legal action will get money out of someone who has none. She moved to Florida? Anyone on this forum think she ran off with a ton of cash? You can initial a law suit. You will win... but It's a hollow victory. Unless she has been lying about her 3+ year cancer issue, she's probaby shit out of luck financially. Let's not forget she has a kid/s. They drain a bank account faster than a Fararri F-40.
I paid her on my credit card and have begun action through my card company. I don't know if this will be successful, but my card company said fraud is covered. If anyone else has paid by credit card, you may have recourse. Like Philip said, this stuff happens and it's not that uncommon. Me, I'm not missing a lobster dinner on account of this, but my loss could by a boat load of lobster. I wish you all luck and hope things work out. Perhaps writing a hit song about this will help. Me, I've already moved on. Licking my $3K loss and hoping my songwriting abilities are successful in getting me a cut.
Fladums

Beverly, MA

#8 Jan 24, 2013
Regarding the effectiveness of formal consumer complaints to government agencies: Over the past three decades, I have suffered three prior financial losses in the music industry (I was cheated), which cost me $2,000,$4,000 and $5,000 respectively. Because I complained formally, I experienced the following results:

(1) I received restitution of $4,000 after five years, which I never expected;
(2) A major music business attorney was sentenced to more than two years in prison, was disbarred, and his name was well publicized;
(3) In the third, a court handed down a judgment and ordered restitution, which, although it was never paid [these wealthy individuals had lawyers who used loopholes to avoid the penalties], they were exposed in the local media and were forced to spend money to defend themselves over two years [which pleased me in itself, AND I did not need either a lawyer or to be directly involved].
It is important to note that in only one incident was I alone. The others involved a number of plaintiffs, which made the charges more credible due to their participation.

Once again, all we seek are answers. As of this date, we have only heard unsubstantiated, third-party hearsay comments regarding the health of Ms. Whitelaw. I, certainly, hope she is well.

On a personal note, I served in the Marine Corps, and no one has ever taken -- no one is ever going to take -- a swat at me without it going unanswered, win or lose. It’s a matter if personal pride.
Roger

Lake Luzerne, NY

#9 Jan 24, 2013
Hey I feel your pain and wish you all the best in your... 4th screwing. Screw me once. Same on me... screw me 4 times???? Damn dude, just move to Nashville if music is your life. I write for a production company in town and they work for me. No cuts yet, but my music gets into the proper hands.
As for NDS, I paid on credit card and after investigating this, I will be re-embursed for $3000 which is what I'm out. You should use your credit card and get shit in writing so if the 5th time comes, you're covered. Fraud is covered. I'm not wasting any further time ruminating on Jimi and her effed up life. Motto: I'm too old to fight and always have been. As for Jimi.....she'll never work in this town again. She may never see next week. Who knows? Sucks to be her.
F S Fine

Peoria, AZ

#10 Jan 28, 2013
kmaj wrote:
Hey has anyone heard what is going on with these folks? WHEN I CALL -E-MAIL OR TRY TO GET ON WEBSITE CAN'T GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM. I HAVE A DEPOSIT WITH THEM AND WANTED TO GET SOME DEMOS DONE.
Hey all...Update regarding my deposit of $335...My Visa just confirmed that I will have FULL reimbursement within 48 hours...so if you haven't already...contact your card company. F.S.Fine
ps: just checked this morning and got full refund-CALL YOUR Credit Card company!!!
F S Fine

Peoria, AZ

#11 Jan 28, 2013
Hey all...Update regarding my deposit of $335...My Visa just confirmed that I will have FULL reimbursement within 48 hours...so if you haven't already...contact your card company. F.S.Fine
ps: just checked this morning and got full refund-CALL YOUR Credit Card company!!!
Colin Gordon-Farleigh

UK

#12 Jan 28, 2013
Sheer Joy Music (UK)
I've lost almost $4000 in deposits, but I hope to get most of it back from my Credit Card company.
Roger

Lake Luzerne, NY

#13 Jan 28, 2013
I got all my lost money back a few days ago. I called, told them what had occured. They said they were investigating and I had been credited instantly. No problems what so ever. Fraud is fraud. Lesson to all.... never give cash up front without some sort of protection. I also got plenty of frequent flyer miles.
Roger
Mort1

Tiller, Norway

#14 Jan 28, 2013
Philip, could you explain in more detail how to do this? I'm not only in another state, I'm in another country. I really do not know how things work in the US. Can I file a complaint by email or a web page? I'm down $3000 that I can't afford to lose.
Philip wrote:
PURSUE the free LEGAL OPTIONS available to us.
To that end, everyone affected MUST FILE A FORMAL COMPLAINT with the TENNESSEE Attorney General’s Consumer Affairs Div., the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, Consumer Affairs Div.(for those outside of Tennessee, as this involves issues of Interstate Commerce), and the BBB of Middle Tennessee, which may lead to others who’ve filed complaints. THEY are OUR lawyers. They will work for us for FREE. You won’t need to hire an attorney. The proper oversight officials have subpoena power, and will give us answers in time. They will determine if Ms. Heath-Whitelaw committed any wrongdoing, and act accordingly.
carsyl

Chilliwack, Canada

#15 Jan 28, 2013
F S Fine wrote:
Hey all...Update regarding my deposit of $335...My Visa just confirmed that I will have FULL reimbursement within 48 hours...so if you haven't already...contact your card company. F.S.Fine
ps: just checked this morning and got full refund-CALL YOUR Credit Card company!!!
I tried VISA but I was told that 90 days had past since my purchase, nothing they could do unless I come up with an official letter that they are bankrupt. I also tried BBB in Nashville all
they can do is send them a letter.
I guess the Better Business Bureau is a little like The UN
They'll listen to all complaints but do nothing about it !
Fladums

Belmont, MA

#16 Jan 29, 2013
Hello “Mort1” and “carsyl:”

Your residing outside of the USA is of no consequence. You have the same legal recourse as anyone else where you may have been legally affected by the behavior of an American citizen. The borders do not protect a defendant or exclude a non-citizen from taking legal action. The exception is where extradition is involved in allegations or official charges of capital crimes. In our circumstance, we are without information, and have no idea whether a crime has taken place. We do, however, want answers to our questions, and to know what happened. We know nothing but hearsay. We require a legal deposition under oath from anyone the State of Tennessee deems necessary.

So, in the absence of reasonable and verifiable answers from Ms. Whitelaw, who is not returning any telephonic, e-mail or other electronic inquiries, our only recourse to satisfactory answers is to contact the following, and present our formal complaints. No complaints, no answers. No one but us will know we’ve lost money or why.

Here’s what to do:

File a complaint with the State of Tennessee through the office of the Attorney General, Consumer Affairs Division via that website at http://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/cpro/fileco... . You may also call directly or post a letter, as well. This is the ONLY government entity that will likely open an investigation regarding NDS and Ms. Whitelaw – IF ENOUGH OF US follow through. The process may take many months, but we have lost our deposits already, so we have nothing more to lose except a little involvement. This office has subpoena power, and will not be ignored. Everyone who was associated with NDS or 515 Music MAY be contacted for information, and to determine if those former associates legally severed their ties with Ms. Whitehall, and if they retain any liability.

File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee at https://www.bbb.org/consumer-complaints/file-... . This business organization has NO LEGAL AUTHORITY; however, in the past, their letters, calls and intervention caused me to receive several thousand dollars in restitution from a Nashville business – because I ACTED. It cost me nothing. It may allow others who feel they have been wronged to know they are not alone, and to potentially connect with one another. The BBB may also recommend those individuals contact the Attorney General of Tennessee, which will strengthen our cause.

File a complaint with the United States Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ . This agency does not resolve INDIVIDUAL consumer complaints, BUT with enough plaintiffs, and if enough money is involved or there has been a pattern of similar past behavior, then some action may result, possibly a referral to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as this case involves both international and inter-state commerce with (now)questionable behavior.

Lastly, post your comments on the Nashville Demo Studio Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/NashvilleDemoSt... , and anywhere you are able to inform and rally others. But, keep in mind though that we have NO PROOF at this time that Ms. Whatelaw has cheated any of us. We hope she is not ill, but demand verifiable responses to our questions through legal authorities – not by her, her husband's or someone who may say she is Ms. Whitelaw via a direct call or e-mail. That would not be proof or verifiable. Again, we require a legal deposition under oath conducted by the Attorney General of the State of Tennessee.

I hope this is helpful.

Philip
FYI

Hendersonville, TN

#17 Jan 31, 2013
I just want to add, please keep trying with your credit card. I was able to get credits for charges WELL beyond 90 days (we are talking March and May of 2012). I just had to send in a written statement and I included emails with proof of purchase and cancellation emails of services (round table, etc). I also included links in my statement to the NDS Facebook page and this page for further proof. Received 3 separate credit card charges back. I also received a credit for a debit card purchase through BOA, but have no doubt that will be taken back. Happy about the credit card refunds though. In the future, always go with credit card over debit card.
Roger

Lake Luzerne, NY

#18 Jan 31, 2013
My credit card details dated back to June of 2011! and I got credit. I didn't have to prove much other than I had paid the money and the company never completed their side of the deal. I did get 3 completed songs and the 4th was in contention and the fifth was never completed. It was tracked, but not sung or mastered.
Taylor Morrison Music

Columbia, SC

#20 Feb 3, 2013
I prepaid for a demo of one of our songs
and they kept putting me off. I sensed then
in November something wasnt right and Im very cautious but tried to give the benefit of the doubt
But my gut instinct was right.. I had to go to Nashville and record and quite a few told me she was in debt and was trying to bail herself out. They shut down, turned off phones, and not even her husband contacted us .. anyone who was truly sick would have someone handling business for them and issuing refunds. Then giving too good to be good deals.. I smell a rat. Months later you have people that support her saying give them a chance... what to rip me and laugh that my hard earned money is being spent due some scheme? NOT. You have to stand up against these types or it will continue to happen. Her health isnt the issue.. giving refunds is. She can have her hubby issue refunds she has receipts from those that payed for demos and their addresses.
LTP

San Leandro, CA

#21 Feb 4, 2013
FS Fine: Thank you for mentioning going through the credit card company for reimbursement. I made purchases in August, September, and November 2012 on my debit MasterCard and my bank credited all three purchases. They initially only credited the November purchase, then a few days later they credited the remaining funds.
So please try your credit card company like the other commenters recommended. I don't have Facebook, but it would be nice if someone could post this type of info on Nashville Demo's Facebook page so others can who have lost out can know some procedures they can try to get back some of their money.

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