On November 13, 2009 I hired Tony Saunders to copy tracks from my Pro Tools program and he was going to use my tracks and add to them, enhance them, record a vocalist and finish the projects at first he came and tried to sell me his services amounting to $21,000, He produced a list of people he had done work for. ( Name dropping) This was my first red flag.
He did not know how to export the tracks so I had to hire a technician to do it. This was my second red flag. I paid him in advance $3000 ( big mistake) I emailed a contract that specifically said I owned the project and would want the files. He agreed and sent it back. I did this knowing that if he screwed up I could take the project to another studio and salvage what was done.
After two weeks I asked him how the project was going. He replied his x wife died and the project was delayed.. He never bothered to tell me this. By then I knew I had made a mistake I asked for my money back and he said he would not return it, the song project was already started. I then asked that he do only one song and return half the money. He refused to do that. I then produced another more detailed contract for him to sign and he refused to any of the terms. I was fuming.
I received a MP3 of the songs, I asked for Nylon guitar and never got that, On the second song, he said his computer refused to import my tracks. so he did the song the way he wanted to. The chords were wrong. He did not complete the project until January 2010 because of the following excuses:1. His wife divorced him, 2. The studio mother board broke down in the studio, 3. he went to LA .
He argued non stop with me and kept telling me to "loose the anger" and offered to "pray for me". All of which made me more angry. Insult after injury. Mr saunders had a general contempt for me because I had his "number". He took my money and was sorry he had to do any work at all. It was apparent.
Tony Saunders left for France in January and did not have the second song done. He turned his responsibilities over to his manager Dean Harvey. Mr Harvey sent me the second song ( I threw it in the trash it was so bad). I asked for the project files and what was give to me was bits and pieces of info that could not be used in a studio.I had a studio owner look at the cd and confirm I had nothing. By than I threatened to sue Saunders. MR Harvey then volunteered his services and said he would see to it I got the project files and to return to him the "incorrect files"
Here I was again being duped by yet another affiliate of Tony saunders.Mr Harvey kept putting me off for TWO months!! He could not get the project files to me because in 4 separate e mails form Tony Saunders Saunders admitted "he does not save files like this" After I pointed this out to Dean Harvey he then dropped his good Samaritan act and returned the cd. I demanded half my money back or the project files.or a law suit. I got neither.
I filed a small claim law suit against Tony saunders in Hercules court. The day I showed up the judge said Mr Saunders does not live at the address where the papers were served. I had to get new papers reserved and set another court date. By then I had a letter from the post office stating that Saunders received mail at the address the papers were served.
The day I was supposed to appear in court I stopped the long and tedious process of holding Tony Saunders accountable. I did not go. I quit.
I knew that Tony Saunders lives like a cockroach, He can not be found, he gets other people to lie for him. Even if I won the law suit (which was a given) hunting him down to collect would be a nightmare. Continuing the pursuit would only keep my blood pressure up and keep me in a constant state of aggravation. Tony Saunders can keep my $3000. I want my peace of mind back. I have emails and all kinds of proof this man is a con artist. He will undoubtedly attempt to lie his way out of this report as I have seen him do over and over.It is of little consequence to him to fabricate and lie and make things up as he goes , that is how he survives. He survives by being someone he's not, I knew this the day I met him and I did not listen to my intuition. lesson learned.