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AUGUST 2016
TAXI Road Rally 2015

Collaboration Nation, Part Three
Michael Laskow, Moderator
PANELISTS
Russell Landwehr
Matt Vander Boegh
Seth Littlefield
Steven Guiles
Carla (C.K.) Barlow
Scott Free
Note: The first two questions are repeated from last
month's segment to give some context to this final
installment of the interview.
Let's talk about the business side of things. How do
you guys do the co-writing splits? Is everything
50/50? Ok, I'm getting affirmative nods for 50/50
split from the panelists. What if you're 70% of the
way through something and you realize that you
can't deliver the last 30%. Let's say Guiles reaches
out to Vander Boegh, it's still a 50/50?
Steven: Oh, you mean if you add another collaborator into it?
Yeah, you're 70% done and you realize, you know,
I'd really like Matt to do the strings on this, or
whatever the situation would be. And he composes
the parts-not just executes them, but composes
them and then says, "By the way, I think if we did it
a little hip-hoppy..." So he brings something to the
party-to a thing that's already at 70%-is it still
a 50/50 split?
Matt: That actually happened to me one time
recently on one for a Latin listing, and me and
my collaborator were getting it. We were going
with the 50/50 agreement upfront. But then I
realized, and I talked to him about it, and I said,
"Hey, we need something else. We need another
instrument or something in here. I know a guy
who is really good at trumpet. I want to bring
him in. We'll bring him in, it'll be equal cut
between all three of us, OK?" And he says, "OK,
we'll do that." Because I told him that he was
gonna get either 50% of nothing or 33% of
something. And so bringing another person in,
once again it's an equal cut, but it's split three
ways.

The Collaboration Nation panelists enjoy a little group bonding after their panel. It's pretty apparent how strong TAXI's community
is in this photo. (Left to Right) C.K. Barlow, Russell Landwehr, Matt Vander Boegh, Steven Guiles, Seth Littlefield, Scott Free, and
TAXI's Michael Laskow.

Let's say that you're trying to nail a deadline for a
listing, and you're working with a collaborator who
just isn't holding up his or her end of the bargain
and getting their contributions back to you on
time. What do you do? If you're certain that you've
got a winner for a TAXI listing and the deadline is
next Tuesday, and this person is normally responsible, but maybe they get sick, or, for whatever
reason, they're overloaded at work and they can't
meet the deadline and they're going to kill your
opportunity on something that you feel is a highprobability winner. What do you do in that
situation?
Steven: Are they involved already with the
project?
Yeah, you've already agreed to work together and
you've talked about the part; they've invested
some time in it; and for whatever reason, they
can't live up to their end and you're gonna miss this

deadline. Are the relationships cozy enough that
you can say, "Dude, I love you, but I've really got to
make this submission, so you gotta be honest with
me. Are you gonna blow it, or are you gonna make
it?"
CK: If that was the point of the project, then by
all means, right? I mean, otherwise that's why
you were bothering to work together was for this
particular listing. But certainly, reach out first
and say, "Hey, are you OK? What's going on? I
hope you understand; I really want to get in this
listing." And that has not happened to me, but I
would reach out and talk, and then say, "OK,
what do we need to do to move this forward? Do
we need to take a pass on this and I'll try to find
somebody else?"
I think it's cool that you guys have these relationships. At best, you know each other face-to-face
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