Has SxS Presents and Techyes not paid you?
You’re likely not the only one…
Florida promoter team, known as SxS Presents and TechYes Events, has made quite a name for themselves throughout Florida and the East Coast of the United States. They’ve brought EDM acts from ALL genres to cities like Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and more. Executing, intimate club settings to even a stage takeover at an upcoming 2019 Music Festival in Georgia, impressive right?
Well, if you ask around, you’ll be quick to find that they’ve made a name for themselves with less noble gestures. Predominantly, not paying event staff, management teams, and collaborative partners, then merely ignoring their inquiries about the contractual agreements. After a brief amount of digging around and chatting with a few others, this behavior apparently was and is not an isolated incident, that’s to be brushed off as a simple mis-understanding. Quickly, complaints regarding SxS Presents and TechYes were discovered in their reviews, random comments, and quite surprisingly, ALL over social media.
But before we jump into this, we’d like to state the following information is based on our research, personal experiences and testimonials provided to our EDM Daycare Team, with the desire to create awareness of what are, in our opinion, is the wrongdoings of SxS Presents and TechYes Events.
“Why report on this?” you ask…
EDM Daycare blog founder, Carlos Garcia, was hired by Founder & CEO, Alexander Daniel Clark of SxS Presents and Techyes to work and manage their 9 events during Miami Music Week in March of 2019.
With previous experience in the entertainment industry, Carlos took a general guest/artist liaison role that meant four 18-22 hour days, ensuring the events, the artists, and the many industry guests were accommodated appropriately. Then
the week ended and Carlos was not paid within 2 days, 2 weeks, nor 2 months. Each week, receiving countless texts saying “a few more days,” “we’re on our way to the bank now,” “we’re literally doing it right now and paying people out.” While asking others who have been wronged, these exact excuses were commonplace and being sent to MANY different parties.
Soon after, it was also common to be ignored by Daniel Clark, having all calls and texts unanswered. But more details on that later, when we lay out the facts.
We write this article….
to simply create AWARENESS of a company that’s built a brand and its success on the backs of hardworking staff, DJs, Managers, and Label Owners, only to not fulfill their end of the deal. When recently contacted one final time to pay what was owed to Carlos, Alexander Daniel Clark simply stated…
Magically, once he was made aware of this article, Clark immediately changed his demeanor and requested some way to “work this out.” His desire to finally pay was not because it’s the right thing to do, but merely to save face in the industry and not have the truth revealed.
Carlos is not the first, and more than likely will not be the last individual to NOT be paid by an event company, as sadly this situation happens often. Our hope is to create awareness of the harsh reality that darkens the beautiful world of EDM and entertainment. SxS Presents and TechYes, lead by Daniel Clark, is surely, only one of many behaving in this manner. But together as a community, we hopefully can at the very least spread awareness to help others choose wisely in their own future.
We’ll fairly state that although no proof of payment has been confirmed to ANY parties mentioned below, at the time of this article being posted, SxS Presents claims that they are back tracking and “working out deals” with MOST parties which claim they are owed. We take this claim lightly, as it seems to be identical to the many previous claims that are linked above; but figured it’d be fair to state their rebuttal alongside our facts to promote equality and voice. Once paid, and confirmed by said parties, we’ll gladly remove the testimonies of the below parties wish to retract their statements.
Is it really that bad?
We understand this may seem like an angry rant. To ensure our readers can truly grasp the magnitude of what services were performed but yet unpaid by SxS Presents and Techyes, we’ll showcase a FEW of the many stories below. Most requested to stay anonymous due to the reality of the industry backlash that may come from a public fact check such as this article. We’ll soon begin releasing follow-up articles with in-depth explanations of each situation that comes to our attention, to ensure that EVERY VOICE is heard and respected.
Company/Party not Paid – Carlos G.
Agreement – 4.5 Days of Work at a rate of $300 per day.
Amount left unpaid – $3,000
Given countless excuses, then ignored? Yes
Summary – Not only did Carlos work on average 18-20 hour days, putting out the many fires that arose, but the amount above was summed to $3,000 because Carlos reached into his own wallet, several times, to pay for expenses during the week. Such as but not limited to: All snacks and beer for the Yacht Party event, paying a DJ based on a prior cash agreement that SxS Partners did not fulfill, paying two different vendors after MMW which were also unpaid and threatened to slander the name of SxS if remained unpaid. All expenses were approved & confirmed to be paid by Daniel Clark of SxS Presents and Techyes.
Company/Party not Paid – Taylor C
Agreement – Initially tips from Industry Bar then shift to 3 days of work at a rate of $150 per day.
Amount left unpaid – $450
Given countless excuses, then ignored? Yes
Summary – I was hired for private artist hosting/bartending, Ended up bartending the first night, with multiple different instructions on how to serve which guests and when to close and reopen the VIP bar several times. VIP bar was then abandoned after that first night, so I was given various jobs daily like VIP bottle service distribution, stage management, and sponsor support. Really wasn’t given any direction and was passed off as if I was one of the many problems needing to be solved.
Company/Party not Paid – Anonymous Music Agency #1
Agreement – Artist to play an event. Artist delivered, and payment was never sent.
Amount left unpaid – $29,000
Given countless excuses, then ignored? Yes
Company/Party not Paid – Anonymous Major Event Brand
Agreement – 50/50 split of all profits and losses as equal partners.
Amount left unpaid – $3-10k. No exact way of knowing, as Daniel still has not shown us a door and bar audit.
Summary – We financed all the entertainment and marketing, Daniel agreed to pro-rate his production and rental expenses. We delivered a show, ready to go, and Daniel’s company refused to offer any concrete timeline on many aspects. After, we too were given countless excuses then ignored.
Company/Party not Paid – Anonymous Staff
Agreement -Monthly payment agreement plus bonuses
Amount left unpaid – $1,200 Remaining
Summary – “After working as a small role in the company, I was “promoted” to a more substantial marketing role. With a monthly stipend and bonus parameters. After months of non payment, I was ignored, given excuses, ignored again, more excuses, and given the complete and total run around. I told people I was owed money, and they said they would sue me for slander.”
Company/Party not Paid – Erica Burgess
Agreement – Create promo footage using other people’s content, in exchange for $100
Amount left unpaid – $100
Summary – “Mines not for as much money but still really screwed me over when I was broke and desperately needed it. I was warned by a few other videographers who never got paid by them but figured I’d give it a shot cause I needed money. They wanted a promo using footage other people took at their events for $100. I did the edit in less than a day and went back and forth on a draft or two until he was happy. Alexander Clark was the one I was dealing with. He said he’d send payment and repeatedly never answered or dodged me. I met him in person at Rezz in Orlando and while we were there I asked him where my payment was and **** ***** (another Techyes guy) said he would take care of it since he was my friend. The payment never came so I gave up. I know it’s not a lot of money but I know I’m not the only videographer they’ve done it to cause Techyes is on a blacklist for shooting amongst us.”
UPDATE AS OF 8/15/2019
Company/Party not Paid – Anonymous Music Agency #2
Agreement – Several Artists to play 3 different events
Amount left unpaid – $4,000
Summary – Artists traveled from across the country and performed, and payments were never sent. Multiple Contracts were signed and payment was ensured by all partners of SXS company. Music agency had to cover all losses and pay clients in full.
Company/Party not Paid – Anonymous Investor for a Miami Show
Agreement – Fund event for an XYZ return. We paid 9k to SxS as the investor
Amount left unpaid – $9,000, with partial payments made.
Summary – Shortly after, was ignored. But when began responding, there were constant misdirection’s and countless contradictions in his story via text. Would say I am depositing / pay an amount to only deposit a different amount.
UPDATE AS OF 8/20/2019
Company/Party not Paid – Anonymous DJ/Ticket Seller
Agreement – The agreement was pretty straight forward. I get paid in exchange for DJ services for certain nights. But this was the same story for several other nights all across Florida.
Amount left unpaid – Total amount owed was around $800. Amount I settled for was only $150.
Summary – What was delivered was only a portion of the payment Venmo’d to me. After almost a full year of failed attempts to reach him, I had to confront him at one of his Techyes events. I would hear COUNTLESS & COUNTLESS & COUNTLESS excuses over a period of 12-14 months. He ignored me until I personally ran into him in Tallahassee and basically forced him to pay me.
Due to fear of industry backlash…
several others backed away from their submitted testimonials. But, we openly invite any others who have been unpaid by this company to come forward and contact us at info@EDMDaycare.com to submit your story. We at EDM Daycare strive to support the EDM community as a whole. As unpleasant as it is to air such facts, it’s the first step in holding event companies accountable for their actions and malfeasance. MOST of those working in events live paycheck to paycheck and have many crucial expenses like school, food, and families. When staff, artists, agencies, and partners alike are not paid but too scared to speak up, it creates a snowball effect that allows this kind of behavior to continue occurring.
We’re hoping the EDM community stands behind those wronged and share this article of awareness. Most have settled on the fact that they’re not getting paid. But with your help, as a community, we can at the very least help future individuals be aware of their history when deciding who to work for/with.
Peace. Love. Unity. Respect.
Feel free to reach out to the EDM Daycare staff if you’ve been affected by this company and wish to give your story. We’ll gladly keep you anonymous.
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