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TesseracT Clarify Their Stance On Merch Seller Tips In New Statement


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British progressive metal outfit TesseracT have now issued a new statement in regards to their drummer Jay Postones‘ recent controversial take on the tips merch sellers receive at band’s live shows. In a statement shared via his personal social media Postones expressed his desire that tips being left to the merch person should be split amongst the entire touring party, including the band and crew.

The post was apparently made in response to the tips being made to the band’s merch person amid TesseracT‘s ongoing North American tour with Intervals and Alluvial. In his recent post on the matter, Postones stated of the situation:

“From speaking to peers, we have discovered that some merch sellers are generating in excess of $30k in tips over the course of a 5-6-week tour – which is insane. No one else on a tour at our level makes anything close to this. The band members certainly do not. The other crew members are on agreed fees, nowhere close to this.

We understand that in the US service industry, tipping culture is normal. It brings low-paid jobs up to a, hopefully, liveable level. The job we’re hiring though is not a low-paid job.

While it goes against the grain, our suggestion is that all tips taken at the merch desk should be shared across the entourage – band, and crew. We’re all here, working hard all day to bring the show to you. It seems unfair for one person to own the monopoly on tips for the entire package.

While it’s too late to make this change mid tour, we have set up a digital tip jar that will be shared between the band and crew at the end of the tour. Scan the ‘tip the band’ QR code at our merch desk if you’d like your tip to reach all of us.”

The band have since drawn heated responses from numerous musicians and merch people in light of Postones comments (see this story for a collection of some of those comments.) Responding to the apparent backlash the band have faced in light of their drummer’s post, TesseracT took the internet today, October 16th, to further explain their stance on the matter:

“Hi guys,

We would like to talk about Jay’s recent post to clarify the situation.

We have not, and will not be taking a cut of merch seller tips, and would never wish to.

As a band we do not expect tips at shows, however, we have had a number of generous fans donating tips at the merch desk believing that they are / or are in part reaching the band and touring party.

We had set up a small donation QR code for the touring party, but regrettably this has caused confusion and this has been removed.

Please know that tipping at the merch stand is a means to support the merch seller, as is customary.

Merch sellers are working hard, as are the band and crew, and whether they tour with us or join us locally, they are an extremely valued member of our team.

We are not a part of the US tipping culture and are in no position to challenge this, but we are a transparent bunch of people and will always shed a light on issues that arise.

We thank you for your continued support as always

TesseracT”

Tesseract Intervals and Alluvial:

10/17 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
10/19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
10/20 Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
10/21 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
10/23 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/26 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10/27 Vancouver, BC – Commodore
10/28 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/29 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10/31 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
11/01 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre
11/03 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
11/04 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
11/05 Albuquerque, NM – Revel
11/07 Dallas, TX – The Granada Theater
11/08 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/11 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/12 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
11/13 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

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