well, I can't answer because this problem involved mainly my brother. I was involved only in a little part with some money.
But, you know...this is typical chinese attitude: at first many smiles, kind words, promises, kindness, everything will be good, we are friends and so on...then elease after release you are told that you'll receive your money in the future...and you believe in it, also because in the meantime you have to work on other future and planned releases. We had to pay a lot of fines to bands because of delays in printing and putting out the CDs: of course Filippo (my brother) and me had to pay. Wang never put a single cent as it was not his problem. His problem was only to cash money when it was time to put the CDs on sale.
On the other side my brother couldn't even get his own money because he couldn't open a bank account in China: to open a bank account in China you need a certain sum of money that he couldn't reach, so every (theorical) sum of money he could receive was forwarded to Wang's account. He kept his money, sure: in the sense that he kept for himself.
My brother loved this job too much: every year I went to his apartment in China and he stayed in front of the pc until 3-4 am and slept just a couple of housr before going to work. "I have to finish this artwork, I have to clean this master tapes, I have to prepare stuff for the next release"....I told him to have a rest, to take it slower..."I can't, I want this CD to be ready soon".....
In the last months he clearly asked Wang to put out some releases within a certain time: Sabbat had to be printed on May in order to allow another italian label to put out on sale the vnyl version. He wrote dozens and dozens of times to Wang praying him to speed up things. Wang never replied. Or he did only once with a "yes, ok".
Up to now the Sabbat box set is not out yet and this lead to misunderstanding with other labels too and rumors of bootleg editions are circulating. I can assure that NONE of the ADP released in were mybrother was involved were bootleg or unauthorised: every royalty and right was paid by my brother and me. We spend around 3500/4000 US$ for the last 5-6 releases but we never saw a money back from Wang who - in the meantime - simply disappeared and relpied back only 1 at month ensuring that "everything was ok". Actually it was not as many, too many bands started complaining with my brothers for delay.
Wang - who is in charge of Areadeath - simply ignored these problems: delays, copyright costs, royalties, remastering, cleaning sounds costs were all beared by Filippo. What made my brother really sick and angry was also the total indifference of Wang in replying to bands once they asked why such delays or why they never got a proper reply by ADP. Wang simply forwarded every email to my brother and didn't take care at all of these problems. He forwarded everything to my brother who - not only had to pay thousand of dollars for pre-production costs - but he had also the embarassing duty to find excuses and explaining bands the reason of such delays.
Wang just appeared when it was time to put CD's on sale and cash money. As I told you before we never saw a money back: I recentely found a message from Wang where he said to another label: "I beared all costs: printing CDs, printing box and booklet".
Honestly this part of costs is simply nothing compared to the cost that Filippo and me beared to buy royalties/rights, to deliver master tapes, to clean and remaster the sound.
But this part of costs was simply ignored by Wang, always: he want to appear like the one who beared some costs. Pressing CD's and booklet is just a 10-15% of total costs, but this allow him to claim any rights to keep every money from sale of CD for himself and do not share them with my brother who beared almost 90% of total costs.
My brother felt like a slave, a powerless slave time after time...and Wang simply never cared of his requests/situation: at least, until many months ago he kept on promising money. Then, in the last months he even stopped promising. He stopped writng to my brother, he simply started ignoring him, considering him just like a minion in his hands.
I told my brother to give up many years ago: I immediately felt that something was wrong but my brother already arranged for future releases and he couldn't stop: otherwise he had to pay fines to bands, he hadto bear bad and negative feedbacks (as I told you, Wang never spent time in replying to bands and give them a proper answer: it was not his duty, he felt. There was my minion-brother who had to do such unconvenient job)
In a recent email that I found Wang says to another label that he phones to my brother or he writes to my brother "very often" and they "are in good and friendly relationship, everything is ok"....this is 100% hypocrital...but this is chinese culture: to foreigner we must tell that everything is fine, that everything is going well, no problems, we all are happy to work together and things couldn't go better. Chinese peopel think that - with a smile and positive/happy words - us, poor foreigners can be so idiot to be fooled.
Well....yes...I told my brother so many times to give up: working for nothing - worse: working and paying every money, so much money that actually my brother at the age of 36 has only less that 500 euros in his pocket - is wrong and leads to nothing.
But he loved this job too much: he thought it was a sort of mission, his dream came true...he never paid attention to money and business, he did it only for passion and loveand he's too candid/innocent to believe that people simply could cheat him.....
ifyou add that (I traveled something like 30 different countries in the world) I never found such a selfish, greed, egoistic and xenophobic, money oriented society like China, where every basic human's and worker's right is simply ignored (cars just drive on sidewalks and cross with red lights withoutany respect for other people, there is no free holydays or free assistance, no right to strike, as well as a lot of xenophobia, intolerance, censrship and exploitation of other people's lives by bosses who can easily buy policemen, law, judges and whole local governments)...well...yes...it was a big failure where we only lost time, energy, money and health for nothing.
The only one whos the real winner is Wang...he made a lot of money, he's enjoying great positive feedbacks with his label and basically spent nothing because there was somebody else who covered almost every cost for him.