Am a music composer by profession.
Few months ago, i was approached by an Artist via emai who wanted to commission a track to me for his album. (Ghost Production) to which i agreed and got the advance for the same.
The Artist has only given his vocals. The rest of production (arranging/rhythm/melodies etc) is done by me.
The track is about to get completed but i wish to keep this core track (without his vocal) for myself and record someone else over it for my album. I have not signed any agreement/contract with him. Most of the communication has been verbal and via email.
Am keen on returning his advance back but he needs the track since its been 3 months now. He claims to have put in money for the video and other PR for this track.
Can there be a legal issue over this if i refuse to give the track?
Thanks in advance.