This is a follow up to an earlier thread I posted about a conundrum I was/am facing with a band album project being dominated by a bandmate. Given that the album is about 90% completed, I'm choosing to grit my teeth until the album is released and then bow out gracefully, although the temptation to just quit outright waxes and wanes. As a bit of background, each of us members is pitching in equally with the financial backing and costs for this project and, at least in theory, splitting whatever money we make from the project equally (if we do make any). The alpha guy insists on mixing every song himself except for his vocals, which he has hired a professional engineer to mix separately. There has been a recurrent pattern where the guitar parts I play that he dictates to me are mixed very prominently/loudly, while he buries the parts I come up with on my own (even actual solos) deep in the mix, if he includes them at all in the first place, despite his apparent enthusiasm for them. Same goes for the bass -- if he plays the bass himself, it's very upfront in the mix, whereas if anyone else does, it's mixed way down. Last week, I told him that I would bow out of an upcoming video shoot for a song on which he completely excluded my guitar parts, as I'm not really a music video guy and I didn't see any point to miming in the video for a song that I don't play on. The alpha guy instead asked me to record a new stem for this new song last minute (as he reportedly forgot about and/or lost the previous one), which was then buried in the mix to the extent that I had to listen to it three times to tell if my part was actually there. This was pretty frustrating and almost insulting of my time and effort. As a result, I've started to directly voice my opinion of his mixes when the parts I come up with are mixed out or not included at all. It has been very frustrating to spend my spare time coming up with parts for the songs and to have them buried or excluded without any rationale or reason provided, despite being encouraged and praised about the parts I come up with. I'm not necessarily asking for the guitar to be front and centre but to at least be somewhat audible in the overall mix. Otherwise, quite honestly, it feels like I'm covering an equal portion of the costs of a project that is entirely the alpha guy's musical vision and "star" vehicle with very little of my musical voice represented. However, once again (especially as someone who has chronically struggled with assertiveness), I'm asking myself if I'm being reasonable or if I'm letting my ego get in the way unhealthily. Should I be speaking up for myself and my efforts/contributions, or should I just let it slide?