CARMINE APPICE: ‘Streaming destroyed the music industry’

Legendary drummer Carmine Appicewho worked as Rod Stewart‘s kit-man in the 1970s and 1980s, co-writing Stewart hits “Young Turks” and “Since You Think I’m Sexy”talked to “Music Biz Weekly Podcast” about his decision to sell his songwriting stake in some of his most popular songs. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “There’s no money in songwriting anymore. There’s no money in selling records. I’ve got all these gold records on the wall; nobody gets them anymore. And that’s how you make money.

“The only way to make money today is if you get a song Netflix or you get a song in a movie,” he explained. “That’s the only way to get money. Because the streaming industry is ridiculously useless.

“The reason I sold my songs was because there are no more royalties; they are very small. Because everything went to streaming and streaming destroyed the music industry as far as I know. I don’t even want to listen to Spotify or any of the ​​those things; I don’t want to listen to them because they rip the musicians off so bad. When you talk about young musicians, they don’t stand a chance – unless they somehow know how to get all these hits on Youtube. I don’t know how to do it.”

Later in the interview, Carmine reiterated his belief that he wouldn’t know how to make money if he started out as a musician today. “I don’t know how these bands come out and they get two million views Youtubeor they get four hundred thousand people on Facebook and Instagram,” he said. “I don’t really know that thing; I haven’t a clue how to do it. So they probably know better than I do. But still, when they do it, the only money (that) could is earned by touring and playing concerts and (selling) merch. Even if you don’t have a big name, you’re opening for someone, you’re making merch and making some money. And you get big, and it’s all about touring and merchandise. You get shit money off Spotify. And the labels, they don’t sell CDs anymore. They might sell some vinyl, but there’s no money in it.”

Application is the original drummer of VANILLA FUDGE, which he still records and performs with today. He has also played along CACTUS and BECK, BOGERT & APPICEin addition to spending stints in bands of Ozzy Osbourne and Stewart. Carmine was named the 28th greatest drummer of all time Rolling stones magazine.

Application widely regarded as one of the most accomplished showmen in rock and has received numerous awards, including dozens of gold and platinum-selling records. Carmine has broken new ground in all aspects of his career as a performer, as a teacher and as a writer, and he continues to inspire drummers and listeners around the world with his originality and unwavering dedication to the art of drumming.

Carmineautobiography, “Stick It!: My Life Of Sex, Drums and Rock ‘N’ Roll”was published in May 2016 by Chicago Review Press.

Under the designation APPIC, Carmine and his brother Vinny released “Spooky”their first joint studio album, in October 2017 inclusive SPV/steam hammer.


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