Drummer Talk

The Funky Drummer wants to get him some!

Ok, so maybe Clyde “The Funky Drummer” Stubblefiled (famous for his work with James Brown) isn’t seeking royalties fromthe countless times his grooves have been sampled, but he is taking a proactive role in making his own samples readily available.

In a recent article in the New York Times, Stubblefield revealed that he has teamed up filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod to release a special “Funky Drummer Edition” of their recent released sampling rights documentary Copywright Criminals, featuring ready-to-sample breaks from the legendary drummer. Although Stubblefield isn’t seeking royalties for samples of the 1970 recording of his break, he is offering producers the right to sample these new beats for the cost of 15% of any commercial sales.

“All my life I’ve been wondering about my money,” he said. “People use my drum patterns on a lot of these songs. They never gave me credit, never paid me. It didn’t bug me or disturb me, but I think it’s disrespectful not to pay people for what they use.”

He added, “This differs from buying a sample pack for [Apple] GarageBand, because you know that what you are listening to and what you are sampling is the genius labor of this incredible musician. It’s Clyde Stubblefield.”

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