Audix Artist

Carmine Appice


Microphones used: Drums- D6, M44, i5, D4, SCX25A.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Carmine Appice is one of the most influential drummers in modern rock, best known for his groundbreaking work with psychedelic rock pioneers Vanilla Fudge, as well as Beck, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, and many others. Appice’s work has impacted a range of modern drummers, from Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Roger Taylor (Queen), and Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), to Phil Collins (Genesis), Neal Peart (Rush), Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), Ian Paice (Deep Purple) and countless others.

Known for his larger-than-life stage presence and unforgettable performances, Appice has worked with many of the industry’s highest-profile rock artists. Appice toured and recorded with Rod Stewart, and he also co-wrote two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.” After working with Stewart, Appice toured with Ozzy Osbourne and Ted Nugent and played on the Pink Floyd record Momentary Lapse of Reason.

An influential drum educator, Appice’s seminal book The Realistic Rock Drum Method has sold more than 400,000 copies, and he was the first rock musician to conduct instructional clinics around the world. He received a special honor in Los Angeles with his induction into the Hollywood Rock Walk, his handprints appearing next to his drumming idols Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. LA is also one of the four major U.S. cities to celebrate “Carmine Appice Day.” Appice’s autobiography, Stick It, was released in May 2016, shortly after the release of his album with Pat Travers, The Balls Album.

“I love Audix mics,” says Appice. “They are smooth, rugged, and the sound is awesome — I can really hear the difference. And they’re my favorite color!” Carmine uses a combination of D6 and M44 on kick, i5 on snare, D4 on toms and SCX25As for overheads.

Photo: Alex Solca