Ozzy Osbourne is a living legend whether people like him or not. The Prince of Darkness shaped the metal world with Black Sabbath and went on to have a successful solo career that he continues to this day, knowing that he recently finished a new album which is due out in September (according to his wife and manager Sharon).
Osbourne has known all the ins and outs of the music industry over several decades, and it’s always interesting to hear what the old-timers have to say about today’s world, knowing they’ve seen and experienced so much more than the younger generations.
In a recent interview for Classic Rock, published on LouderSound.comOsbourne answered many varied questions, including a few about the modern music industry.
Much of the money that Osbourne and his companions made at the time came from record sales. Today this is no longer really the case, although some metalheads still choose to support artists by buying physical media like CDs and vinyl, most people stream the music and then buy merch and go to concerts.
When asked what he thinks of streaming services, Osbourne replies: “Spotify is a fucking joke. The royalties aspect of music creation has completely disappeared into the toilet.”
The way Osbourne’s career was launched was very different from that of artists today. Before, you had to record demos and send them to labels, and play a lot of gigs to get good and have the opportunity to be noticed. Today, most artists become famous thanks to the Internet and social networks in particular.
When asked if he is active on social media and/or consumes content on these platforms, Osbourne reveals: “A little. I don’t really trust them. Maybe because I’m an old-fashioned guy, but everything seems to go too fast these days.
When asked if he thinks it’s hard to be a young musician starting out now, he replies: “Yes, absolutely. It’s a completely different world now. Before, we could do concerts and get noticed. Now you buy a book on how to be a rock star, read it, and go from there.”
On the other hand, for his upcoming album, Osbourne reunited with producer Andrew Watt (Post Malone, Miley Cyrus), with whom he had previously worked on Ordinary Man in 2020.
In addition to Watt’s playing, this album will also feature a cavalcade of guest musicians, including performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
We will also find Tony Iommi, former comrade of Osbourne within the group Black Sabbath, and Zakk Wylde, regular collaborator.
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam also recorded special performances for this opus.
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Ozzy Osbourne says it’s ‘difficult to be a young musician’ these days: ‘It’s a completely different world now’
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