Despite Six Million Albums Sold Chevelle’s Pete Loeffler Says “We Haven’t Made Any Money Off Of Record Sales”


Chevelle frontman/guitarist Pete Loeffler recently appeared on ‘The KiddChris Show‘ for WEBN and spoke freely of the business aspects of the band. He went on to say that the band have completed their record contract with Sony/Epic with the release of their latest album, “Niratias“.

Loeffler also revealed that despite what he stated was ‘six million albums sold’, the band “haven’t made any money off of record sales.” Here’s what he had to say:

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“We just finished our record contract. How many bands can say that? We just handed in our last one for Sony/Epic, and we’re sitting here wondering what’s next. Where do we go now? Do we go back to being an indie band? I mean, that’s kind of cool. That sounds exciting. I don’t know. I don’t know where we’re gonna go now. Do we start a label? Do we do it ourselves? We’re not a TikTok band necessarily; we don’t have that platform.”

“We’re trying to change, but not change too much to lose your core fanbase, and yet you do wanna grow, and yet you don’t wanna be stuck in the same archaic music-business model.”

When asked if they will be re-signing with Epic, he responded:

“Contracts are a bitch, and we’ve signed some raw ones. And we need to start trying to make some money off of our catalog, which is 10 albums deep, plus all the side stuff. We haven’t made any money off of record sales, album sales. It’s all gone to the major labels. A lot of people make money off of us; we just don’t make money the way the deals are structured. We just aren’t excited to get back into any kind of contract. So if we find a new home at a new label, wherever it is, it’s gotta be a special deal where you get something for your hard work.”

“It would be nice to do something different and actually make a buck off of an album for once; it just hasn’t happened for us. We’ve sold six million albums for Epic Records, and they’ve made 50 million dollars. It’s lopsided. And the artist — just like Dave Chappelle said, he knows he signed a deal with for the Chappelle show long ago, and it’s a raw deal. It went to someone else, and they can put it on any platform they want, whether it’s Netflix or HBO or whatever, and he went to them and said, ‘Look, I know I did that, but it’s wrong — it’s still wrong. You need to compensate the artist.’ And that’s kind of where we’re ending up too. It’s a bad business model for the artist.”

While their contract with Epic has been fulfilled, the label still maintain control of the band’s masters, he said of that:

“The fact of the matter is when you sign a record deal with a major, they own it for, like, 20-something years. We said, ‘We’d re-sign with you if you just sent some of it through the pipeline to us.’ All the profits, they’re keeping everything. ‘And if you just send a little bit through, maybe we can talk about this, [about] continuing on.’ I mean, there’s some good people at Epic. And then, in a lot of ways, we feel burned.”

Chevelle‘s career has been commercially successful over the years, with the following sales awards have been certified by the RIAA in the United States:


  • Wonder What’s Next” (2x multi-platinum)
  • This Type Of Thinking Could To Us In” (platinum)
  • Vena Sera” (gold)


  • The Red” (2x multi-platinum)
  • Send The Pain Below” (platinum)
  • The Clincher” (gold)
  • Face To The Floor” (gold)
  • I Get It” (gold)
  • Jars” (gold)
  • Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)” (gold)

A platinum album in the United States represents 1,000,000 units, while gold signifies 500,000 units. Outside of traditional physical/digital sales, the certifications factor in digital streams/downloads with 10 permanent track downloads counting as 1 unit and 1500 on-demand audio/video streams from a particular album also counting as as a unit.