‘[…] You’re a pretentious c***’: Corey Taylor Calls Out Artists Who Say They Don’t Listen To Their Own Music

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During a recent conversation with Kerrang!, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor expressed how he feels about artists who claim to not listen to their own music. This is a sentiment you will hear from time to time in various interviews – an artist may be asked about past music of theirs, and they may comment by saying “Oh I don’t listen to my own music/past material” (or something along those lines).

While talking about the upcoming new Slipknot album, THE END, SO FAR, Taylor speaks to reflecting on his past work and re-listening to what he and the band have done on this new record. At one point, this prompts him to bring up, per his words, something “a lot of artists never admit to” – in reference to artists who claim to not listen to their own music. In speaking to this subject, Taylor speaks to how he feels it is important to reflect on one’s past art, while also using some strong language to call out those who supposedly don’t. Per Corey Taylor:

“That’s something that I know a lot of artists never admit to – like, ‘Oh, I don’t listen to my own music.’ How do you know where to go next if you don’t know where you went before? If you just ignore your own fucking art then you’re just a fucking dickhead – you’re a pretentious c**t who can’t get out of their own way. And that’s fine – because then they just piss me off so I do what I do (laughs).”

What do you make of it when an artist claims to not listen to their own music or past records of theirs? Do you think it is important for artists to revisit past material? Below you will find links to other Slipknot related stories pertaining to THE END, SO FAR.

Slipknot Officially Announce New Album ‘THE END, SO FAR’ + Release New Single ‘The Dying Song (Time To Sing)’

Some Slipknot Members Debut New Masks with Announce of New Album

Corey Taylor Talks Inspiration Behind New Slipknot Song, ‘The Dying Song (Time To Sing)’

In other Slipknot related news, the band will hitting North America again later this year for another brief run of shows. Below you will find all the dates and locations associated with that North American tour.

  • 9/20 – Nashville, TV – Bridgestone Arena
  • 9/21 – Springfield, MO – Great Southern Bank Arena
  • 9/23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
  • 9/24 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
  • 9/27 – Austin, TX – Germania Amphitheatre
  • 9/28 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
  • 10/1 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
  • 10/2 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
  • 10/4 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
  • 10/6 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
  • 10/7- Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre