By this point in his career, Corey Taylor has probably been interviewed by a great plethora of adults (and probably some teenagers) – but has the Slipknot singer ever been questioned by children? Well now he has!
Via BBC Sounds, several elementary school children had the chance to send Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor questions. Corey was asked a variety of questions by these kids, with subjects pertaining to Slipknot and his career as a musician. Let alone the idea of Corey being interviewed by school kids sounding cool, there is actually an additional cool element to this story as well.
Way back in early 2022, we wrote a story about a school teacher who uses Slipknot to teach her students time signature – well it is those kids from that class asking Corey these questions!
The first question asked of Taylor is if any of the band’s songs change in time signature, to which Taylor says:
“We do actually. ‘Vermilion’ is actually a song that goes from three-four into four-four and kind of back and forth. I think there’s a section in there that goes from three-four to seven-eight, actually, which is very weird. And it all kind of ties together with a riff that could go either way. And it allows us to kind of flow back and forth between them.”
Another question asked of him is how he became a musician and a songwriter, to which Taylor says:
“You know, it was just something that I instinctively just had a knack for. It all started with singing for me when I was about 10 years old. And I realized that I could pick up a guitar and I could find the notes – on the guitar – that were being played on the song that I was listening to, which, I then realized that I had what is called pitch. It’s not perfect pitch, but it’s darn close. And, after that, I realized that people liked what I did and just kind of leaned into it. I taught myself how to play guitar, so I could write songs. I had always written poems and whatnot, and I taught myself how to write lyrics. And then it was just a matter of getting people together to jam and have fun. The rest is history. But it all stemmed from me just loving to sing, and loving to sing along to stuff that I liked.”
And another question involves a kid asking Corey what inspires him to make music, to which he shares this:
“Oh, man, everything really! I mean, life in general is the biggest influence you could ever have. There’s so many things that you can look around at, whether it’s the things going on in your life, the things going on in other people’s lives, the things that affect the culture, the things that affect us politically, geopolitically, socio-politically. I mean everything around the world; even just taking something fun and turning it into a song. There’s so many things that, if you look around with the right kind of eyes, you can find inspiration in everything in life, no matter what it is. And you can take anything and write a song to it. The beautiful thing about music is that it’s limitless. It has no end. All it needs is a beginning.”
This is super wholesome and we love to see Corey taking the time to answer these kid’s questions. You can listen to Corey answering these elementary kids’ questions via this link here (jump to 1:15:50).