Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: Tension While Recording ‘Can Hinder Art’

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In a recent interview with Terrie Carr of Morristown’s radio station 105.5 WDHA, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor shared insights into his mindset and approach while working on his solo music.

Taylor, who is promoting his upcoming second solo album CMF2, expressed his preference for a collaborative environment in the studio. He highlighted the importance of band members bringing their ideas to the table and playing together to create something exceptional.

Taylor emphasized his goal of writing music that people will remember and appreciate. He acknowledged that tension does have its place in art but stated that he believes it can hinder the creative process instead of enhancing it. With his band, Taylor values the enjoyable experience of playing and hanging out together, recognizing the collective strength they possess. (Transcribed by Blabbermouth)

“To me, it’s very collaborative to the point where… What I like is when guys come in and they’ve got a great idea for what they wanna do and then we kind of play it together. And then I go, ‘You know what? That works. Maybe not this, but let’s try that.’ Or it just all works. To me, I want it all to be positive.

“I’m not a gnarly dude in the studio,” he explained. “My whole goal is to write. My whole goal is to make something that people can look back on and go, ‘Man, that was incredible.’ And I know from past experience that you don’t always need tension for that. Sometimes tension can hinder art instead of create art. Now, it has its place. But for me, especially with this band, man, we have such a great time, not only just playing together but hanging out. We know that together we can get there.

“I’m not a slave driver. I don’t crack the whip so much. I let things happen naturally. And if there’s something that I’m not hearing, then we go back and we figure it out or I add it as ear candy or I play it myself. I’m pretty easy when it comes to that stuff. And we just love to have a good time doing it.”

Sort of seems like he may be hinting at tensions between himself and other members of Slipknot during recording, but remains to be seen.

CMF2 is Taylor’s first album under the BMG label and also marks the debut release on his own label imprint, Decibel Cooper Recordings. Jay Ruston, known for his work with bands like Anthrax and Amon Amarth, returns as the producer for Taylor’s second full-length solo album, having previously worked with him on Stone Sour‘s Hydrograd LP and his debut solo album, CMFT.

With “CMF2” on the horizon and an exciting tour ahead, Corey Taylor continues to explore his solo musical endeavors while embracing the collaborative spirit that fuels his creativity.

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