COREY TAYLOR On Writing Music For SLIPKNOT And STONE SOUR: ‘You Have To Go With Your Gut Instinct’

Tuesday, 04 July 2017
Maniacs asked SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor to answer a bunch of questions from his Australian fans on his recent visit. You can now watch the session below. Asked how he writes songs for SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR without the material ever crossing over, Taylor said: "I guess what goes into it is just respecting what both bands do and what both bands have done. If you sit down and set out to try and purposefully be different, you're always gonna sound similar and you're gonna set yourself up for failure. What you have to do is you kind of have to go with your gut instinct — you have to go with what feels correct, you have to go with what your instinct is. You have to sit down and go, 'Okay, well, I'm writing this. Well, this feels like SLIPKNOT, so this is gonna be SLIPKNOT,' 'Well, this feels like STONE SOUR. This is gonna be STONE SOUR,' and never going back on your musical world. It's just about sticking to your guns musically, having the courage to be able to go with what your gut thinks, go with what your instincts feel and go with what your heart says. That will keep you from repeating yourself. It will also re-establish the reasons why you do two bands in the first place, which is to do two separate types of music." STONE SOUR's new album, "Hydrograd", was released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER. The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 15 made the CD. Taylor confirmed in an interview with Billboard that there will be two Knotfests this year — one in Mexico and one in California, again combined with Ozzfest — but that he'll be there with STONE SOUR and not SLIPKNOT. The singer said it's important for Knotfest to take place without its namesake band headlining, explaining: "I think in a lot of ways your festival has to live past you, or it's not gonna live at all... That's why we put so much work into it to begin with, is to really make sure that it was stable and it was strong and the foundation was there." A Knotfest documentary — "Day Of The Gusano", filmed last year in Mexico — will premiere on September 6 in theaters for a special one-night-only screening.


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