Taylor states that Slipknot fans are “Probably kids who were like me growing up. Not a lot of money but a dedication to music. When you grow up poor, you look for your outlet. You either set fire to portable toilets—which I’ve done; it’s fascinating to watch a Portaloo melt into plastic and form a big puddle, like a huge toadstool—or you find an escape. Slipknot fans have that escape in our music, which is why I take it so seriously. Growing up in chaos is never easy but if you feel you have no voice, it’s even worse. We’re an outlet for that, which is why I put so much thought into my lyrics. I want people to take something away from that. We get new fans every day and our fans are the ones who are desperately trying to find something to do. And if they can’t find something to do, it’s usually at the taxpayers’ expense.”
When asked about the music business, Taylor says, “that’s another book called How Not To Commit Murder In The Music Industry. It’s taught me patience and not to trust quickly. Just because someone’s supposed to be on your side, doesn’t mean they’re looking out for your best interests. I’m thankful we learned those lessons early. We worked with people who nearly drove us into the ground. Those early mistakes taught me a lot. Every day brings a new lesson.”
Read the whole interview here.
The tenth anniversary edition CD/DVD of Slipknot’s second record,“Iowa,” was released November 1st through Roadrunner Records.