Corey Taylor Of Slipknot/Stone Sour

Slipknot/Stone Sour Frontman Corey Taylor Says Musicians Don’t Need To Be ‘Loaded’ To Create & Perform


Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor believes that musicians don’t need to rely on substances to be creative or deliver a solid live show. In an appearance on the latest episode of Daniel P. Carter‘s ‘The Marshall Podcast‘ (hear it below,) Taylor, shared his thoughts on sobriety and how it can benefit creativity and live performances.

Given his rather prolific output, he was asked if he had ever lost his drive and motivation to make music, to which he responded:

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“Only when I was drinking, and that wasn’t because of the music. I was still committed to the music, but I was so out of it that it took me out of myself. One of the things I realized and what encouraged me down the road of sobriety was seeing how bad my voice was sounding and how bad my creative level was at. That was a huge piece in me calling it a day on that shit.”

When asked by Carter about the belief that some musicians’ output is improved by the aid of drugs and alcohol, Taylor responded:

“I think it’s encouraged by the people who are actually embedded in that. They want people to think that it’s hard to create without chemicals. And that’s addict language, because I used to do that for me from a performing standpoint. I was convinced that I couldn’t perform if I didn’t have a Jack and Coke — at least one. And then that became two. And then that became half a bottle. That’s addiction.

So I think that’s a myth perpetuated by addicts who are looking for people to reinforce their dependency. And it’s easy — especially when you see the antics and hear the, ‘Such a great time.’ And there were great times. However, that had nothing to do with making an album; that had nothing to do with writing and performing and using your ability. That was the after-effect; that was the after-party.

I have only been loaded in the studio twice, and I didn’t like it one bit, ’cause I couldn’t control anything.And then listening back to shit, I was, like, ‘Oh, this is horrible. Why did I do that?’ So, I’ve really tried to kind of kill that myth for people.”

He continued:

“If that’s what you think, then, I mean, God bless you; that’s fine. If that’s what works for you, that’s what works for you. I’m not gonna convince you otherwise. However, it is not the law of the land. You don’t have to be loaded to fucking create. You don’t have to be loaded to fucking have a good time. I actually think you sound better and play better and you have a better energy when you’re not [loaded]. Because then the focus is on you. There are no excuses after that. It’s you, and that’s the rawness of what we do.”

In addition to his experience from decades spent in the music industry, Taylor himself battled with addiction, before eventually going sober in the early 2000s. His late Slipknot bandmate Paul Gray lost his life due to an overdose in 2010. More recently, his Stone Sour bandmate  Josh Rand temporarily stepped down from the band in 2018 to address his own addiction issues.

[via Blabbermouth]

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