Corey Taylor: I love the music, I hate the business
Slipknot frontman inspired by the saying “be careful what you wish for” for Killpop lyrics
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor wrote recent single Killpop to express his love-hate relationship with life as a musician, he’s revealed.
The track appears on last year’s album .5: The Gray Chapter, which marked the band’s return to studio work following the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010.
And the vocalist is impressed with the different interpretations the song has received.
Taylor tells WGRD: “It’s nowhere near what I wrote about. The song is my reflection on my relationship with music – that’s who the ‘she’ is. Not just music, but the music industry.
“There’s the old adage ‘be careful what you wish for.’ Be careful doing what you love, because sometimes it will turn on you. Any time you mix something that you love and business, you’re going to find the rusty cracks in there that piss you off.”
He continues: “The song is about how much I still love making music – but also how much I hate the business side, the numbers side, the people in suits who try to run stuff, having to deal with them and having to learn how to talk to them.”
But Taylor accepts the reality of his situation. “It is what it is,” he says. “And we got a great song out of it.”
Slipknot are currently touring the US before headlining the Download festival at Donington on June 12-14. They hit the road again in North America in July alongside Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White. Taylor’s other band Stone Sour release their covers EP Meanwhile In Burbank... digitally today.