Corey Taylor Talks About Being Creative as a Musician
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor says he wants to “kill that myth” that alcohol and drugs are an important part of the creative process as a musician.
The vocalist is the second guest in history to appear on Daniel P. Carter’s The Marshall Podcast which had Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash as the first guest.
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Taylor revealed how drinking got in the way of him being creative with the interviewer asking if he ever lost his motivation for music replying
“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 realised 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 stuff.”
Taylor dispelled the myth of needing to be drunk or high to be creative saying: “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 some addict language.
“I used to do that for me, from a performing standpoint. I was convinced 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, ‘Oh, it’s 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.”
Taylor revealed he’s only “been loaded” in the recording studio twice, something he admits he wasn’t a fan of adding
“I’ve really tried to kill that myth for people. If that’s what you think then God bless you, that’s fine. If that what works for you, I’m not going to convince you otherwise. However, it’s not the law of the land.
“You don’t have to be loaded to 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. 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.”
Check out the interview below!