Corey Taylor Explains Why Artists Don't Need Drugs & Alcohol to be Creative

November 13, 2019

Corey Taylor, like many artists, has had a history of substance abuse with drugs and alcohol. During his appearance on The Marshall Podcast, looking back, Taylor concludes that an artist doesn't need drugs or alcohol in order to create mind-bending music. "I think it's encouraged by the people who are actually embedded in that," says Taylor. "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."

Although Taylor admits that falling into substance abuse can be easy, partaking in drugs and/or alcohol has nothing to do with elevating one's creativity. "I have only been loaded in the studio twice, and I didn't like it one bit, 'cause I couldn't control anything," he says. "And then listening back to s**t, 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."

"However, it is not the law of the land. You don't have to be loaded to f**king create. You don't have to be loaded to f**king 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."

Listen to Corey Taylor's full appearance in the podcast below: