10 Things We Learned From Corey Taylor's Facebook Live Q&A

August 15, 2019

Riding the wave success of We Are Not Your Kind, Slipknot continues to pack out venues and put on the high-energy shows they are known for while fans embrace all of the band's new material.

As a special thank you to fans for all of their support, frontman Corey Taylor hosted a live Q&A on Slipknot's Facebook page to discuss everything from the inspiration behind We Are Not Your Kind, his new mask, his favorite new songs to perform, whether he'll be writing more books, and much more.

Here are some of the highlights from Taylor's Q&A:

1. Some of Slipknot's material was partly inspired by John Carpenter

Although Taylor says that Carpenter was not an "overt" inspiration behind some of their music, he does respect his sense of composition and the kind of mood he is able to capture. "The music that he scored for his movies was so ominous and lurching," says Taylor. "You can definitely hear that on 'Spiders'. You can definitely hear that on things like 'My Pain'."

2. Being in Slipknot helped make Corey Taylor a better, well-rounded person

Like many scientific studies have shown, listening to heavy metal allows people to become happier and well-adjusted in their adult years by being able to use it as a catharsis confront and deal with negative emotions. “It allowed me to tap into the inner angst and write it down and make sure that I could let it go, and show people how to do it themselves," says Taylor. "So I think, in a way, being in Slipknot has just made me a better person – a better, well-rounded person, and someone who realises that, when I’m hurting, I should always try to find a way to either get help or solve the pain.”

3. Corey plans on writing more books in the future

Taylor's last publication "America 51" had taken its mental toll on him, which is the reason why he took a break from writing books. But he does say that he has a few ideas he would like to toy with sometime in the future. "But I’m starting to get that itch again; I’ve actually got a really great idea for a novel, as well as a cool idea for another rant book as I like to call them! Probably in the next year or so I’ll start working on that, but right now my main focus is Slipknot.”

4. "Unsainted" was the hardest song on We Are Not Your Kind to create

The band's first new single off of the album turned out to be one of the most difficult to put together. "It was such a great song, and yet we couldn’t figure out how to start it; we couldn’t figure out what the best intro was for it," says Taylor. But when their producer Greg Fidelman and Clown approached him with the idea of using a choir, Taylor was firmly against it at first. "I immediately blanked against it. I was like, ‘No, no!’ I don’t want to say it was dumb, but it didn’t feel like us… until I heard the mock-up for it, and just the mock-up alone was incredible." He later adds, "I was never so happy to be wrong in my life."

5. Corey's voice got stronger ever since he quit drinking and smoking

“Every album is a challenge vocally, because I want to push myself to be better than the last one – especially considering some of the challenges that I’ve had physically over the years. I haven’t drank [alcohol> in nine years and haven’t smoked in five, and my voice is actually stronger than it’s ever been.”

6. Corey never thought Slipknot would become a successful band

"It's very gratifying to see that the future has been very kind to what we've percieved as art," says Taylor. "Clown's vision, all of our hard work, pushing through the nay-sayers who called this a gimmick and didn't understand the creativity and the art behind it. The real passion behind it. It's been very cool to see the future embrace us the way we are, and to see the band to become bigger than we've ever been, actually, which is saying something. So I'm as surprised as anybody else is."

7. "Solway Firth" is his favorite new song to perform live

Slipknot has a flurry of new songs they've been cranking out live, but as far as which one Taylor likes to perform the most, that honor belongs to "Solway Firth." "It’s such a pummelling song, and the reaction that we get from the audience – especially a multi-generational audience – is just fantastic. I couldn’t ask for something better than that.”

8. Staying healthy on the road is a top priority

We often hear about bands having to cancel shows because they become ill or suffer a kind of injury, preventing them from going onstage. So keeping his body in good condition is very high on Taylor's priority list while touring. "You kind of have to devote yourself to making sure that you’re as healthy as you can be. I mean, I fight illness and allergies just like the other guys, but I try to eat right when I can, I take all my old man vitamins (laughs), I hydrate… the best thing you can do as a singer is know where your body is physically, and what you’re going through. If you’re feeling healthy, you can get through any show; if you know physically where your body’s at, you can at least manipulate yourself to make an incredible show. That’s what it’s all about.”

9. Corey's new mask was inspired by masks worn by burn victims

There was some initial hesitation from fans over how they felt about Corey Taylor's new mask. But upon further review, the meaning behind it is much deeper. "It was a way for me to show the resilience of someone that's been put through Hell, basically." says Taylor. "Almost like the second skin masks that a lot of burn victims use, so they can go out into the world and be themselves, and I've had a lot of people who spent a big part of their lives in something like this tell me how inspiring it was to use that. For me, Slipknot has always been about fighting stigmas, and this should never be something that makes you feel like it's unapproachable."

10. Clown is the creative force behind Slipknot

Taylor credits clown for being the creative genius behind the band's visuals in all of their aspects. "He goes above and beyond I've never seen another artist do, and he never gets enough credit," says Taylor. "The pretentious art people will never understand him the way he'll never understand them. It's great to watch him work. It's amazing to watch him do the things that he does, and visualize and try to create something that we've never done before, that nobody's done before. To watch his vision become a reality is fantastic."