Corey Taylor Didn’t Get Enough Validation, So He Launched a Solo Career
The press tour for Corey Taylor‘s latest solo outing, CMF2, rattles on as the singer gave an outrageous interview to Paste in which he says that he launched his solo career because he wasn’t getting enough credit.
He told the interviewer:
“When Stone Sour first started, not only was I playing guitar constantly, but I was also the lead guitarist and main writer. Honestly, one of the reasons why I was very adamant about starting my solo thing is that there was a weird misconception around who was writing what for what band. Maybe this is where my ego comes into play, but I felt like I wasn’t getting the credit for the things I was actually writing. With Stone Sour, it was fairly obvious, but there were a lot of songs that I wrote that people thought [guitarists] Jim [Root] or Josh [Rand] wrote where that wasn’t the case at all. And then, with Slipknot, there was a lot of stuff that either wouldn’t have been written without me, or that I wrote that other people gave [themselves] credit [for]. As someone who takes great pride in sitting down and creating something from nothing — just from my imagination — that stuck in my craw.
“I’ve never shied away from giving credit to the people who deserve it. I’ve never taken credit for anything that I didn’t do, and I’ve always been the first to shine the spotlight on anybody else. I don’t necessarily get that in return. So this, for me, is setting the record straight and changing the narrative. Showing people that, ‘Oh yeah, he does write heavy shit. And country shit. And acoustic shit. And piano shit. And rock shit. Hardcore shit’ — the gamut.”
Feeling frustrated with a lack of credit is certainly a valid emotion to have but Corey Taylor is literally the face of Slipknot (and Stone Sour when they’re active), in addition to being one of the most popular talking heads in rock and metal music. I’m really not sure how much more credit someone can give the man at this point in his career but maybe he’ll find it in his solo career.