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Corey Taylor: I love the music, I hate the business

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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.