Thursday, August 6, 2015

Slipknot's Corey Taylor: "Music business can't catch up with the technology"

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor recently talked with "That Metal Show", you can read some excerpts below.

About kids' preference for having access to items rather than owning them Corey said: "People have been doing for a while on YouTube. Like, they would pull up YouTube on their phone and just listen to it there. 'Cause everybody puts the official video up there, or there's the lyric video, so you don't need to necessarily watch the video to hear it."

He continued: "For me, it's an interesting dichotomy. Because, on one hand, you've got people who are streaming, but then they use that to decide whether or not they wanna buy the album, as opposed to illegal downloading. But then there's the other side of it where people are kind of using it as, basically, satellite radio, where it's, like, 'I'm just gonna listen to this.' But people still pay a subscription for it. So, in one way or another, the economy is still working. It's just that… We can't catch up with the technology; that's the problem. There's so many innovations that the powers that be can't figure out… they can't get ahead of it."

"It's funny, 'cause I look at it like chasing a serial killer, basically. It's, like, you're constantly trying to get ahead of them, following the evidence of what's going to happen next, so you can stop it. The labels have kind of started doing that, they're trying to see where it's going to head, but because the technology's so frenetic, you can't really get ahead of it. So you've got people like me… And I'm very fortunate, I kind of established myself before any of that happened. I mean, we were the last generation… We got grandfathered in, as I like to say."

Corey went on to say that being on radio and selling millions of records is not as important to him as it used to be. "To me, Slipknot is a band that… We just hope people know the music. Because we're always gonna go out and tour for a year and a half. We're all about the touring, we're all about putting the art into the video. We love putting the art together for the album, but now it doesn't necessarily have to be the end-all, be-all. You want people to be at the show and feel that emotion. Because there's still nothing like getting that pop from the audience when they know the tune. Twenty thousand people losing their minds, there's no way to download that, there's no way to stream that. It's just something you have to experience. And I think until that dies, I think they'll just be chasing its tail."

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