Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor Wants to Connect

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

Corey Taylor knows a lot more than just music — although the lead vocalist and lyricist of Stone Sour (who has released five studio albums with the band) has also performed with Slipknot, Soulfly, Apocalyptica among others. So add to his accomplishments books and graphic novels. So just what goes on in Corey Taylor’s mind? The best way to find out is to ask him. So we did.

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What is the purpose of your music?

Corey Taylor
The music has two purposes: the first is to fulfill something inside of me  — once you get a taste of an unlimited creativity you can’t put it down: there a “want,” a “need” for me in my life to be able to create and emote and to cut out a niche in music and writing.

The other thing is a low-level conscious way to relate to people and to get people to relate to what I am saying. There are more cliches today in music and movies and celebrities and for me to represent the other end of the spectrum and give people something real and different is what I seek to do. The message I want to get out is to be strong and take care of yourself and don’t hide behind your words and be weak. I strive to put out a stronger and more positive image than is normally seen.

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Do you connect better with your audience through live tours?

Corey Taylor (center)

Courtesy of Roadrunner Records

Corey Taylor
Definitely. A live tour is the best way to connect with your audience as a whole — to get out in front of them and give them a human element to interact with. It’s not about lip syncing or doing dance moves but providing a human, real experience musically. That means the bad as well as the good in performing. My getting in front of a live audience lets me reinforce the positivity because they see how much I enjoy being there and entertaining them. It’s not the audience’s job but mine to entertain them and to go up and beyond my limits to give them the best concert possible. It’s all about reinforcing the connection between the band and the audience when it comes to music. For me, the best way to do this is to be yourself and not put on airs or put on some theater or “mugging” for the audience. It’s about connecting with them by having a good time performing and that translates back into their having a good time too.

You have to go into a concert situation without any preconceptions so you can let loose — the audience is to leave their worries at the door and have a blast.

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But music isn’t your only thing. You’re involved in graphic novels too, right?

One of the graphic novels Corey Taylor has worked on with Dark Horse

credit: Dark Horse

Corey Taylor
The graphic novel I worked on started as a short story I was writing for two albums so as to provide for a whole different take than just listening to the music. It’s like seeing musical beats happening in a work of fiction. I could see that my writing was very visual but it didn’t occur to me that it could be a comic book. But if the right team of artists got involved it could make for something interesting and away to connect the music to the story on a whole different level. So I was lucky to be able to work with a great company like Dark Horse and great artists — all these people came out of the woodwork to help. As a fan of comics, I wanted this to be as cool as it could be (I never wrote a script for a comic before) but adapting my story enabled me to add some little highlights and work on elevating the story in this other medium.

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What’s next?

(Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Credit: Da Capo Press)

Corey Taylor
I’m lucky that I’ve been able to take advantage of whatever creative juices I’ve been given — I wrote my first book and my second — A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven — is essentially stories of things dealt with in the paranormal that I’ve lived through — it’s me starting a conversation with a firm belief in the paranormal as opposed to God. Me figuring out what these phenomena are, not from the status quo of religion or ghost hunters, but from a scientific point of view and the stories reflect that. It’ll get me in a lot of trouble I guess. I mean there’s stuff that happens you can’t explain away with a wave of your hand.

We bet the theme song's playing in your head right now.

We bet the theme song’s playing in your head right now.

Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture. Visit his website.

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