The Slipknot and Stone Sour singer talks about the genre-defying new set, which sees him writing on mandolin for the first time and tapping into his acoustic side. In particular, there’s the track “Breath of Fresh Smoke,” which Taylor says he wrote “about 17 years ago” when he first discovered Ray LaMontagne. He says the folk rocker “is, to me, one of the greatest modern songwriters. He and Ani DiFranco really were the two people that inspired me to write acoustically, and to take it to the places that I’ve been able to take it to.”
He also shares his admiration for the courage and career foresight of artists like David Bowie and Prince, dissects Slipknot’s penchant for hooks, and shares where he continues to get his anger from. Taylor also lets fans know about his plans for the legendary magazine Famous Monsters, which he recently purchased, setting his sights on a semi-annual publication and movies under the banner.
Listen to Corey Taylor chat about CMF2 and more in the new episode above, or watch the conversation below via YouTube. For more on Taylor and his new LP, make sure to read our cover story, Beyond the Mask: Corey Taylor’s Ride from Wild to Wise, and pick up our exclusive merch capsule created in collaboration with the artist: a photo print of the cover story imagery and a “patch pinup” T-shirt design featuring Taylor himself. Bundle both together for a discounted price! Grab yours at the Consequence Shop or via the buy-now buttons ahead.