JOEY JORDISON: 'SLIPKNOT Isn't Going Anywhere'

October 17, 2013

Brian Giffin of Australia's Loud magazine recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and SCAR THE MARTYR drummer Joey Jordison. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Loud: What about the expectation for people that because Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT is involved [with SCAR THE MARTYR], there is going to be some level of SLIPKNOT about it?

Joey: There's always going to be that because SLIPKNOT, not only being my main project, but also because it broke down doors... a big factor to heavy music from when we came out to our last record, "All Hope Is Gone", and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Those expectations are gonna be there. But, like I said, if I was gonna do another project outside of SLIPKNOT, it had to be a project that I took very seriously. I took the song writing very seriously. I didn't want it to be a one-off project, something to pass the time. I wanted it to be something that's worthwhile, and would have a future.

Loud: SCAR THE MARTYR is being referred to a lot as a side-project, but really, this is your chief priority right now.

Joey: Yeah. Yeah, I'm on tour right now and the record's about to come out and we worked really hard on it, so I mean, this is my priority right now. I'm not just putting all this effort into making a full-length LP and get all these members involved if it was a side project. This is something that we're looking to do full term, alongside my duties with SLIPKNOT as well. In fact everyone's so excited right now, with home recording systems and computers that we, fuck man! We already have so many ideas for the next record already. It's just an exciting time over here with SCAR THE MARTYR. We're having a blast. And you know what the best thing is? We're getting our music out to the fans right now and seeing the reaction. That's the main thing.

Loud: You've mentioned that you already have plans for another album, but this one was a collection of songs you wrote yourself. Have you seen that material evolve as you've played together with the rest of the band?

Joey: I worked with each member in the studio and got to establish a great relationship with everybody. I couldn't have people in the band that I didn't think I could get along with musically or have the same ideals as me. That was a real important factor. Getting along with somebody and being able to share some ideals with somebody about music in this day and age and kinda like where I really wanted to go. The difference between this kind of band and another kind of band is (that) we all just came into the studio together and made a record off excitement, and just kind of jamming together. This isn't like a band that spent a lot of time together slumming it out in clubs, so that now that we're all together that's kind of what we're doing. It's actually fuelling creativity for the next record because we're actually playing with each other day in, day out that the next record is almost going to be like the debut.

Loud: I spoke to Corey (Taylor) earlier this year and he was adamant that SLIPKNOT will be back again at a future time. What are your own thoughts on the future of SLIPKNOT?

Joey: I can only speak for myself on the SLIPKNOT angle, I spoke a long time ago in numerous interviews about the material that I had. I still have a lot of material. The future is bright with SLIPKNOT, we're not going anywhere. You know, there's nine eccentric guys in the band and some of us like to be more active than others. I have so much material I like to be busy all the time. It's like the seize the day type aspect on music and life. I want to get out as much art as I can while I'm here and I seem to get better the more that I do it. Right now my work is SCAR THE MARTYR, but SLIPKNOT isn't going anywhere. You can mark my words on that.

Read the entire interview from Loud magazine.

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