SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. The Clown) recently spoke to The New York Times about the debut CD from his side project TO MY SURPRISE. Earlier this year two murder suspects said that they listened to SLIPKNOT for motivation before stabbing a friend to death. For these and other reasons, finding a kinder, gentler project influenced more by THE BEATLES than KORN is such a shocker, especially considering that TO MY SURPRISE is the spawn of not just a SLIPKNOT member but the band's founder, unofficial leader and chief instigator, who dresses as a clown and beats a percussion contraption onstage.
"I'm now only concerned with making songs and speaking to people," Crahan said. "I want to speak to Wall Street people. I want to speak to businessmen who push insurance. I want to talk to the teachers. I want to go to colleges and give seminars. I want to sit down with kids in classrooms and have them challenge me. I want to communicate because I'm 34, and I've been shutting out communication and pushing it away."
He said his new attitude was inspired in large part by the transformation of the country and its consciousness after 9/11, which sent him into a period of deep self-evaluation.
"There's not one person today who doesn't understand that we're living in a different world," he said. "And I'm not ashamed to say that I've been a boy. And I'm getting better in my mind and I'm getting healthier."
"I went out in front of 60,000 people, and I felt isolated from them," he continued, adding that he had "mass quantities of power to make a difference" but that he took advantage of "not a moment of speaking to make a difference." Read more.