SLIPKNOT DJ Sid Wilson is using the band's downtime to get back to his EDM and hip-hop roots as DJ Starscream. In a new interview with Artisan News (see video below), he talks about balancing his DJ career and SLIPKNOT and his upcoming projects.
In a 2012 interview, Wilson spoke about how he wanted SLIPKNOT to be different from a lot of the nü-metal bands using turntables in the late 1990s. "I'm a musician," he said. "A lot of times, people don't respect the turntable as being a musical instrument, or a turntablist as a musician, but that's because they don't know enough about how the sound manipulation is occurring. You can create notes by how fast or how slow, how long or how short the movements are on the record. You can make the sounds last as long as you want, and you can create very subtle degrees of manipulation. You can create the same range of manipulation with a turntable as you could with a guitar. There's all the same factors involved — how long you hold the note, how hard you hit the string; how fast or how slow you move your hands. All these same factors apply to scratching on a turntable. My thing is to always approach it as making the turntable part an element of the song, instead of, you know, the 'featured DJ' part … The turntable should complement everything else that's going on in the music. It shouldn't be like a solo part — for me, it wasn't about the spotlight. The attention might have been on me at that moment, but it was really about doing something that's going to push the groove of the song a little bit further."
Wilson's debut solo album, "Sid", was released in September 2011 via iTunes and other Internet retailers. The CD featured Wilson on lead vocals and saw him departing from his usual role as a DJ in both SLIPKNOT and as DJ Starscream.