ARTISTDirect editor and Dolor author Rick Florino recently got the chance to talk with both Aaron Lewis of Staind and Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour about how they manage their solo projects, life as fathers, and a great deal more. It’s a fascinating read that dives not only into the minds of these dynamic frontmen, but also into their thoughts on each other and how they view the music industry.
Check after the jump for a bit of the interview and a link to the full deal.
ARTISTDirect: Both Staind and Slipknot are hopeful in a subtle way. There’s a catharsis to the music, and you’re both examples that no matter how tough things get, you can still succeed and persevere.
Corey Taylor: Definitely, that’s something I’ve tried to put out there as much as possible. It’s not all bleak. There are a lot of kids that go through some heavy shit in their lives. That’s something I can relate to. I can still remember. In my lyrics, I always try to make sure people understand there’s a very positive way out of it. Everything is temporary. If you can get through that, you’ll be a stronger person for it. That’s the underlying message that I’ve tried to say to the fans.
Aaron Lewis: I also think both Corey and I will take 100 percent responsibility and stand behind every single thing we’ve said over the years.
Corey Taylor: Absolutely!
Aaron Lewis: There are definitely artists out there who abuse the ability to write lyrics and put out a message to their fans. I’m pretty sure both of us will claim and accept full responsibility for anything we’ve said over the years lyrically.