You can't give up in life. You just can't do it, no matter what it is that is going on.
Slipknot's not about who's in the band. It's a lifeblood. It's a force. It's about a connection between a bunch of people.
'My Swan Song' - that song is so depressing but uplifting at the same time, you know what I mean?
I don't use a Beatmap; I don't use any click track. Any time I count off, it's just in my heart. Sometimes I'll go off the feel of a crowd, like if they way they're bouncing is a little quicker than the song, I might kick up the tempo a little bit. I see where the crowd is at. It's nothing drastic, but all the tempos are from my internal clock.
The riffs, lyrics, and drums of 'Open Your Omen' will tell you a lot.
Playing drums, for me, is like breathing. It's like thinking. It's like eating. It's like walking.
There was a time when I was beat down, and I lost my way.
The drum records that I like are ones on which the drumming didn't repeat itself. The players didn't stick to a format or formula.
I've got so much material; like, it feels as if every day I'm coming up with so many riffs.
How I found out is, I landed in Des Moines from a plane ride back from the Rob Zombie tour. I was, like, 'Okay, cool, I'm home. I can finally get some rest.' Once I landed, I turned my phone on, and my manager rang, and I'm, like, 'Oh, what?' He said, 'Paul Gray just died.'
I'm always in the right headspace! I live pretty much in isolation, so there are really no distractions. That's not a manufactured thing; it's just the way I live.
Playing drums is how I communicate. It's how I speak to people. That's my God-given gift.
I love listening to old records. Stuff from the '70s, even disco and funk records and a lot of early rock albums - what's great about those recordings is that you can actually hear the true tones of the drums themselves.
People lump us into the nu-metal category, and there might be a hint of that stuff, but if you really listen to a nu-metal band and then listen to Slipknot, it's so apples and oranges that it's retarded.
Every day is a good day above ground, and especially being able to play metal and being able to your craft and everything. You've gotta respect that, because it's something that can be taken away from you really quick.
You meet people, and you realize that you can never judge a book by its cover.
What better to get all the anger and stuff out for what I do in Slipknot than to play the drums? You're punching everything, really fast, concentrated.
The mask is a pain thing. It's clammy, and your body is moving all over, and you're locked into this thing, and you can't get out.
The simplest beats, on what rock music or any music has been formed on, can be the toughest beats to execute and perform, because it's really easy to not respect a simple 4/4 beat, because people always want to play fast.
My advice always is to start very simple and master your timing and master the most simple beats that you can, and you just keep elevating from that. Trying to go right into playing fast is not necessarily the best way to go about it, because if you don't have your foundation locked in, it's hard to progress.