When asked how relaxing it was recording his upcoming solo album, CMFT, Corey said: “That was part of the fun — kind of delving into the different types of songs and the different types of vibes that I’ve been able to write over the years, and really kind of put something cool together. And I really fashioned an album that feels very connected, very fluid — there’s so many different genres on here, everything really flows really well together.
“The sequence really tells a great story, and it feels really natural,” he continued. “I think that lends itself to the fact that when people hear it, it won’t feel as out of touch with what I’ve done because it will be such an easy listen, let’s put it that way. The only real pressure was recording it, and even then it wasn’t pressure because we did it all live in the studio.”
Asked if it was a “sort of like a therapy session,” for him, Corey said: “I don’t know if it was a therapy session — it was a blast, man. We had so much fun recording this album, and that’s one of the reasons I chose the people I did to be in the band because some of these guys I’ve known almost 20 years.
“We’ve all been friends, I knew how good they were, but I also knew that they would be as excited about the recording process as I would be. So every day was just another chance to laugh; every day was just another chance to hang out with your bros and just have a good time making music.
“We didn’t hold anything back, we were just so stoked and so excited about making a big rock album that we just got into it. So in a way, it was a complete 180 from an experience that I really haven’t had since the first SLIPKNOT album [1999’s self-titled].
“It was so enjoyable and so positive that it really kind of set the tone for me as like, ‘You know what? This is the only way I want to make music from now on. I don’t want to waste my time with people who are f*cking miserable anymore. I want to make music with people who are as stoked as I am about what we get to do for our lives, and yeah, that really pulled great energy out of it.'”
Then interviewer noted “I guess in SLIPKNOT you have pretty strong musicians who all have their own opinions about the stuff you are writing,” to which Corey responded: “Yeah, I mean, you would think that that would lend itself sometimes, but some people just can’t get out of their own way when it comes to just being unhappy. It’s like, ‘F*ck man, what do you have to be unhappy about? We’re living our dream, it’s been over 20 years now, and we still get to do this,’ you know?
“I don’t get it,” Corey continued. “In a lot of ways, it shows me that certain people’s choices in life can really dictate how they become in life, whereas I still make music for the same reason that I wanted to make music when I was a kid — because I f*cking love it.
He added: “And you know, it’s just one of those cases where sometimes you just grow apart, people just change, and you wake up one day and somebody you’ve known for 20 years you have very little in common with. It’s not to say that you don’t still make good music together, but it’s different.”
When asked about his future touring plans, he responded: “Actually, we’re gonna do what we can with the rest of this year solo-wise. Next year, hopefully when things get back to normal, knock on wood, I’ll finish up the SLIPKNOT tour cycle and then after that probably go in and record my second solo album and then go out and tour on two albums instead of just one.”