Kik Axe Music recently conducted an interview with Clown (Slipknot, The Black Dots Of Death) A couple of excerpts follow below, and you can check out the whole interview by clicking here.
Zahn: On the surface, it would seem that the BDOD came together very quickly, but after listening to it, there’s seems to have been a lot more time involved.
Clown: It’s been over a year in the making, but there were elements that were missing.
Real quick, my last four years have been hell. I’ve lost my Dad, I’ve lost my Mom, and I’ve lost the first of my best friends. I have many best friends – well, not that many, but a handful – and I lost the very first, and the very best, that being Paul Gray, the bassist of Slipknot. He died last May, um, 24th I believe. I try not to remember the date of anybody’s death, but would rather recall when they would’ve been older. Anyway, when I turned 40, I did an art show and realized that neither of my parents would be able to attend, and that affected me greatly because they were the ones that pushed me toward the arts, and neither would be there to enjoy it. Paul Gray was there, and if I would have known that he was going to pass away…
I’m 41 now, it’s been a year, and you are feeling the truth inside the record. The BDOD are full circle for Shawn Crahan, the Clown, whatever I am. It’s a rebirth for me.
I’m 41, and my Grandpa died when he was in his late 60’s, my Dad died when he was in his mid-60’s. I’m 41, do the fucking math… if it can be done today, I’m doing it. I’m letting everyone know that I don’t care who you are, you’re not getting in my way. I’m not following your rules, and I’m making the music that I want to make, and I’m going to be the drummer that I’ve always wanted to be behind the kit. There’s people that see me as this “bat-toting clown,” and I am – it’s a position that I created for myself that’s way over people’s heads. People will never understand what Slipknot is about. It’s an anomaly that’s way over their heads and they’ll never tear it apart, and they’ll never comprehend it. Slipknot was designed that way, and I helped to design it. This is personal. This is me. And this is all the different genres of music that I’ve always wanted to put together at once without it being too much of one thing. There’s a lot of hurt, there’s a lot of pain, and there’s a lot of anger. Our energy is not to be taken lightly, and the BDOD believe that what you say will be held against you. If you’re not with us, you’re against us, and that’s just the way it is.
Read the rest of the interview at Kik Axe Music.