Alec Chillingworth of Stereoboard.com recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and SCAR THE MARTYR drummer Joey Jordison. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Stereoboard.com: [SCAR THE MARTYR‘s debut album] “Scar The Martyr” didn’t feel as immediate as a SLIPKNOT or MURDERDOLLS album, it felt more like a journey. Was this a conscious decision?
Joey: Basically, I wanted to do something different. If I was gonna do another project, I wanted to expand on my songwriting and go into areas that I haven’t really experimented with before. I still wanted it to be heavy overall. As you said though, it’s a journey. The whole album. The way all the songs go in between each other, the overall sound of the record isn’t supposed to be easily digestible upon the first listen. That’s what’s great about the record; every time you listen to it, you’re gonna get something new out of it.
Stereoboard.com: SCAR THE MARTYR is a side project. You’re renowned for being busy, whether it’s recording new material or filling in for other bands. What is it that drives you to keep busy when SLIPKNOT are dormant?
Joey: My love of music, man. That’s really it. It’s a passion of mine, and y’know, I’ve just been sitting here in the back lounge humming riffs to new songs. My phone is filled with riffs. Y’know, I listen to all this stuff and go back to it. I sound like a moron, just listening to myself humming all these riffs, but it’s just so I don’t forget ’em! Then I sit there and I translate them onto guitar. I’ve got so much material, like it feels as if every day I’m coming up with so many riffs. And even if it doesn’t end up working, I can still use it for something else or save it for something else. I’m constantly writing music and keeping myself busy somehow.
Stereoboard.com: When you were playing with SLIPKNOT at Download festival earlier this year, Corey [Taylor, vocals] alluded to us seeing the band back our shores sooner than expected. What can you tell us about that?
Joey: What I can say is that there is SLIPKNOT material. We’re writing right now, and we’re all in talks. I got SCAR THE MARTYR going on now and I’m making sure it’s gonna get the attention it deserves, but at the same time, I’m always ready for SLIPKNOT too. I’ve got so much SLIPKNOT material, I started writing this a long time ago. Y’know, when the time is right. Everyone works at their own pace and I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, I just kinda put myself in the mindset where I’m writing for a certain project. I kinda just take myself to that place, get in that mindset. When the time is right. I think he [Corey] was referring to that old saying: time flies. If you don’t stop and look around, then you’re gonna miss it.
Read the entire interview at Stereoboard.com.