Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor recently appeared on The Eddie Trunk Podcast and gave young musicians advice about what it takes to be successful in a music industry that has become increasingly difficult.
Taylor offered his insight on the modern rock music scene: “There’s a lot of dead music out there disguised as rock music, and yes, there’s still a great thriving rock scene that I think a lot of people aren’t getting to hear because of a lot of the bands that are kind of dominating the airwaves right now.
“I think the internet is going to push a lot of these newer bands are really gonna get represented. There’s a lot of newer bands that are forcing their way through and pushing out the mainstream’s status quo to kind of capture’s people’s imagination.
“That’s what’s exciting about it, and I think that’s what I’ve been able to do with a lot of the stuff I’ve been doing over the years; you try to push through the noise that’s going on in the background so people can focus on that one thing.”
Taylor discusses how technology has influenced rock music:
“The problem comes from the fact – and I’ve been saying this for years – it comes from the way that it is recorded as well. It comes from the way that people produce music.
“People think it’s OK to just dump it into the computer and let the computer do the work. People think it’s OK that they don’t need a studio, or they don’t need to play together, or they don’t need to mic an actual amp and hear the guitar, to make something sound different.
“They completely homogenized the sound. They completely diluted the sound to the point where 98% of the active rock bands on the radio or out there, they all sound the same.
“So you can’t tell any god damn band, the difference between any of those bands, because they all sound the same, they’re all produced the same, they’re all mixed the same, nothing stands out.”