This year, Danny Wimmer Presents, the Los Angeles-based festival production and promotion company behind Rock on the Range, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival and other major rock events, launched their new video series "What Drives You?" As its title suggests, the franchise compiles interviews with noteworthy musicians about their sources of inspiration and motivation, presented alongside live footage from recent DWP-presented shows. Following March's inaugural installment featuring Korn's Jonathan Davis, DWP is back with another short video, this time starring Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. Check it out below.
"What drives me?" Taylor ponders in the clip's opening seconds, answering the question with a query of his own: "What fucking doesn't drive me?" He then goes on to list some of his biggest motivators: his love for music, his struggles with personal demons, his duty to fuel the crowd ("the mob," to borrow Taylor's phrasing), and an insatiable desire to make art. "It's that need in me to create," he explains. "It's that need in me to explain. It's that need in me to reach out, react, empathize and have people reciprocate that feeling: to understand it, to relate, so you don't feel as alone." Taylor's interview is interspersed with scenes of his performance with Stone Sour at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena earlier this month (July 1).
Yesterday, Taylor announced the second-annual Ozzfest Meets Knotfest: a weekend-long merger of Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot's respective festivals set to take place November 4-5, in San Bernadino, CA. The Iowa legends (who curated Knotfest, per usual) are not scheduled to perform; Instead, Taylor will hit the stage with Stone Sour, who released their sixth album Hydrograd last month. Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Prophets of Rage, Testament, Children of Bodom are just a few of the 40 bands slated to play the tag-team weekender.