WatchMojo speaks with this Slipknot founding father, Shawn Crahan - also known as Clown.
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Rebecca Brayton: This Slipknot founding father is also the member of two other bands and is a passionate producer as well.
Hi, I'm Rebecca Brayton and welcome to watchmojo.com. Our host Stephanie got the chance to speak with Clown about his career.
Stephanie: You guys are nine members in the group, so I was wondering how difficult is it to you to sort of find a harmony between you guys when you are working and making music?
Clown: By this point we’re all brothers. You learn with each other’s end, attitudes and mouths. Sometimes it is better to walk away. You know somebody’s mood and you just know how to not let it bother you. But at the same time you know how to act for your brothers at the same time to keep those tensions down.
Stephanie: Well I know that you also have a background in welding and this allowed you to add a pretty unique element to your drum kit which is a keg. And I was wondering are there any other unconventional musical items that you add to your music or you would like to?
Clown: In the earlier days we had a lot of songs from a lot of air tools and stuff but we still been waiting to get the whole air tool thing incorporated into the music but it’s kind of one sided. There's only certain decibel that is created with air tools, but maybe one day.
Stephanie: I also know that you participated quite a bit in the Slipknot DVD that was released. I was wondering what kind of outlet is that for you directing, how do you feel about this?
Clown: I really, really enjoyed it. It’s really painstaking though. I could only work on it for like three hours at a time before I just get—you know I really do get sick. There are so many parallel metaphors and themes and concepts that come up with connecting the dots and if you're doing it right for yourself you know you can really become attached to it.
I make something that I want to do later you know I want it correct and I've been writing my own script for the last five years just to keep connecting the dots. It’s not just trying to bust my way into. I want it to be right and I want to learn as much as I can from who I can and then one day give the world a movie for my vision.
Stephanie: You also have a label that you created Big Orange Clown Records. And so, I was wondering how is it going and why did you decide to make your own label?
Clown: I changed it from Big Orange Clown to Super Evil, so I pretty much try to discover some bands if it come my way and then help them get on my label and just put it on my imprint. I just did it because I've got a constantly—and this is what I do, I make music, I create music and I produce music and anything I can do with the song. It’s what it is for me and my life besides my personal family.
Stephanie: So out of all those different kinds of arts that you're involved in do you have a favorite?
Clown: I really, really, really love playing my drums and I play my drum set in Dirty Little Rabbits and that’s what I was born to do is be a drummer. But to be in a band it’s hard. So I really like producing. I love working with other people’s music. It’s their art and I'm there to help them get their vision out and do the best I can to allow them to be the best they can be. At the end of the day I can go home and I can put it to rest for a moment.