In addition to the writing and playing aspects of your working life you’re also a producer, having taken the helm for Roadrunner United and 3 Inches Of Blood’s Fire Up The Blades. Have you always been interested in what goes on on the other side of the glass?
"I love being involved in the whole creative process, and that has always extended to how things are recorded and mixed and the decisions it takes to bring an album together in the studio.
"I’ve always been the first one in the studio in the morning and the last one to leave in the evening. I just want to learn everything, so that has led to me working hands-on with engineers and producers all the way along. I can work Pro-Tools really well, even though I suck at the computer. Using it to record music just connects to my brain, where it doesn’t with any other application.
"Understanding how the technology works gives you so much more control over the material and opens up creative opportunities that you’re cut off from otherwise. And I really enjoy it."
Even on the first Slipknot album you were to be found at the mixing desk with Ross Robinson…
"Yeah, Ross and I mixed the first Slipknot record. It took three months and we didn’t do it with an automated board, we had fingers on faders, old-school style. It was a great experience and by doing that you really help to create the sound of the final record. It’s literally shaping the album."
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