Songwriting UK — Winter 2017

(Axel Boer) #1

ignorance and with feeling instead of with
information, and that’s the tough part.
“That’s one of the reasons why I just
say what I say and get out of it - because I
know a lot of people are going to hit me
with their ignorant emotion when it comes
to defending the shit that that fucking man
says. And I’m not gonna have it. It’s like the
facts blatantly contradict everything that
you’re saying about our president. And I’m
not gonna try and convince a rock that it’s
a shrub.
“The worst thing you can do on the
planet is try and get involved in some one-
sided argument where the other person
has already decided you’re wrong. It’s like,
‘well, OK, then we’re done here.’ I just kind
of stand firm, hold fast, and batten down

the fucking hatches!”

Tell me about the comic book for
House Of Gold & Bones. What made
you decide to get involved with that?
“That was something that was actually
brought to me. It was something that I was
spitballing to begin with. I had the story
for the two albums and I’d written the
short story and put it in the album so that
people could read along, to try and tie the
narrative together.
“Then my management really were the
ones saying, ‘how do you feel about coming
at this from a visual standpoint?’ And I said
that I would love to give it a shot.
“We were able to get a really good deal
with Dark Horse going. I’d never written

a comic book but I’d read them, I’ve
read them my whole life, but never
written one. I have so much respect for
scriptwriters, there’s a lot of work that
goes into putting those things together.
“So for me it was a real learning
experience. It enriched the way that I
devour my entertainment now, just the
amount of attention to detail that goes
into it. I’m really proud of it. I knew it
was going to be a short one, Dark Horse
were really cool and supportive of it and
said ‘let’s do this and let’s do it right - we
don’t need a long term relationship, let’s
just do something really, really, cool.’
“So, yeah, I’m pretty proud of that and
it is one of my favourite things that I’ve
ever done.”

You’ve got many more years ahead
of you, but what do you think your
legacy as a songwriter will be?
“I guess I would love for my legacy to
be the longevity of it. The fact that I was
able to produce so much quality for so
long, with so many different projects -
whether it was with Slipknot, or Stone
Sour, or the various guest appearances,
or side things that I’ve done in the past.
“I think that’s what I would like my
legacy to be. To be someone who wasn’t
afraid to risk, but who wasn’t afraid to
write a song. Sometimes that’s all you
want to do. People just think they’re so
smart that they want their own way and
they’ll walk all over a song just because
they think they know what a song needs.
The song just needs to fucking breathe -
sometimes the song just needs to be the
song that it was meant to be.
“As much I’m a songwriter I’m also
a facilitator. Sometime I just get out of
the way and don’t try to do too much
because that might detract from what
you’re trying to say.
“So I guess that’s really the key isn’t it,
to trying to stick around as long as you
can, that you hope to, by not overstaying
your welcome in the medium that you’re
trying to work in. So yeah, longevity,
quality, and hopefully I wasn’t too much
of a jackass!”


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