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Slipknot’s Jim Root Wants To Start A Solo Project

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root has been writing stuff” for a solo project in order to stay busy

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root has revealed that he’s using his time in lockdown to pull together ideas for a potential solo album.

Speaking to Loudwire, Jim said that he’s been forcing himself to write during the pandemic.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about doing a solo project, and now I think I have a little bit of extra time to dedicate for that, so I’ve been writing some stuff that maybe wouldn’t slide in with the Slipknot world a little bit,” Jim explained.

What would I do as a solo project? What direction would I take? I kind of get all that out essentially with all the arrangements I’ve written for the last couple of Slipknot records,” he added. I don’t know that I need another outlet. But I’m gonna try — just set a goal, maybe see if I can achieve it, type of thing. We’ve got time on our hands now.” 

I would like to [start a solo project], just because I need to stay busy. I didn’t start a family, I never got married, I didn’t do any of that stuff. And I know Corey wants to do a solo project that’s outside of Stone Sour; he’s mentioned that. And unless I’m writing for Slipknot, I wouldn’t know what to do with my time.”

Jim went on to say that Slipknot are throwing different philosophies and ideas around for another record, and that writing arrangements for The Knot come naturally to hime after spending so much time with late bassist Paul Gray.

But for a solo project, I am gonna overthink that until I’m insane and it probably may never ever come out (laughs).

Obviously, Slipknot is my priority and it’s what I’m always gonna have as a priority and that’s gonna be the main thing that I always focus on, as long as I can or as long as we’re viable or as long as we wanna continue to do that.” 

As Jim mentioned, fellow Slipknot member Corey Taylor is also planning a solo album. Last year, Corey told Kerrang! that he had 26 songs already written and that It’s going to be the best 90s album ever”. 

Slipknot released their 5K-rated We Are Not Your Kind album last year, but have had to postpone the majority of their touring so far this year due to the ongoing situation. Knotfest Japan however has been rescheduled for January 2021.

READ THIS: The 20 greatest Slipknot songs of all time – ranked

Posted on April 29th 2020, 4:58p.m.
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