MediaMikes.com recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor. An excerpt from the chat follows below.MediaMikes.com: Can you give us an update on the status of SLIPKNOT? Corey: We have two shows scheduled for October in South America. Other than that, I have the rest of the year off, which is awesome. The plan right now is that early next year we will get together and start throwing new music at each other. It feels like it's time so right now everyone is putting demos together and starting to get ideas together in our heads. We all have stuff going on outside of SLIPKNOT and are very busy, so there is no time table other than sometime next year. I think we are all in the position now to where we are looking forward to it. MediaMikes.com: In your position as a singer, do you wait until you hear demos before writing or do you write on your own before hearing anything else? Corey: It's kind of both. I definitely get excited when I hear new music from those guys, but at the same time, my skills at writing and my proficiency on guitar has gotten better over the years, so now not only do I get excited when I hear other people's ideas, but I am also starting to write more and more SLIPKNOT stuff. That's something that I didn't have the confidence to do before but now I am starting to feel really confident in my abilities. I love being able to write stuff for SLIPKNOT now, but still enjoy hearing and writing to the other guys material. MediaMikes.com: Being SLIPKNOT is a very intense and demanding project. How soon do you start preparing both mentally and physically for your work in the group? Corey: We do try to really get our heads ready for things as there is really no other preparation that can be done. We try to go in to things with the mindset of excitement as we are going to be hearing something that no one has ever heard before. We are going to write something that hopefully people haven't heard before. That's what drives us. The excitement and new ground is what we love. We try to go into things very open and that I think helps us capture the energy we need for SLIPKNOT music. Read the entire interview at MediaMikes.com.