On October 27, 2009, Kevin "Taz" Conklin of "The Big Dumb Radio Show" (web site) — which airs on Kalamazoo, Michigan's 92.5 WZUU FM radio station — conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT percussionist Chris Fehn. The chat is now available for streaming below.
Fehn, who is best described as the band member who wears a leather bondage hood with a 7 1/2-inch nose, immediately bringing to mind the Pinnochio puppet character, told the San Bernardino County Sun that his bandmates presented him with his mask when he joined the band in 1998.
"It wasn't about who it was, it was more about making [the fans] pay attention to the music, because there were a lot of heavy hitters in the Des Moines area," Fehn said. The band soon learned, however, that its stage presence became a signature part of its act. "It was a really big part of the draw and the mystique, and it continues to grow to this day," Fehn said.
The band's fourth studio album, "All Hope is Gone", debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart upon its release in August 2008.
"It was a big step for us," Fehn said of the band's most successful album to date. "It debuted at No. 1, and that was huge for us, and that was the last hurdle in that trophy kind of world that we can hang our hats on."
SLIPKNOT fans can expect the same kind of energy, honesty and dedication to go into the next album, Fehn said. "We're not up there just for a paycheck. We love the songs that we play — that's the main thing, first of all," Fehn said. "And the intensity is easy to come by because the fans are so intense, and it's that exchange between the fans and the band that keeps things going throughout the night."
Read the entire interview from the San Bernardino County Sun.