In a brand new interview with GQ, SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan was asked if he resists the urge to self-correct his past when he looks back on his career. He responded: "I'll tell you this: I love everything I've done, I love how my life has turned out, I could never imagine that I'd sit where I sit today. I'd never ever go back and do things differently. I'm blessed to have had this be my life, and it's just getting better each day. That's it, though. Once I turn something in, I'm done with it. I just let it go, and move on to the next thing. I'm kind of known to constantly be working on something. When I need to make an album cover, I've already been working on it for two years. I'm working on my art every freakin' day. It's always in progress."
Asked what that next thing is, he said: "Lately I've spent a lot of time asking myself that exact question. I'd love to make more books, have some gallery shows, and stuff like that. I love making our music, but now that the album's out and it went No. 1, I need to take some time for myself and go do some other shit. Above all else, I really want to push myself to make some fascinating art this year."
Crahan's latest comments echo those he made in August when he told the Des Moines Register that he "wouldn't change anything" about the band's trajectory so far.
"I started the band with [late SLIPKNOT bassist] Paul [Gray] when I was 26, so I've dedicated pretty much my life to this mindset known as SLIPKNOT," the 50-year-old musician said. "I wouldn't change anything. There's no reason to change anything. We're here because of the decisions we've made, and it just keeps getting better. Losing one of my best friends so many years ago, the guy you started a band with, is a tragedy. But you pick (yourself) up and you move on and carry some moving pieces. But I wouldn't change anything. Because we wouldn't be here right now if we did, and I wouldn't want it any other way."
SLIPKNOT is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "We Are Not Your Kind", which came out in August. The disc sold 118,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
This past May, Shawn's 22-year-old daughter Gabrielle died from what at the time appeared to be a drug overdose.