Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, in a 2009 interview with Kerrang! Magazine, offered a view we don’t often hear from an artist who is being pirated:
“Why would you blame (people who download music)? Half the fucking albums that are out there are shit. I don’t download, but at the same time, I don’t buy new music ’cause it all sucks. Sorry! People wanna blame the decline of album sales on downloading – I think it’s actually the record companies’ fault. I think it’s the quality of the product. If record companies would stop giving any fucking mook on the street with a fringe a record deal or their own record label, maybe you would sell more fucking albums, dipshits.”
There are two ways of interpreting these comments: 1) Taylor believes that people would rather torrent than buy music because it’s bad and that if it was good, people would buy it instead; or 2) Taylor believes that torrenting music is unrelated to declining album sales, and instead, lack of quality music is to blame for the weakened sales.
The general consensus is that Taylor blames the labels for illegal downloading.