You may have seen the recent influx of artificial intelligence being used to write music and clone artists’ voices. Some people say it’s the future of the business, but others? Not so much. In a new interview with Kerrang! Radio, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor—who’s getting ready to release a new album himself—was asked about his feelings on AI in music. Taylor, who doesn’t even like using Pro Tools, blasted it pretty hard.
“I don’t care for any of that crap, dude, to be honest. I don’t know what people are trying to prove. Are they trying to prove that computers can do things just as good as people? Because if so, then what’s the point? It’s an even worse example of technology taking over for talent than what I’ve been ranting about for years with Pro Tools and tuning and using the same sounds… And people keep going, ‘Oh, isn’t it cool?’ I’m, like, no, it’s not cool. What are you — out of your mind? What? Suddenly now we have no talent? The only thing that we’re gonna get that sounds cool and new is from something that doesn’t even exist? Screw you, man!”
“Every time people get stoked in front of me about AI, I go, ‘You’re not talking to the right person. You need to go over that way and talk to a dipshit who doesn’t care.’ ‘Cause I hate it. I can’t stand it.”
This isn’t the first time in which the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman has shared negative thoughts on AI. Speaking to Loudwire, he said that it’s like opening “Pandora’s box” and implied that it will have more negative consequences.
“It’s cheap shit. I don’t know what it is about human beings — they keep fucking opening Pandora’s box for God’s sake. It’s scary, dude. I thought deep fake was bad and now here comes AI and all you do is teach this thing to do this or you type this thing to do that and all of a sudden it’s just there. How much more do we want to lessen — and I mean lessen as in detract from — what we actually do as human beings? How much more do we want to take away from our own creativity? How much more do we want to make reality completely fucking pointless or better yet, how much do we completely want to devalue true talent, true creativity, true hard work, true persistence and heart to the point now that people are going to question whether it’s you or not. It’s so fucking ridiculous.”
Regardless of what Taylor or anyone else thinks about AI, it’s a thing we’ll need to address in the coming months and years.
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May 24, 2023