Stark, dark and menacing, the Jim Root Jazzmaster guitar has got to be the most distinctively minimalist version of the instrument ever devised in the model’s entire half-century history. At the behest of the towering SLIPKNOT guitarist, gone are the dual tone circuits and barrage of controls. Gone are the fret position markers and enormous chrome bridge. Gone, in fact, is pretty much everything typical of a Jazzmaster guitar, replaced only by fearsome EMG 60 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with brushed nickel covers, a single three-way switch, a single volume knob and a hard-tail Stratocaster bridge.
The Jim Root Jazzmaster also features a mahogany body with a comfortable contoured neck heel, satin-finish maple neck with "modern C" profile and large headstock, compound-radius ebony fingerboard (12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets and no position markers, staggered deluxe locking tuners, black hardware and pickup bezels, and an austere Flat Black satin-nitro lacquer finish. Includes black tweed case with red plush interior, strap and strap locks, cable and polishing cloth .
Regarding the direction of SLIPKNOT's new material, Taylor said: "I can say that, to me - and this is only my opinion - it's a cross between [2001's] 'Iowa' and [2004's] 'Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)', but that's honestly just scratching the surface. I think fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff."
He added: "I've written lyrics for everything that we have right now and it's feeling pretty good. It feels like the story of the band so far, which is a totally different take on what I've been used to writing with SLIPKNOT, but I think, because of everything we've been through, it's time to tell that story. Not just from our point of view, but from everything around us. So, yeah… it's going to be interesting. It's going to be everything you want in a SLIPKNOT album, and everything you wouldn't expect."
Taylor was unwilling to comment on anything "controversial" during his interview with Kerrang! and wouldn't discuss Jordison's exit from the band, but he did hint at deeper family problems that needed to be resolved, as he reflected how his life was during the band's break in activity.
"Last year, it felt like we put enough miles between the bad stuff and the good stuff - that we could start enjoying life again," he said. "Personally, my family took a couple of hits in the last year and a half, and it felt good to be able to let go of that deep breath we'd been holding. Professionally, I got to do a lot of stuff I wasn't expecting, which was cool, and now I'm feeling like it's time to revisit the 'KNOT and see where we're at right there. My hopes for this year are to be creative - getting that creative itch. And with the new SLIPKNOT album, I'm starting to feel that side of things."
SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root told The Pulse Of Radio late last year - before the news about Jordison broke - that he was feeling the urgency to make a new SLIPKNOT album. "You know, we haven't done a record since Paul's been gone and it's been pushing six years. And there's a lot of people in SLIPKNOT and a lot of fans and me myself kind of feel like it's time for that hurdle to be overcome. And for me, that's really like my number one priority and the most important thing for me right now."
SLIPKNOT has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison's exit, although the drummer issued a statement in January saying that he did not quit the band.
Wilson will also be developing artists for the label through his company Sid The 3rd Productions, LLC.Sid Wilson has performed as a solo artist under his stage names "Sid" and "DJ Starscream" since 2003. The latter is derived from a character of the same name of the "Transformers" franchise. Tattooed with various "Transformer" images, Wilson wears a "Transformers"-inspired mask when performing as "DJ Starscream." The music he performs is an original blend of EDM, electronica, jungle, hip hop, nu metal, and alternative.
Sid Wilson first made his mark as "DJ Starscream" in Japan, where he is also signed with Japanese label N2O Records. His collaboration with THE MAD CAPSULE MARKETS vocalist Hiroshi Kyono on a song called "HAKAI (Deathtroy)", released on "The Songs For Death Note The Movie", a tribute album dedicated to the live action movie for the second "Death Note" film, has garnered Wilson a strong following in Japan.
Sid Wilson now looks to SRG to promote and digitally distribute his music through their exclusive deal with Spotify.
"We are very happy to be working with this massively talented and enigmatic artist. His unique artistry is quite astonishing," said Matt Strickler, general manager at SRG.
SRG signed with Spotify to be their exclusive digital distributor in 2013.
Artists on the label will benefit from a blend of traditional and digital marketing."We believe our model represents the best possible scenario to produce revenue for an artist in today's music market," said Strickler.
Sid Wilson will perform at an SRG Showcase in Austin, Texas during South By Southwest (SXSW) on March 14. The event, to be held at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th Street, Austin TX, 78701 (512) 774-HOWL) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will also feature SRG recording artist EDISUN and special guest SMILE EMPTY SOUL.
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