Slipknot guitarist Jim Root has said that he’s started to develop his own solo project.
Root, who joined the band back in 1999, spoke about his solo ambitions in a new interview that’s been conducted during the coronavirus-enforced lockdown.
Speaking to Loudwire, Root said that he’s been making use of the “little bit of extra time” provided by the lockdown by writing his own music.
“I’ve had a lot of people ask me about doing a solo project. I think now I have a little bit of extra time to dedicate to that, so I’ve been writing some stuff that maybe wouldn’t slide into the Slipknot world,” Root explained. “I would like to [start a solo project] just because I need to stay busy. You know, I didn’t start a family, I never got married, I didn’t do any of that stuff. I know Corey wants to do a solo project that’s outside of Stone Sour; he’s mentioned that.”
Root joked that he’s going to “overthink [his solo project] until I’m insane and it may never ever come out”.
“What direction do I go? Do I even think about a direction? Do I just let it naturally come out? Do I use things that I’ve written intended for Slipknot that maybe Slipknot didn’t gravitate towards?
“Obviously, Slipknot is my priority and it’s what I’m always gonna have as a priority,” he added. “With all the arrangements I’ve written for the last couple of Slipknot records, I don’t know that I need another outlet, but I’m going to try. Set a goal, maybe see if I can achieve it.”