Shawn Crahan credits Rick Rubin for Dirty Little Rabbits

Slipknot percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has spoken to Noisecreep and told them that Rick Rubin is the main man for inspiring and pushing Crahan to forming Dirty Little Rabbits.

“I called Rick Rubin up and said, ‘Look man, I’m miserable. I’m out. I’m done. I’m not having any fun anymore,'” Slipknot percussionist and Dirty Little Rabbits drummer Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan told Noisecreep. “And you know what he told me? He said, ‘The answer’s easy, man. Have fun. Quit worrying about singles and artwork and labels and your manager and videos. Forget all that s—. Play your f—in’ music.'”

Crahan had worked with Rubin when he worked on Slipknot’s 2004 album ‘Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses,’ and the legendary producer had become somewhat of a guru to him. So he followed Rubin’s advice and formed Dirty Little Rabbits in 2007 with keyboardist and songwriter Michael Pfaff.

“We met through [Slipknot DJ] Sid Wilson,” Crahan said. “Sid called me and said, ‘You gotta come down and jam with this guy.’ And I said, ‘Nah, I’m not even going out of the house.’ My wife turns to me and goes, ‘You’re being a grumpy f—. He’s reaching out to you.” So I go. Two measures into it I’m like, “What is that guy doing?” He wasn’t questioning what I was doing, he was playing along with it to compliment it, which no one had ever done before. I was like, ‘This is who I am and this guy is my musical partner.'”

“This is what I was born to do,” Crahan said. “It’s for me. I’m not like, ‘C’mon, maggots! Buy my record. Buy my merch. I need a tour bus.’ No, I don’t f—ing care. This is love. This is what I do. This is the best I am. So, hey man. Do you want to share in the color purple and blue? Cool. Do you want to know black and white and red? Then come on in. That’s all I can tell anybody. I’m just doing the best I can and what I love.”

Read the full article at Noisecreep.


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