With an assist from Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Prozak churned out one of his most brutal collaborations ever on “End Of Us” from Paranormal. Teaming with the hardcore DJ, Prozak delivered what quickly became a hit with both Strange Music fans and the metal community.
Earlier this month, Prozak joined us live on the Strange Music podcast for an exclusive interview regarding Paranormal and its release. During the interview, we asked Prozak to share some insight on what it was like to work with Sid Wilson and what his thoughts were on the reception to “End Of Us”. In case you didn’t tune in, here’s what you missed.
What is it like to work with Sid Wilson?
First of all, hanging out with Sid, you would never think you were hanging out with a Grammy winning artist. A guy that’s in the biggest metal band in the world. Even if you look at like Pollstar n’ shit, they’re ranked as one of the highest grossing touring and merchandising acts in the world. There’s a lot to say there, you know, that’s fucking huge. The dude is extremely cool, he’s very talented. He’s not just a DJ, you know. He composes, he plays piano, he plays guitar, and you know, he does rap some too. He’s got different CDs he’s put out and mixtapes. He’s a bigger part of Slipknot than I think most people think. So, musically, he’s extremely talented. Personality, he’s an amazing dude. No ego whatsoever, he’s cool to everybody, and very laid back. Very genuine and that’s real. That’s 100% real. He’s one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Sometimes I forget how big this dude is and what he’s accomplished because he’s almost just like someone that you’ve been hanging out with forever.
Let me say this before I forget, he’s got a fucking TON of love for Strange Music as a whole. I remember meeting this dude on the Hostile Takeover tour eight years ago, coming out there to support Strange Music, wearing a Strange Music t-shirt. He really has a lot of faith and love in Strange Music. He speaks extremely highly of everybody – Tech, Travis, all the artists, the label as a whole, how they operate. He’s in our corner.
A lot of people in the metal community have really picked up on it, like Metal Hammer and Revolver. Did you ever think they would embrace it the way they have?
I wasn’t sure, for real. I hoped they would because we’re coming into a new era where barriers are coming down. You know, there’s always going to be cliques and there’s always going to be people that won’t listen or give something a chance because somebody is rapping on it or whatever. I look at it like, nowadays barriers are coming down and it seems like everybody is experimenting with different styles. I grew up listening to metal very much so, so I think that if anybody can pull off some rap-metal and do it correctly, I think I’m one of those candidates because I respect metal. I know metal because I’ve listened to it forever. I think that they can pick up on that too, you know? I think that plays a part.
What was it like trying to find the balance in sound for something like “End Of Us”?
To me, it’s natural. That’s kind of what I do, for real. I don’t see the barrier there, for real. I know there are certain people that are very close-minded. You know, certain hip hop heads that just can’t get over the fact that there’s a double bass going on in a rap song or there’s some heavy guitar. I don’t know man, I think aggressive hip hop with aggressive music is fucking a beautiful thing. How could you not have the two together? That’s just the way I see it anyway.
-Interview conducted by Victor Sandoval, Assistant Editor Strange Music
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