TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan reveals how their band reaches success. Fear Inoculum is the latest album of the band was released last year in 2019.
After this fifth studio album of TOOL regards some of the biggest prizes. For example, they won the 62nd annual Grammy in the “Best Metal Performance” award for the “7empest“ track. They also regard the gold awards from RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Because of the band’s latest album sales in more than half a million copies.
During the interview with UCR, TOOL’s Maynard James Keenan talks about why they’re successful in the music:
“Success! When you get successful, you think you’re right about everything. You’re pretty sure as that individual, ‘I am right and you are wrong.’ I’m successful and we’re successful because of me, not because of you! It’s not that bad with us. … There’s a dynamic of, ‘I want this and I’ve always gotten my way and that’s why we’re successful because I don’t compromise.’
I’m going to request, I’m gonna beg – do us all a favor: turn your fucking phone off, turn your computer off, turn the TV off, go for a long walk. … Just go for a long walk somewhere. Even if it’s in the mall, just go somewhere else. Go out! Go talk to a stranger and just find out something about them. Doesn’t matter what it is.”
“Just go out of your house and go have a conversation. Unless they have a knife – do not talk to them, because they have a knife. Does that cover the lawyers? Do not approach violent, unstable people. Sometimes I thought we were nearly there. We’d written an album or we had some songs that were cool, and then we’d dump the whole lot and start again. It was devastating.”