What do you do when you reach 1 billion views on YouTube? If you’re Slipknot, you make an interactive, 360-degree live video.
As part of the group’s celebration for surpassing 1 billion views on their YouTube channel, Slipknot decided to surprise fans with a video. Not just any ordinary music video, though. Rather, the group posted an interactive 360-degree video.
Speaking about the video, percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan told Rolling Stone,
“From the beginning, Slipknot’s goal has always been world domination. That goal is still the same today. The video for ‘The Shape,’ filmed at our festival Knotfest with our ‘maggots,’ and over 1 billion views on our YouTube channel, proves it’s happening. Like it or not.”
Crahan, the group’s visual mastermind, has also directed some of the band’s music videos. He directed Vol. 3’s ‘The Nameless’ and ‘This Blister Exists’ as well as the clips to surface from the band’s 2014 album, .5: The Gray Chapter.
In the clip, taped from last year’s Knotfest USA, Slipknot performs ‘The Shape’ from their Iowa album. Viewers can drag the camera up, down, and around for views from the stage that “you wouldn’t normally see.”
Last March, Crahan spoke with Detroit radio station WRIF-FM. He revealed that Slipknot has completed the .5: The Gray Chapter album cycle. Thus, several group members have taken time off. Yet, others have already written new material for the group’s next release.
“We’re writing as a band, and with Corey [Taylor] as well. Yes, we’re off, and we’re off for a while — for a long while. Okay, [it’s] much needed. We’d been touring for three years. Corey’s doing what he does, which is Stone Sour, which is awesome. And he’s living that life, which is awesome, ’cause he does really well and loves it; it’s his art. So he does that. And we’re writing. We’re beginning to write some music for Slipknot for the new record. He’s aware of it… So while we’re writing, he’s getting songs.”
However, fans shouldn’t expect a new album to be released soon.