Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson is preparing to step out from behind his turntable, take off his mask and put away the aliases -- #0, Ratboy, DJ Moonboots, DJ Starscream -- in order to launch a solo career as... Sid Wilson.
"When I see people, whether they're strangers or fans or friends or whatever, everyone is always like, 'Sid!,' " Wilson explains to Billboard.com. "There's not a lot of people going, 'Hey, DJ Starscream!' or 'Hey, #0!' Everyone is always, like, 'Sid!' at concerts, at DJ gigs, wherever. That's what I hear the public calling for, so I'm going to give that to them."
Wilson is currently fronting his own band and has recorded a self-titled solo album that he hopes to release this fall, though a label deal is still being negotiated. He describes the disc as "an eclectic mix of all the different styles of music I grew up listening to. There's a strong B-Boy influence in my music, 'cause I'm a DJ. I used to listen to a lot of Skinny Puppy and more mainstream things that came out of industrial, like Nine Inch Nails. I was always influenced by the Beastie Boys a lot and Run-DMC and the way they mixed their rock influences in their hip-hop stuff."