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Slipknot DJ charts a new path -- as himself

of the Oakland Press

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Slipknot fans know him as #0, Ratboy, DJ Moonboots or DJ Starscream. But these days he just wants to be known as Sid Wilson.

“At concerts or DJ gigs or wherever, everyone is always like, ‘Sid!’ ” says Wilson, 33, who’s the youngest member of the masked Iowa-based metal band. “There’s not a lot of people going, ‘Hey, DJ Starscream!’ or ‘Hey, #0.’ It’s, ‘Hey, Sid!’... so that’s what I’m going to give them.”

Sometime this fall, as soon as a label deal is signed, Wilson plans to give the world his first solo album under his own name, a self-titled affair that he describes as “an eclectic mix of all the different styles of music I grew up listening to,” including hip-hop, rock and even jazz. The first single is a socially conscious track called “Nervous Central,” but the most haunting may be “Flat Lace,” a song Wilson says he wrote five years ago for Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who died of an accidental drug overdose on May 24.

“It’s just about the different struggles in his life,” says Wilson, who’s fronting his own band in which he not only sings and raps but also plays piano and, of course, works the turntables. “It was just my way of letting him know that I was always there for him and that I was aware of the things he had to deal with.

“We came to terms with each other a long time ago, but it’s definitely difficult (to sing). It’s hard for me to even talk about it.”

Wilson says Slipknot is on an already-planned hiatus during which its members are pursuing various outside projects. He expects the surviving group members to come together and make a follow-up to 2008’s “All Hope is Gone” “whenever the time is right, which is how it always is with us.”

Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Blue Felix and others perform Saturday, Sept. 4, at Blondie’s Nightclub, 2281 W. Fort St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-964-1000 or visit www.myspace.com/officialblondiesnightclub.

Web Site: www.myspace.com/officialblondiesnightclub

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