Slipknot's Corey Taylor is "just another lucky geek who got to live out a dream."
The vocalist is very focussed on his career but doesn't take himself too seriously, blasting artists who use their fame as a tool for their own ends rather than to please their fans.
He told Loudwire.com: "I am the kind of guy who has never taken myself too seriously. I mean, I am very serious about what I do, I'm very serious about the creative process and everything but at the end of the day I am just another lucky geek who got to live out a dream, you know?
"The people I respect the least are the ones that take themselves way to seriously. And you can just tell this isn't about the creativity for them. It is about the trying to prop themselves up to feel better about themselves.
"I think that is sad because there are really some great, great artists out there that really come off as such tools."
While he doesn't like to be put on a pedestal himself, Corey admitted he was personally star struck when he recently got the opportunity to record with legendary Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Nirvana producer Butch Vig.
He tweeted: "HUGE checks off the Bucket List today- did a song with Dave Grohl and Butch Vig. Do the words 'holy s**t' say enough about it?!? (sic)"