Chris Cornell Reveals ‘What Brought On Depression’ And ‘Dark Periods’ In Unheard Interview


Mistress Carrie has shared a previously unheard 2007 interview with late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. NME have transcribed portions of the interview.

Asked if at the time he was experiencing “the happiest time”, Cornell says: “There’s no comparison, really. I’ve been very fortunate and had a fortunate life, but also a really chaotic life, and I’ve gone through some pretty dark periods – some of it self-imposed, some of it just losing close friends and people that I miss.

“Now, is something… I never even knew that this was a way that life can be like. Being happily married; having a family be part of my career, where it’s not a juggling act – where’s it’s just, ‘This is what we all do, together’. That makes it better!”

He went on to discuss the impact that change of lifestyle had on his 2007 solo album ‘Carry On’. “Writing songs for my record was unlike any experience I’ve ever had. Rather than going into a studio and being in a dark room – which is what I was used to – and writing alone, I was in the spare bedroom at home, and with my kids outside. I could hear them running around. I just focussed on what I was doing, and then had my family there. I never had that isolating feeling that I used to get, and part of that is what brought on depression for me sometimes. That’s just not part of my life anymore, which is fantastic.”

Listen back to the interview in full here.