Joey played the drums for many metal bands, but also plays guitar in his spare time. Joey started playing drums in a jazz school band when he was young. This, and hanging out with his cousin Steve Allan White, helped him tone his drum skills at an early age. After years of working at a gas station and playing for numerous metal bands, he finally landed a gig with the band currently known as Slipknot. Although this band took a little bit to get noticed, once they did, Joey Jordison became one of the top rated drummers of America.
He started out by forming the band Modifidious in which he played drums. He later described them as "total speed-metal thrash". The band helped Jordison break new ground, playing for live crowds in support of local bands including Atomic Opera, which featured Jim Root, and Heads On The Wall, which featured Shawn Crahan. After a multitude of line-up changes including the presence of Craig Jones and Josh Brainard—who would later appear in Slipknot—the band released two demos in 1993: Visceral and Mud Fuchia.
After leaving school, Jordison was hired by a local music store called Musicland. Then he met a man named Robert Lein who Jordison said "Other than Paul Gray Robert Lein was the best bass player ever." In March 1994, after a recommendation from his new friend, he got a job at a Sinclair garage in Urbandale. Jordison worked the night shift, which he preferred, as it left his weekends free and allowed him to spend time with his friends and listen to music while working. In early 1995, Modifidious disbanded because of a shift in interest from thrash metal to death metal in America. Following this Jordison joined a local band called The Rejects as a guitarist, with whom he only played a couple of shows. Jordison was also involved in a band with Paul Gray, formed mostly as a joke called Anal Blast. Gray also attempted to recruit him for another band, Body Pit, but he declined the invitation to remain in The Rejects.
In November 28, 1995, Mark Anthony Cadavos approached Jordison while he was working, offering him a position in a new project called The Pale Ones. Intrigued and at a point where he was "lost", Jordison attended rehearsals at Anders Colsefini's basement and immediately wanted to be part of this new band. Speaking of this moment he said, "I remember trying so hard not to smile, so I didn't look like I wanted to join, I remained poker-faced, but I thought they ruled." A lot of Slipknot's early development was discussed by band members while Jordison worked night shifts at Sinclair's garage. Slipknot would become pioneers to the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Jordison is accompanied by two custom percussionists, giving their music a feel that Rolling Stone touted as "suffocating".
Each member of Slipknot is assigned a number; Joey was assigned "#1". Joey has produced one album with Slipknot: 2005 live album 9.0: Live. In August, 2008, Jordison broke his ankle and Slipknot had to cancel some of its England tour dates. On August 22, 2009, Jordison was taken to the emergency room for a burst appendix (although there is no solid evidence), less than an hour before he was to take the stage for Auburn, Washington's KISW Pain in the Grass concert. As a result, Slipknot canceled following shows in August and September, to give Jordison time to recover.
Jordison has always been a Pearl drummer, he signed with Pearl when he started with Slipknot. He plays a very large kit, including 2 bass drums, and a rack loaded with a variety of Paiste cymbals. For the longest time he played the Pearl Masters Series MMX drum set; however, as of late Joridson teamed up with Pearl to create a Jet Black Pearl Export EX kit. This kit is just as popular, and is now selling very well. Jordison uses TAMA Iron Cobra bass pedals, with high tension springs. His drum set is covered in Remo drum heads. The sizes he is most familiar with playing are: 2 22” x 18” bass drums, 8x7, 10x8 , 12x9, 3x10, 14x12, 16x16, and 18x16 toms. His snare is 13x6.5. He is currently signed with Paiste cymbals in which he uses a very wide variety.
One of Joey Jordison’s claim to fame, is his white mask that he wears during the majority of his concerts. In the band Slipknot, every member wears a mask that means something to them. As for Joey, he chose a plain white Japanese Noh mask – the same mask his mother wore one Halloween that terrified him. Recently, Jordison has painted blood and other markings on the mask to spice things up. That, mixed with his long straight, red streaked hair, makes him quite the musician to look at.But don’t let looks fool you, Jordison is a master behind the drum set.
In August 2010 Jordison was voted the best drummer of the past 25 years by readers of Rhythm magazine. Competitors included Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Dave Grohl etc. When asked to comment he stated "I'm at a loss for words. This is beyond unbelievable. Something like this reminds me every day why I continue to do this."
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Drum Dungeon Bio - JOEY JORDISON
Nathan Jonas Jordison (born April 26, 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa), better known by his stage name Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He grew up in Waukee, Iowa with his parents and two sisters, and was given his first drum kit at the age of 8. He performed in several bands until joining The Pale Ones in summer of 1995, a band which would change their name to Slipknot.
With Slipknot, Jordison has performed on four studio albums, and produced the live album 9.0: Live. He is also involved in the band Murderdolls, which he helped establish while on tour with Slipknot.
Originally named The Rejects, he has performed on both of Murderdolls albums. Outside the majority of his projects, Jordison has performed with other heavy metal groups such as Rob Zombie, Metallica, and Ministry. While most of his performances with these bands were on tour, some albums, such as House of Secrets and the reissue of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 feature studio recorded tracks which have him performing. Jordison uses several drum brands including Pearl and ddrum.
Jordison was born at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26, 1975. He grew up in a rural area outside of Waukee. He embraced music at an early age, which he attributes to the influence of his parents: "they always sat me down in front of the radio, rather than the TV." He played guitar until receiving his first drum kit as a gift from his parents at age eight, and started his first band while in elementary school. At a young age, Jordison's parents divorced; he and his two younger sisters stayed with their mother. His mother remarried and set up a funeral parlor where Jordison would occasionally help. Jordison has stated he felt a sudden responsibility to be the man of the house, and this responsibility turned him into a more mature person at a young age.
Jordison did not enjoy his time at school, admitting he "was really introverted and didn't have many friends." His grades suffered due to his focus on music. Despite being involved in multiple projects, he did not have his first serious band until he was fifteen.
Joey Jordison signature drum solo featuring his hydraulic riser.