Nathan Jonas Jordison (born April 26, 1975), more commonly known as Joey Jordison, is an American drummer and guitarist. He is best known for his role as the drummer for Slipknot during the 1990s and 2000s until his departure in late 2013. He also substituted for drummer John Dolyman of System Of A Down during a concert on October 31st, 2001 as well as filling in for Metallica's drummer Lars Ulrich in 2004's Download Festival. Joey also went on tour with Korn in 2007 before they started recording the new album and when Corey and Jim were in Stone Sour and Slipknot was on hiatus. He is also well known as the guitarist for Murderdolls, a glam metal/horror punk band which he founded in the 2000s, that is currently on hiatus. Currently, Jordison also plays drums for the Nu-Metal band, VIMIC.
Joey plays drums, Guitar, and Bass in addition to doing vocals.
Life and Career
Joey was born at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26, 1975. He grew up in a rural area outside of Waukee where he used to play basketball on the street in front of his house. 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 parlour where Jordison would occasionally help. Jordison has stated that he felt a sudden responsibility to be the man of the house, and this responsibility turned him odious 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. He cites Keith Moon, John Bonham, Peter Criss, Gene Krupa, and Buddy Rich as his main influences.
After leaving school, Jordison was hired by a local music store called Musicland. 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 and vocalist Don Decker, named Anal Blast. Gray also attempted to recruit him for another band, Body Pit, but he declined the invitation to remain in The Rejects. During the forming period of Slipknot, Paul recruited Joey to join a punk band called the Have Nots in the Spring of 1996. Joey would leave the Have Nots in February 1997 to "focus on Slipknot" but instead reformed the Rejects which would play Des Moines up until Slipknot left to record Slipknot's Self Titled album which Paul played in after the Have Nots broke up.
On 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" because drums are recorded first. 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 English tour dates. On August 22, 2009, Jordison was taken to the emergency room for a burst appendix, 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.
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."
On December 12, 2013, Slipknot announced through their official website that they had parted ways with Jordison, citing personal reasons. Jordison insists he did not quit the band and states that he was blindsided and shocked at the announcement. Jordison released a statement on Facebook saying:
"To my fans, friends, and associates … I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumours and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I did not quit Slipknot. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans."
Both the band and Jordison have stated that more details surrounding his departure from Slipknot will be released in time.
There is a meaning behind each Slipknot members' mask. They are a reflection of their personalities or a past personal experience. Jordison's Japanese Noh mask reflects a personal experience; when he was younger his mother wore the mask when she came home from Halloween drunk. He was terrified of the emotionless stare of the mask. In the early days of Mate Feed Kill Repeat (album), he wore one plain white. For the Self-Titled album Slipknot, he decorated it with a few stripes and dots of paint. In Iowa, he painted it with fake blood all over his mask, and for Vol. 3 he did a variation of designs on it, more notable with claw slashes. He also quotes: "The design enables it to feel however you want it to feel; scary, evil or perverted. All those things held in one mask". His new mask showed at the Fuse Fangoria Award show is gray with black markings.
Joey wears an expressionless Japanese "kabuki" mask that is now marked up with black + red paint for a darker look. He got the idea when one night (Halloween, mid -80s) his mum was waiting up for him and she came home trashed, hiding behind the door was his mum in a robe with this Kabuki mask on, he says it scared the fuck out of him. MEANING: "It's open-ended and it's got so many different meanings that you can't just pinpoint stereotype or pigeon hole. It could be love, beauty, hate, disgust - it's all that stuff in one!"
- Joey about his hobby: "It is pretty much covered by music 24/7. Aside from that, maybe video games, sleeping, and sex."
- Joey was the smallest member of Slipknot, at just 5 foot 3 inches.
|Current Members:|| #6 Shawn "Clown" Crahan • #5 Craig "133" Jones • #7 Mick Thomson • #8 Corey Taylor • #0 Sid Wilson • #4 Jim Root • Alessandro Venturella • Jay Weinberg|
Live only: New Guy
|Former Members:|| Donnie Steele • Anders Colsefni • #3 Greg "Cuddles" Welts • #4 Josh "Gnar" Brainard • #2 Paul Gray • #1 Joey Jordison • #3 Chris Fehn|
Live only: #3 Brandon Darner