Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Slipknot's Jay Weinberg: "We started working on '.5: The Gray Chapter' the day after my audition"

Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg was recently interviewed by Music Radar, you can read some excerpts below.

He recalled how he was asked to start work on Slipknot album ".5: The Gray Chapter" the day after his audition. He said: "It was a sombre occasion, there was a definite mood in the room of what the band was going through, moving forward without a brother that has been with them for 20 odd years. I wanted to treat the situation with a delicate, careful respect. I wanted to kick the door in with the Slipknot attitude, but I wanted to be respectful of what they were going through because it was a really heavy thing. I was one of the first people to know that the band was moving forward without Joey Jordison."

He played around 20 songs during the day, and added: "Then we got to talking about, ‘Hey, let’s work on some new songs, we have riffs that we’re working out, do you want to jam on those?’ Literally the day after we had my audition, we began working on the new Slipknot record. From the first song I think we all knew that it was going to work out."

About to visit the grave of bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, he said. "It meant a lot to me, to start this journey by paying my respects to one of the founding pillars of this band. Then we went right out to LA and didn’t leave for six or seven months!"

About to meet the fans on tour, Weinberg said: "I see myself in them, they see themselves in me. 10 years ago I was screaming my lungs out, getting my ribs crushed against the barricade, and now I’m the one that made it over the barricade on to the stage. People tell me, ‘It makes me want to chase my dreams. Look at you, you did this, you made it on to the stage.’ You can set your goals to whatever you want to accomplish. You have to sacrifice a lot but, with all that hard work and sacrifice comes great reward. And I view playing with Slipknot to be a great reward."

About former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, he said: "Joey’s one of the greatest drummers we’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing. As a fan of the band and someone who respects the people and the music, I didn’t want to come in and try to be a copycat. That’s not interesting to me, that’s not interesting to the band, it would be insulting to everyone involved, including the fans."

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