Sid Wilson (born Sidney George Wilson on January 20, 1978 in Des Moines, Iowa) is a turntablist for the musical group Slipknot. He is the youngest band member in Slipknot. Sid also tours as DJ Starscream, a name taken from the popular 1980s television show Transformers (of which he has the shows symbols tattooed on the backs of his hands). He is currently signed to Japanese/US label Nitrous Oxide (N20) Records. He performs jungle music. He has a big following in Japan, as most of his CDs are released there first and recently callobrated with The Mad Capsule Markets vocalist Kyono on a song called 'HAKAI(Deathtroy)' for the Deathnote movie soundtrack He currently is involved with Ampt, with fellow N20 artist Rob Gee and The Sound Proof Coalition, whom he used to be a member of.
Sid was born with 6 fingers on each hand, they were amputated at birth, Shawn: "They cut off his goddamn fingers cos society doesn't like them. Think what a DJ he coulda been with those extra fingers! We've been deprived of that cos of those motherfuckers!"
Rumour: When asked what hobbies he had he responded: "snowboarding, sculpting with clay and cooking."
Band he would most like to play/tour with: "It wouldn't go in with the genre of Slipknot, but me personally, it would be the Beastie Boys. At the point where I got into DJing, break dancing and hip hop, the Beastie Boys were a big part of that . I have always listened to them."
Best Concert: The first time I saw Slipknot. I was going to try out for the band, so I went to a show here in Des Moines, Iowa. This was a few years ago. When I saw them, I knew I had to be in this band.
First Concert: When I was three years old, my family went to the Iowa State Fair and saw Sheena Easton.
Performance: Most recently was our last London show. They had this huge balcony twenty-five feet high. I stood on top of the railing and jumped off backwards with my body straight and my arms out to the side. The crowd caught me.
Moment in the studio: I think Purity. There was a lot of emotion, vibing up each other, and taking it to the next level. It just kind of happened.
Jay Weinberg (born September 8, 1990) is an American drummer and the son of drummer Max Weinberg. He has played with the punk band the Reveling and toured in 2009 as a drummer with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, substituting for his father. During 2010, he was briefly the drummer for Madball. During 2011 and 2012, Weinberg played with Against Me!. In 2014, Weinberg became the drummer for heavy metal band Slipknot.
Alessandro "Alex" "V-man" Venturella is a British metal musician who has served as a lead guitarist for Krokodil and Cry For Silence. He was previously the touring guitar tech for Mastodon‘s Brent Hinds,Coheed & Cambria, Architects, and Fightstar. He has since switched from being a lead guitarist to a bass player for the first time in a band when he joined Slipknot after being their guitar tech.
Chris Fehn was born February 24, 1972 and is one of two percussionists in the nu metal band Slipknot. Chris uses a Pinocchio style mask, which has been seen in many different colors and styles with the nose of the mask always staying at 71⁄2 inches (about 19 cm) long. Chris's mask is most likely based on the masks worn by doctors during the Black Plague, where the nose was filled with herbs to 'protect' the doctor from inhaling the fumes of death, or possibly on the mask Alex wore during the rape scene from the film A Clockwork Orange.
Chris actually owns over 8 types of masks which are mostly different colors. His best-known mask is the regular tanned leather mask used during the Iowa tour and videos. Another well known mask is Fehn's red mask used mainly in the Subliminal Verses tour.
Quote - "This mask reflects my comic personality. Plus I chose it for the bondage factor. When you put it on, it takes you to another place. Its very hot, its very tight, and it hurts - that goes along with the aggression we create."
Mask - Chris wears a bondage type Pinnochio mask, with a nose about 7-8 inches long. He has several different versions of this mask. MEANING: "At the moment I have absolutely no idea what this mask means because it's a long time since I had this fucking thing on, but I'll figure it out real fucking quick. Oh but it's all so good..."
James "Jim" Root (born October 2, 1971) is the current rhythm guitarist for Slipknot.
He joined during the end of the recording of the self-titled album. At this point, former guitarist Josh Brainard had decided to leave the band due to his unhappiness with the direction of the band.
Singer Corey Taylor invited James to join the band, knowing him from their previous effort together, the first incarnation of Stone Sour . The only track on the self-titled album on which James can be heard is Purity, but this song was removed from the album due to a lawsuit and subsequent copies of the album do not feature any of James' playing.
Like the rest of Slipknot , Jim is from Des Moines, Iowa. At 6'6", he is the tallest member of the band. He worked as a screen printer, waiter, and bus boy before joining Slipknot. James has played in previous bands such as Deadfront, Anal Blast, and Atomic Opera. James is also the co-guitarist for Stone Sour.
He and Corey reunited the band during the hiatus between the Slipknot albums Iowa and Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
In Slipknot , most of the guitar work is fast, heavy. James and co-guitarist Mick Thomson do trade some leads on the band's Vol 3 album (especially in The Pulse of the Maggots's solo), but their music is otherwise almost completely devoid of guitar solos. Guitars in Slipknot rarely take the spotlight, rather, Mick and James fill in the sonic territory not occupied by the band's other seven members.
All guitars in Slipknot are tuned to 1 1/2 steps down from dropped D (Low to high, B, F#, B, E, G#, C#,) except for on the songs My Plague, The Heretic Anthem, Skin Ticket, New Abortion and Iowa, on which they are tuned to B tuning dropped A (Low to high, A, E, A, D, F#, B.) Standard tuning is used on prelude 3.0.
James's playing in Stone Sour concentrates more on building melodic metal anthems. It has been rumored that he will be releasing a signature Fender Telecaster in early 2007, and this was confirmed by James Root in a recent interview in the January '07 issue of "Total Guitar" magazine..
In the early days, Craig originally joined Slipknot as a guitar player to fill in for Donnie Steele, but later switched to being in control of the samples working with Sid Wilson. Craig also controls the guitar effects used live.
His mask in the early days of Slipknot was a Gas Station mask with long needles, but eventually switched to a tight leather mask with six inch nails in it. While all of the Slipknot band members wear their stage masks in the public eye, most have been seen without their masks, mainly due to side projects they may be involved in that do not have this same tradition. Craig Jones is the most elusive face of Slipknot, and until the the 'Duality' video shoot in Des Moines, IA, no fan had ever seen his true face knowingly.
He is a video game fanatic and gets his ideas for samples in songs from movies. Eg: The line "Here comes the pain" in the track "(Sic)" was taken from Carlito's Way; the voice was of Al Pacino. The opening track for their self-titled album was created by Craig, and the dialogue in the background, "The whole thing I think, is sick", was taken from a Charles Manson documentary.
Craig has also never been quoted officially as having made any comments to interviewers, preferring to start an interview with the zip covering his mouth opened, and closing it in answer to any questions asked. During photo shoots, he wears patches over his eyes to keep his anonymity. He is also known to leave shows early for the same reason. It would seem he is rather isolated and independent, which is why he is probably looked upon as the "darkest" member of the band.
James Root once said about Jones that: "He even scares me. I kind of feel I'm doing a service to the community by knowing where Craig is from day to day."
There is a persistent rumor that his only words have been when an interviewer asked him to describe himself; "I have a rather slim, serial killer profile." Craig Jones has given an interview about his samples to the company Cakewalk , which is the company he prefers when doing samples.
In the new Slipknot DVD Voliminal: Inside The Nine, all band members were individually interviewed unmasked, but Craig never said a word and his face is blurry. Craig was asked how many people were buried in his backyard, but he did not say a word.
Shawn "Clown" Crahan, born on (September 24, 1969), is a percussionist in the nu metal band Slipknot. He has a set of deeply tuned toms (drums) on which he provides a powerful backup (along with Chris Fehn #3) to the drumming of Joey Jordison. He has a height of 5'7". According to Slipknot, he was one of the first band members to wear a mask (he had an old clown mask). He found his mask sitting lonely in a shop one day and he decided "it was right."Personal
Shawn was an executive producer for the Mudvayne album L.D. 50 as well as the 40 Below Summer album Invitation to the Dance . He has also made a brief appearance in the American Head Charge music video for "Just So You Know" and remixed one of their tracks for the Just So You Know single release.
Crahan says he had a happy youth. His parents financed Slipknot in the early days and he professes nothing but the utmost respect for them. In the early '90s, he had a drinking problem, exacerbated when he bought a Des Moines bar, "The Safari". Frustrated by the lack of success, he says he would have killed himself if he hadn't met his wife Chantal. "My savior, my hero," he says. "She saved my life." - Q Magazine .
Disasterpieces ( 2002 )
Voliminal: Inside the Nine - Director/Producer/ ( 2006 )
Quote - "I've wanted to be a clown because there's something nice about me, and something pretty twisted as well. If someone stares at me on my way to the stage, I don't get up until they look away first. I am on a world-domination mission. Slipknot isn't just an average band. It's not just music. It's a way of life and it's the real way of life. When I go on-stage, the rock'n'roll cliche can go die. There's no place for that anymore. My whole deal is, when we've reached everyone and everyone understands, I'm gone. I'm out. I've done it." - Shawn Crahan (Clown masked Percussionist and founding father (#6).
Shawn had a clown's mask that he found around 15 years ago. MEANING: "I'm going to fucking kill every motherfucker here! What was the question? The mask? IT represents my death."
Shawn also is the founder of Big Orange Clown uint of Sanctuary Records , and signed metalcore act, Gizmachi . Shawn is also the drummer and vocalist for the band To My Surprise . He appears unmasked in this band. Heads on the wall: 1993 - 1995 Shawn - Drums
Quan - Guitar: This band played four shows with Slipknot's drummer Joey Jordison 's band, Modifidious .
Slipknot : 1995 - Present
To My Surprise : 2003 - Present
Shawn was an executive producer for the Mudvayne CD LD.. 50. Clown has also made a brief appearance in the American Head Charge video, 'Just So You Know'. He has also remixed one of their tracks for the 'Just So You Know' single release.
1. Just So You Know (Short Attention Span Mix)
2. Just So You Know (Clown #6 Remix)
3. Real Life
4. Just So You Know (Video)
"Crahan is the band's engine, the core of the madness. There are slogans: "I don't want to push the envelope, I AM the envelope" There is darkness: "I want to do a documentary on the slaughter and sectioning of livestock carcasses." But most of all there is the splendid hatred of society's rules. "Be a boy! Ride a bike like this! Breathe this air! No dude, I've had enough! Fuck that! I'm checkin' out!" Crahan says he had a happy youth. His parents financed Slipknot in the early days and he professes nothing but the utmost respect for them. In the early '90s he had a drink problem, exacerbated when he bought a Des Moines bar. Frustrated by the lack of success, he says he would have killed himself if he hadn't met his wife Chantal. "My saviour, my hero," he says. "She saved my life." - Q Music - Find the complete article under the articles section of the site.
Shawn found a dead crow in his driveway, and kept it in a big, commercial pickle jar, and carried it around at shows until it turned to mush. During shows Shawn would open the jar, this would cause him to vomit all over the place and also cause fans to start vomiting all over the place. It was (sic), it was kept in the jar with all the bacteria and flesh eating creatures. It started secreting this brown liquid and became a fine sauce. Some kids broke the jar open and played catch with it for a while and now it's disposed. At one radio interview Shawn took it along and freaked out the radio person who was also afraid of clowns.
BEAVER TAIL "Rumour":
A cop gave Shawn a dead beavers tail because the cop didn't know how to get rid of it. Shawn didn't know what to do with it so on stage he and corey squeezed all the juices out of it into their faces and then they ate it. Afterwards they were throwing up like crazy and asking each other why the fuck they did that.
Shawn was a regular attendee to the "Runway" club for which he paid $7 to enter each time. It was where the people who liked proper music gathered. However within this club Shawn was still disgraced at the number of competing cover bands that would out shine other; more original bands. Crahan did however manage to allow "all aged" shows to take place within the club on Sundays. For a while Shawn's discontent was settled with such bands as Modifidious and Body Pit, however these bands all broke up within a very short space of each other and the metal Scene had once again disappeared. Shawn now had to put up with cover bands once again. At this point Shawn knew he had to do something different and one day the concept of Slipknot came to him.
Shawn owned the "The Safari Club" within Des Moines for a short time (he bought it in January 1997), one of the only places to see new rock and punk acts. As Slipknot got huge though, it became too much to manage and had to be shut down, it later re-opened as Hairy Mary's (information about club in history section of site).
Mick Thomson (born November 3 , 1973 ) is the lead guitarist for the nine-piece band Slipknot. Thomson is known as #7 in the band and despite popular belief his name is spelt Mick Thomson not Thompson .
Before Slipknot, Mick was in the band Bodypit with former Slipknot members Anders Colsefini , Donnie Steele and current bassist Paul Gray .
Originally, Mick donned a Jason-style hockey mask, painted a dark pea green type color. This can be seen on the cover of their self titled major label debut, "Slipknot." Shortly after Mick wore a dark silver leather mask comprised of separate pieces bound with metal rivets, with a nose opening cutout and vertical slats for his mouth. For Vol. 3, he switched to a molded latex mask based on the previous design, with some updated features.
Corey Taylor, born December 8, 1973, is the lead singer of nu metal band Slipknot and vocalist and occasional guitarist of the band Stone Sour, the latter being formed prior to the commercial success of Slipknot.
Corey is the master of the vocals and lyrics in Slipknot. Before he joined the band, he worked in a porn shop to earn money (it was called "Adult Emporium"). On stage he is loud, fast, and out of control. Offstage, he seems very calm and down to Earth. Before Slipknot he was part of the band Stone Sour. Corey loves Comedy albums, which he grew up on.
Battles With Alcoholism
Known as "the guy that was always ready to go out and do shots", Corey's drinking became more and more problematic as time went by. Eventually it reached a point where Taylor would begin to drink as soon as he got up in the morning and generally would not stop until blacking out. According to Taylor, the problem began to eat away at his family life as he became more and more apathetic to the people and things surrounding him.
Taylor finally made several attempts at suicide . All this culminated to the night of November 14 , 2003 . On this night, Taylor was about to jump off of the eighth story balcony of the Hyatt on Sunset Boulevard but his wife, Scarlett, managed to talk him down. After this incident Scarlett told him either he had to sober up and start being a father and husband or she was leaving with their kids.
Corey chose to quit drinking and go sober rather then lose his family. The next year would prove to be "the worst year of his life" as Taylor struggled to redefine himself as a person and give up his partying persona and repair the damage that he had done to his body. He spent the year in self-imposed isolation, claiming that he "pushed his wife away for a while and was a really selfish, cold dick". In the process, the struggle would fuel some of his songs with Stone Sour, such as "Socio" and "Zzyzx Rd". Finally, Taylor would come to grips with his sobriety and began to use it as a source of inspiration.
In September of 2004, fans of Taylor were alarmed by quickly circulating rumors that he had died. The rumors were started by a website that had declared Taylor's death on the Friday of September 10, 2004. Further fanning the flames of the speculation into the matter, radio personality Mancow Muller discussed the subject of Taylor's death on his show on the following Tuesday, September 14.
According to Scarlett, the rumors first attributed Taylor's death to a drug overdose, then later to a fatal car crash. The whole incident happened to coincide with a birthday for Taylor's son on the following Friday (September 17). The sudden and unexpected influx of people going into the Taylor household for Taylor's son's birthday party only caused even higher heights of concern, causing even Taylor's manager to call them and confirm that Taylor was alright. Finally Taylor decide to put the issue to rest, walking out onto his front patio and yelling to the crowd "I am not dead." Laughing, his father-in-law backed him up, "Rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated".
Meeting His Father
Taylor grew up not knowing his father. His father left prior to his birth and, at the request of Taylor's mother, remained absent from Taylor's life. It would not be until many years later that the two of them would finally meet. Scarlett took it upon herself to confront Taylor's mother about the issue, demanding that she reveal to Scarlett whatever she could about Taylor's father. When Taylor's mother finally agreed, Scarlett hired a private detective to find Taylor's father.
When the two of them finally met, the reunion turned out very well, starting off with the two of them having reportedly "cried for about 20 minutes". Taylor was overjoyed by the reunion saying that "a whole new chapter in [his] life has opened".
Corey was also in Bloodfest and Dead Second. After Corey leaving Stone Sour for Slipknot the band ultimately finished. Jim Root also played in this band. Corey + Joel wrote most of the Stone Sour songs. They were like "Faith No More/AIC/Tool with a lot of other little elements thrown in."
But in 2002, Stone Sour once again were back in action when Josh Rand approached Corey with new material he had been working on. Corey and Jim went on to take a break from Slipknot. Since then, Stone Sour has gone on to release two albums, Self Titled and Come What(ever) May and were both very successful records.
Corey appeared on the Spider-Man soundtrack with the track, 'Bother'. It shows his true singing ability and has silenced many critics.
He was quoted as saying to Rock Sound Magazine from the UK: I've been trying to get on this soundtrack for a year! Anyone who knows me knows I am the biggest Spiderman freak of all time! I started putting the word out and said I'd do a song with someone else just to be on that soundtrack, that's how much it meant to me! I've been waiting since 1993 for this movie to come out and I had this song called 'Bother', which is me and an acoustic guitar."
Last year I was like, 'Fuck it, I'll record it'. If nothing else it'd be just for me to have on record. So I recorded this song, sent it to my manager, he heard it and was like, 'Holy shit' and he took it to the girl who was putting the soundtrack together. She flipped, and so automatically I'm flying to LA to record this song and it was weird! It was the first time I've ever been in the studio doing anything by myself and on a professional level. It came out really good. This is a song I wrote seven years ago so I'm pretty happy with it!"
Corey Taylor's first mask, which was originally made from a crash test dummy-style halloween mask, is equipped with brown and blonde dreadlocks made from his real hair. It is said that his new mask is now inspired by Texas Chainsaw Massacre 's Leatherface
RUMOURS: He has been known to dress as a priest onstage. Corey is apparently a fan of "Mike Patton" who has been in Faith No more, Fantamos and Mr Bungle. According to Shawn Corey has an 18 inch neck. Corey prefers the nickname "FAITH".
Quote - "We aren't hiding behind these masks, we're actually revealing more to you than you might think. The mask I wear brings out all the shit inside me that I hate. Plus it hurts like hell, which helps my intensity." "If you feel like talking, you talk, if you don't, you don't" �So many people are like, 'Gimmick, gimmick, gimmick!', Fuck you! You don't know what we're about! Our motto has always been, 'Music First.' Even if the masks and the coveralls weren't there, the music would still be good."
Mask - Used to be a leather face cover, with brown/blonde dreads. Yes, some of the dreads were made of his real hair. He used to wear them through the mask, but he cut them off because it was a pain to pull them through. Also, he was always changing his hairstyle. Now, his mask is made out of moulded latex instead of leather. Most of the dreads now seem to be fake. MEANING: "Twenty-seven, What does that mean? You'll figure it out" "Complete pain, it represents everything I fucking rally against, there is so much hate, blood, spit and puke in that fucking mask just from playing, I put it on every night and I remember why I am playing. I go from me now to the person I was when I wrote the songs."
Corey and his several types of "singing/shouting":
1) When he's actually singing (wait and bleed, mid point of no life)
2) Crazy screaming (beginning of sic and Eyeless), (surfacing fuck it all part)
3) Slow talking (I can't see, I can't be.., purity)
4) Fast talking (spit it out, no life)
5) Melodic (prosthetics, scissors)
6) Raspy scream (tattered and torn)
7) Normal scream. Like in only one, diluted, etc.
Young: At a young age Corey liked to get down to the likes of "The King" - Elvis, thanks to influences from his grandmother. "Elvis was a great singer". His grandmother also helped him with buying equipment and his talent for music.
A ghost? During Corey's youth he and some friends often talked about a burnt out old house that they dared not go near. Then one night they all decided to make their way towards the house; to their surprise it was all lit up and after hearing noises they ran screaming.
What was high school like?
"I got kicked out, basically, my junior year i started a riot in the lunch room, because of the atrocious food. They kindly asked me to leave and i threw a chair at the vice principal."
When did you start out with music?
"The first live gig i ever did was actually with Stone Sour. This was in '92. I was 19 years old and i was so nervous man. We would do originals and covers and we would play three one-hour sets a night. We would do that four or five fucking days a week. It kind of taught you a work ethic, you know?"
How did you feel when you were offered the Slipknot gig?
"I was at the very first Slipknot show. And then the next day, Slipknot and Stone Sour actually played together, which was crazy, you know? But i can always remember thinking to myself, 'I want to sing for this band!'. And then, two years later, they came to me and asked me. Slipknot wanted the best people in the scene and at the time i was the best singer in Des Moines, Iowa. I was like "this if fucking huge". Cos at the time it was still very experimental and very eclectic, and i loved that. It wasn't until we got signed that it became very narrow, and just all about the heavy all the time. And it really kinda choked alot od the love out of it for me".
Can you pin-point where you crossed the line, when things started getting dark?
"For me it really hit a wall recording the Vol 3 album. There were other things going on in m life that were making me abysmal, basically, as a person. I always had a bottle of Jack next to my dresser. I was the guy at last call that would order four drinks so i could drink right up until i went out the door. I'd wake up in different places, not knowing how i got there. It was just really getting bad. My whole appearance was fucked, you know? I was swollen. When i would sweat i smelled like whiskey"
It came to a head on November 14, 2003, when you tried to jump of a hotel balcony?
"I was very close to jumping off. My buddy, Tommy, actually grabbed me before i could jump. I woke up very, very confused. It was just the worst i had ever felt. The last real memory i had that night was leaning against the Viper Room, throwing up on the spot where River Phoenix died. And spitting it at people. I was the guy who you did not want to fucking hang out with when he got wasted. It needed to be time for me to quit drinking for a while. And when i did, it felt really good. It cleared so much shit out of me"
A news story surfaced a few years ago that announced you had died?
"Yeah, that happened like 8 times! Jesus Christ! The last time was so serious, this fucking syndicated DJ goes on the radio in Chicago and starts telling people that i'm dead! My friends are calling him up going "He's not fucking dead!" My grandmother hears this, starts crying uncontrollably, so now i've got to call up my whole fucking family and let them know! its got so bad that at my sons birthday party, the local newspaper showed up thinking that they were having a wake for my funeral! And im there cutting the cake! So i ran out on the lawn shouting, "I Am Not Fucking Dead!"