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Joey Jordison

Name - Joey | Born - 04/1975 | Nationality - American | Genre - Metal


As drummer with heavy metal rockers Slipknot, Joey Jordison has become one of the most popular drummers in metal. Why? Because he has great technique, speed, and a monster sound.

Thanks to that, he's also played with many other top metal bands including Metallica, Korn, System Of A Down, and Marilyn Manson to name a few. Not only does Joey have drumming skills to make most of us jealous, he's a pretty good guitarist too and showed it with his other group The Murderdolls.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that he's a mean, nasty kinda guy, but don't let the mask fool you. Joey isn't an absolute monster, he's a great guy, musician, songwriter, producer, and drummer too of course.


Joey playing live with Slipknot, Metallica, and in the studio


Joey (real name Nathan Jonas Jordison) was born on Apri 26, 1975 in Iowa, USA. He grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and became interested in music at a young age. The first instrument he started to learn was actually guitar, but he took up the drums too when his parents bought him a drum set at age 8.

As Joey went through high school, he played with many different bands, gaining experience and developing his drumming and guitar playing skills. But, he didn't form his first real band, Modifidious, until he was 15, playing drums. The young band started playing live supporting other local groups including Atomic Opera and Heads On The Wall.

They released a couple of demos in 1993, but unfortunately had little interest from the music business. Joey had finished school by this time and got a job in a local music store, but left in 1994 to work the night shift at Sinclair garage in Urbandale. He still played with Modifidious during this time, but they disbanded in 1995 because their Thrash metal sound was becoming less popular.

Joey's next move was to join another local band called The Rejects, this time as a guitarist. But, he didn't stick with them for long as he got a an interesting offer from friend Paul Gray. In September 1995 at age 20, Paul asked Joey to join a new group called The Pale Ones. Joey was a little lost and directionless after his time in his previous bands, but was Intrigued by the offer.

He went along to a rehersal at Anders Colsefini's basement and was impressed by what he heard. He joined the group straight away, taking over the drum seat where he would stay. The group went through many line-up changes but eventually played their first gig on December 4, 1995 under the name Meld.

A fews years of hard work later, after yet more line-up changes and a self-released album called Mate Feed Kill Repeat, the group had changed into what we now know as Slipknot, the name that Joey had suggested.

By 1998, Slipknot had developed their sound and look, complete with overalls and masks, but were still on the hunt for a record deal. They released a demo called Spit It Out and managed to get producer Ross Robinson interested in working with them, which ultimately led to the band being signed by Road Runner records.

Joey and the band got to work on their debut album Slipknot which was released on June 29, 1999. They had made it. The album did very well and launched Joey and the band into the spotlight. In the the following years, Joey continued to tour and record with Slipknot, releasing Iowa in 2001, Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses in 2004, and All Hope Is Gone in 2008.

He also got back together with some of his bandmates from The Rejects to form The Murderdolls which he played guitar in. They released Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls in 2002 and did a tour to promote it, but due to Joey's success with Slipknot, he's yet to produce a follow up album with the band.

Apart from his work in Slipknot and Murderdolls, Joey has found time to work with other groups and artists including Marilyn Manson, OTEP, Metallica, Ministry, and Korn.

He also writes and produces for various other projects, and continues to pursue his passion for drumming and music in general.


Drums - Pearl | Cymbals - Paiste | Sticks - Ahead

Joey's set up

Jordison uses Pearl hardware and Pearl Reference series drums. The toms are 8"x7", 10"x8", 12"x9", 14"x10", 16"x16", and 18"x16". He also has some quater toms in 6"x12", 6"x15", 6"x18", and 6"x21" sizes.

The two bass drums are both 22"x18", and there's a 20"x14" gong drum too. The snare drum is Joey's 13"x6.5" signature snare by Pearl.

As for cymbals, Joey uses a combination by Paiste including 14" 2002 Wild Hats, 19" 2002 Wild China, 17" RUDE crash ride, 10", 8" and 6" Signature splash's, 18" RUDE crash/ride, 19" RUDE crash/ride, 13" Signature heavy Hit-Hats, 20" 2002 Power ride,, 21" 2002 Wild China, 15" 2002 Wild China, 18" Rude China, and 13" Signature Mega Cup Chime.

Joey also plays with his signature drum sticks by Ahead, and uses Remo drum heads.

Joey's set up

The view behind Joey's Pearl Reference Series drums...

Joey's set up

Joey's signature Pearl snare drum...

Joey's set up


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Selected Discography

* Slipknot (Slipknot, 1999)

* Iowa (Slipknot, 2001)

* Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses (Slipknot, 2004)

* 9.0: Live (Slipknot, 2005)

* All Hope Is Gone (Slipknot, 2008)

Books and Dvd's

Joey Has Played With...

* Slipknot

* Korn

* Ministry

* Satyricon

* Marilyn Manson

* Sid Wilson

* Paul Gray

* Corey Taylor

* Chris Fehn

* James Root

* Craig Jones

* Shawn Crahan

* Mick Thompson

* Murderdolls



"Ross (Robinson) is insane! Once, when we were recording here, he threw a potted plant at me. It exploded on the wall over my head and the dirt went in my mouth. It was awesome."

"I don't consider myself like a really killer guitar player or even a killer drummer, really my passion about music is just, ya know, to create a song that sticks in people's memories and try to, ya know, make people feel an emotion."

"...In the studio I'm like the first one to get there and the last one to leave every day."

"The blank expression suits me. Just don't call us a pro wrestling band, I'm short and I can't wrestle."

"We are metal, we are not the Insane Clown Posse. They throw around faygo pops and we throw around human feces, hows that for ya?"

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