In a new interview with Magenta Musik, Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg spoke to what the band’s creative process is like. Weinberg joined the band in time to be part of their 2014 album .5: The Gray Chapter, and has gone on to help create 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind and the upcoming THE END, SO FAR.
Weinberg says that with nine people in a room together “there’s creative tension,” but that the effort is made to include everyone’s artistic voice within a given Slipknot project. Speaking to the band’s creative process and collaboration, Jay Weinberg shares the following:
“We’re nine very passionate people about what we do, so when it comes to the creative side of things, you have nine creative voices shoehorning into a song. But, what I’m proud to say is that, at the end of the day, we all know each other’s strengths and what we bring to the table, and how we collaborate and respect one another in that way. And all of those things end up shining through. It takes a long time for us to put together what we’re proud of because there’s so many people and lots of ideas, lots of inspiration. The nine of us have very different inspirations from each other, you know. So when we filter what we wanna do creatively through the voice of Slipknot, it ends up being something that’s completely new that’s filtered through our tastes and talents and whatever.”
“Yeah, sure, we all have our ways of trying to carve something out of stone, to make it a song that we’re really proud of. And it takes a lot of work, for sure there’s creative tension, but that only makes for great art. The phrase ‘iron sharpens iron’ is really true for us. We want the best from each other, we want the best from ourselves, and I think that translates to what we’re able to do, whether that’s in the studio or live on stage.”
How excited are you to listen to THE END, SO FAR? At the time of this writing, two singles from the upcoming Slipknot album have been released, being that of “Yen” and “The Dying Song (Time To Sing).”