Renowned alternative metal band Slipknot is made up of nine members who have apparently had a bit of a hard time speaking the same language when it comes to writing new songs. Drummer Jay Weinberg unveiled the sometimes stressful creative process in a new interview, describing the pros and cons that inevitably come from putting many heads on a single idea.
In conversations with Magenta Music, Weinberg stressed that most of the time creating new music is complicated, although he highlights that the abundance of members is what allows to give more nuances to their sounds. The interview arose in the middle of the Wacken Open Air Festival, which took place from August 4 to 6 in the German municipality, of which Slipknot headed the poster along with other metal greats such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
“We all have our way of trying to carve something in stone, to make it a song that we’re really proud of, and that takes a lot of work for sure. There is creative tension, but that just makes for great art,” he notes. “The phrase ‘iron sharpens iron’ is really true for us. We want the best of ourselves, and I think that translates into what we’re capable of doing, whether it’s in the studio or live.”
Although it could be seen within a negative connotation, the drummer affirms that the disagreements come from the passion and commitment that each of its members has for the band, however, they are still in the process of finding the balance to avoid discussions. become a real problem. From Weinberg’s point of view, having several ideas is part of the list of pros that outweigh the cons. “We’re nine people who are very passionate about what we do, so when it comes to the creative side, you have nine creative voices shoehorned into one song,” he says.
He adds: “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 each other in that regard. And all those things end up shining. It takes us a long time to create what we are proud of, because there are a lot of people and a lot of ideas, a lot of inspiration. The nine of us have very different inspirations from each other. So when we filter what we want to do creatively through Slipknot’s voice, it ends up being something completely new filtered by our tastes and talents and whatever.”
His statements come just over a month after the release of the band’s seventh studio album, The End So Far. The continuation of We Are Not Your Kind published in 2019 will go on sale on September 30 through Roadrunner, after having presented us with some advances such as The Chapelton Rag Y And inthemes marked with energy that will mark the beginning of their new era.