Joey Jordison Biography

By | December 10, 2017

As drummer with the hugely successful Slipknot, Joey Jordison is perhaps today’s most popular metal drummer! With plenty of speed, power, and chops it’s no wonder he’s got people talking. Here we’ll take a look at what got Joey to this point in a short biography.

The Beginning

Joey Jordison was born on April 26, 1975 in Iowa, USA. He grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and became interested in music quite quickly. After trying out a few different instruments, Joey finally decided on drums. Through high school, he played in a range of bands while developing his playing skills. Eventually, he formed Mofidious with some of his school pals and really started getting a taste for playing live. They played with other local groups including Atomic Opera and Heads On The Wall .

The band sent out some demo tapes in 1993, but didn’t get any interest from the labels. Joey finished school about this time and got a job working in a local garage. He continued playing with the band, but they disbanded in 1995 because their Thrash Metal sound was becoming less popular.

Moving On

Joey Jordison then joined another group called The Rejects, this time as a guitarist. But, his friend Paul Gray had other plans for Joey, so he didn’t stay with the group for long. During 1995, age 20,  Joey was asked by Paul to join yet another group called The Pale Ones. He went along to a rehearsal at Anders Colsefini’s basement and was so impressed that he joined them right then as their new drummer. The group went through many line-up changes but eventually played their first gig on December 4, 1995 under the name Meld.

Success didn’t come easy though, and after a couple of years hard work they self-released an album called Mate Feed Kill Repeat Joey suggested a new name for the group too – Slipknot. The name stuck.

Success At Last

After more time and work, Slipknot had developed their sound and look, complete with overalls and masks. But, still without a record deal, they weren’t where they wanted to be. Another demo was released called Spit It Out, which got into the hands of producer Ross Robinson. Robinson liked what he heard and wanted to work with the band, which ultimately led to them being signed by Road Runner records.

Joey Jordison and Slipknot then started recording their debut album which was released on June 29, 1999. This was it for Joey and the band, the album was a massive success. 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.

Aside from his playing in Slipknot, Joey Jordison also got back with some old band mates to form The Murderdolls who he played guitar with. They released Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls in 2002 and toured to support the album, but Joey’s time was taken up by Slipknot, so there hasn’t been a follow up yet.

Joey has also worked with acts including Marilyn Manson, OTEP, Metallica, Ministry and Korn. He continues to play, write, and produce music with Slipknot and a range of other projects.

For further information about Joey Jordison including videos, pictures, biography, discography, quotes, set-up and more, visit the Joey Jordison page at

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