Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg Recalls The Mistake Almost Ended His Career
If you are making music, your ear becomes your most important companion. But if you’re into metal music, one of the loudest genres, and you’re a little too passionate about it, sometimes the music can get too loud and impact your life irreversibly. Yes, we are talking about hearing loss. According to what he said in his recent conversation with Louder Sound, Jay Weinberg seems to have become very cautious about this issue after an incident he experienced.
“I got a very quick lesson in how important hearing loss prevention and hearing protection really is,” said the drummer, emphasizing the two most important things all musicians should pay attention to. “When I was 14, I got into a jam room with two buddies from school who started to teach themselves how to play guitar. And we’re in a room, and we’re jamming, but I can’t quite hear them because their amps are turned away from me.”
He continued, “So I have a bright idea and tell them, ‘Well, I can’t really hear your guitars. Why don’t you turn it all the way up to 10 and turn both of your guitar amps towards me, and then I can hear your guitars?’ That was not the most astute decision. We had a great day jamming, but then the next morning, I had no high-end frequencies in my hearing. I thought I honestly lost my hearing altogether, and I was really frightened because I didn’t know how to deal with that.”
While Slipknot is currently playing fairly loud music, and many metalheads immerse themselves in drum beats and riffs by turning the volume all the way up, drummer Weinberg seems pretty cautious about hearing loss and maintaining ear health. Fortunately, what happened in his younger years did not turn into a career-ending event, and it taught the drummer to take good care of his best companion in his musical journey.
This journey of his began at the age of 14. Judging by the anecdote he shared, his relationship with the instrument and music was quite passionate from the very beginning. That passion was enough to make him Slipknot’s drummer at the age of 24. Weinberg joined the metal giant in 2014 and has been with the band ever since. Most recently, we can hear his beats on their 2022 album ‘The End, So Far.’