Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg opened up about playing drums without taking lessons and revealing his education’s source, apparently, it was his father, also a drummer Max Weinberg and E Street Band were the ones to though him how to play drums.
As you may know, Max Weinberg is widely known for being the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band and as the bandleader for Conan O’Brien on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In addition to his musical career, Max Weinberg also is the father of Jay Weinberg.
During a recent interview with Vater Drumsticks, Jay Weinberg revealed that he never took a drum lesson in his whole life in order to explore what he genuinely loved about the drums. Without lessons, Weinberg learned by experiencing it, playing along with Ramones and Metallica records.
Here is what Weinberg said:
“I never took a drum lesson in my life. I wanted to find out what I really loved about the drums for myself ’cause I had some guitar teachers that made it feel like I was going to school, and I didn’t wanna go to school after school.
So I really wanted to find out what I loved about drums just by doing it. I wanted to play along to my Ramones records and my Metallica records But what I really learned, and what I feel was completely invaluable, was everything else about music…”
Weinberg also opened up about learning the true nature of music and drums through his father Max Weinberg’s works. Apparently, Jay Weinberg was mesmerized by E Street Band’s dedication to their vision and tried to apply their state of mind to his work with Slipknot as well.
Here is what Jay said:
“The real learning was seeing, to me, the baddest band in the land, the real tenacious E Street Band, watching them do what they did for four hours a night. To this day, you don’t see bands doing that – they’re in a league of their own. So to have that education of seeing that happen every night – it’s, like, there’s no partying here.
It takes so much focus to deliver on your vision and what Bruce and the E Street Band have done for decades has been flawlessly executing a certain vision. So that’s what I really took away from that experience, and then, of course, now applying that to Slipknot.“
“It’s a vision that I’ve come to understand – and was a fan when I was very young. I knew the band inside and out, knew the songs like the back of my hand, knew the vision of the band and the direction that the band was going.
It takes that application and tenacity of just, like, every day you wake up and you’ve gotta bash down the door. So that was the best lesson that I ever got from Max Weinberg University.“
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