526 - Jay Weinberg
Jay Weinberg has toured the world and been knee deep in live music for as long as he can remember. From Against Me! to sold out stadiums with The Boss to Slipknot, Jay has kept his passion for percussion at the forefront of his life. These hard days and longer nights taught him everything he knows about artistic expression, finding your place in the world, and doing it as best as you can. On AID 526 we get a look behind the mask at an accomplished young man who went from a teenager filling his fathers shoes to inspiring the next generation of creatives by breaking down the barriers between artist and audience. There is a fire and determination in Jay Weinberg to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to and that energy is dangerously contagious across this entire interview. Just remember, everything is Spinal Tap.
Watching your dad transform into the drummer of the E Street Band and hanging with uncle Bruce.
Seeking your own influences and drawing parallels while learning to see things from an outside perspective.
Connecting with the universe through the arts.
How much pressure can you handle as a goalie and as a drummer?
Breaking down barriers to see musicians as people.
Math, emotion, and doing the job at a "Do Or Die" level.
Going beyond the music and getting into your mask.
A muscle memory audition for Slipknot.
When the curtain rises for the very first time.
How the body shuts down in a live environment and the horrible comedown afterwords.
What's in Jay's ear to stay tight?
Unique thumbprints and chasing the perfect feeling.
Running with your own thing makes you bulletproof to the ups and downs of the industry.
Getting kicked into the deep end in front of thousands of die hard fans.
Is age an issue on and off stage?
Feedback from Max and translating drumming across generations.
Avoiding Madball and your first van tour.
Non stop shows with Against Me! and getting kicked out of Madison Square Garden.
Supporting your support system and watching Tom become Laura.
Relation, Empathy, and being a human in the face of diversity.
German Highway WiFi, taking exams on a Blackberry, and calling in to drop out.
Leaps of faith and following the rabbit hole while looking for a job job.
Giving back to the legacy that helped shape your life.
Everything is Spinal Tap.
Marrying the loves of your life on a circular canvas and an odd surface.
Literally watching paint dry for an event .
Obtaining your dreams and realizing your potential in VFW Halls.
Getting down to the bare necessities for Slipknot.
Keeping cool on the road.