Jay Weinberg was born on September 8, 1990, in New Jersey. He spent his formative years exploring the local creative scenes of New York City and Asbury Park. Eventually, he began playing music and creating art at age 14.
In 2008, Jay moved to Hoboken, NJ to attend Stevens Institute of Technology, and to further immerse himself within New York’s creative community. While pursuing his education, he toured internationally, playing drums with Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band, Against Me!, Kvelertak, Madball, and more. In 2012, he began his formal art education, studying with oil painter Michelle Doll.
Jay graduated from Stevens in 2013, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business & Technology with Honors, as well as the school’s award for “Most Innovative Senior Design Project.” In December 2013, he began playing with Des Moines, Iowa-based heavy metal band Slipknot, performing on the band’s fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter” (Roadrunner), which debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, as well as in Japan, Australia, Canada, Russia, and Switzerland. It has been certified Gold in the US, Australia, Austria, Germany, and the U.K., and Platinum in Russia. The album received nominations in the 57th and 58th Grammy Awards (“The Negative One” and “Custer,” Best Metal Performance; Best Rock Album). Weinberg also performed on Slipknot’s “Day of the Gusano” (Eagle Rock); a live album / theatrical documentary of the band’s first-ever performance in Mexico. He performed on Slipknot’s single “All Out Life,” in addition to the band’s sixth studio album, “We Are Not Your Kind” (Roadrunner), which debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Finland, and Ireland. Advertisement
Since 2014, Jay has spent his time touring with Slipknot throughout North, South, and Central America, Europe, U.K., Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, as well as performing and releasing music with Hesitation Wounds: a Los Angeles-based hardcore band co-founded by Weinberg, Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré), Neeraj Kane (Hope Conspiracy, Suicide File), and Stephen LaCour (ex-Trap Them). The band released a four-song EP “Hesitation Wounds” (Secret Voice) in 2013, and its debut full-length “Awake For Everything” (6131) in 2016.
Since relocating to Nashville, Tennessee in 2015, Jay has continued to paint, focusing primarily on oil paintings. He has also collaborated with SJC Custom Drums, creating one-of-a-kind mixed media paintings on drum shells.
In 2018, Jay Weinberg began working with Best Buddies Tennessee, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Advertisement
Since 2020, Jay has collaborated with SJC Custom Drums and Vater Drumsticks in releasing his first signature products: the Vater “908” Drumstick, his Signature SJC 48ply Snare Drum, the “First Blood” SJC practice pad, and “The Crucible” SJC Snare Drum.
Weinberg was voted “Drummer of the Year” in the 2014 Loudwire Music Awards, one of the “Top Three Drummers Who Made a Difference in 2015” in DRUM! Magazine, “Best Metal Drummer” in the 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 MusicRadar / Rhythm “Best In Drums” Polls, “Best Metal Drummer” and “#1 Rock Drummer” in the 2017 and 2020 Modern Drummer Readers Polls, as well as “Metal Drummer of the Year” in the 2021 Drumeo Awards.
Currently, Jay is on tour with Slipknot in support of their newest single, “The Chapeltown Rag,” and their forthcoming new full-length studio album (Roadrunner).
Jay will also be hosting his debut solo art exhibition A Hollow Realm on July 7, 2022 at Rampart Studios Gallery (2520 Sunset Blvd.) in Los Angeles, CA — displaying a collection of oil paintings for the first time since he began this body of work in 2014. Advertisement