Jordison writes some of the lyrics and music for the band's songs, including the song Scissors.
He came up with the term "Maggot" to describe Slipknot fans, comparing the crowd to a mass of maggots that feed off their
music while the band look down on them from the stage as they play. Jordison's Slipknot mask is a white Japanese kabuki mask showing no expression, painted with black detail. His long black hair accents detail work on the
mask. Jordison is a former member of Avanga and Modifidious (who he played with Craig Jones from Slipknot), both of which he left for Slipknot. He was also in Anal Blast, a side project of Modifidious. In addition to drumming for Slipknot, Jordison plays guitar for the Murderdolls with Wednesday 13 as a side project. He has also played drums for Satyricon.
Jordison played drums for Metallica at the 2004 Download Festival at Donnington due to Lars Ulrich's injury. He is good friends with Marilyn Manson and was involved with remixing Manson's Fight Song. Jordison also appeared in Manson's video for the song Tainted Love.
In addition to creating the tribal "S" logo that some of the band members have as a tattoo, Jordison
is known for his extremely fast double bass style of drumming and a solo that he performs live whilst strapped into a rotating drum kit. He confesses
that this is influenced by Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. Jordison also designed the Slipknot logo, and it has been suggested that he used the large "K" and "T"
as he was a huge KoЯn fan at the time.
Jordison currently plays a Pearl MMX Masters double bass drumkit in Diamond Burst with black hardware, comprising:
- 22 x 18 bass drum (2)
- 8 x 7 tom
- 10 x 8 tom
- 12 x 9 tom
- 14 x 12 tom
- 16 x 16 floor tom
- 14 x 6.5 Ultracast Snare Drum
- 14 x 12 Pearl Championship Series FFX Marching Snare
Jordison also uses Paiste cymbals, comprising:
- 16" RUDE Crash/Ride
- 14" RUDE Hi-Hat
- 18" RUDE China
- 17" RUDE Crash/Ride
- 8" Signature Splash
- 6" Signature Splash
- 8" 2002 Cup Chime
- 18" RUDE Crash/Ride
- 13" Signature Power Hi-Hat
- 20" Dimensions Power Bell Ride
- 14" Signature Thin China
- 13" Signature Mega Cup Chime
More recently, Jordison played a big part in the 25-year anniversary of Roadrunner Records, the record label which both of his bands - Slipknot and Murderdolls - are signed onto. Jordison was one of the four "team captains", along with Dino Cazares, Robb Flynn and Matt Heafy. His role involved organising a "core band" of other musicians past and present on the Roadrunner label,
and choosing vocalists to sing on his songs. Jordison produced, wrote the music, and played drums on the songs Annihilation
By The Hands Of God, Tired 'N Lonely (also played bass guitar), No Way Out (also played bass guitar), Constitution Down and Enemy Of The State.
It is said that in the first meeting about which musicians on the Roadrunner label to approach for this project, Jordison's
was the first name to come up. On the DVD for The All-Star Sessions, Jordison can be seen working on the tracks at a studio
in Des Moines, Iowa, and is not wearing his famed Slipknot kabuki mask.
History behind his mask
There is meaning behind each Slipknot members' mask. They are a reflection of their personalities or
a past personal experience. Jordison's mask reflects a personal experience; when he was younger his mother would wear the
same white Japanese mask to scare him into doing things. He was terrified of the emotionless stare the mask drowned him in.