Craig Michael Jones (February 11, 1973), also known as 133 or by his number #5 , is an American musician known as the sampler of Slipknot
Jones was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He previously played guitar in various local extreme metal bands, including Modifidious, before joining Slipknot in February 1996. He was the replacement for the band's original guitarist, Donnie Steele,[1
] who left during the recording of their first songs, put together into a demo called Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. which the band themselves have stated is not an album, but a demo. Reportedly due to his Christian beliefs. Jones did not lend his guitar talents to the album, but he did receive credit for its sleeve concept and graphics in the liner notes. Before the year was over, Jones had been replaced by guitarist Mick Thomson, and he began to assume his role as the band's sampler and keyboardist.
Jones is the only member of the band who is not interviewed completely unmasked on Voliminal: Inside the Nine. While he does not wear a mask during the interview, his face remains obstructed by a constant blur. Also, he does not speak during the segment featured on the film, nor during the extended version of the footage featured on user-submitted content websites such as YouTube (originally from the Outside The Nine released DVD: Fan Club Propaganda Reel 1).
Birth name Craig Michael Jones
Also known as #5, 133, The Silent One
Born February 11, 1973 (1973-02-11) (age 35)
Des Moines, Iowa
Genre(s) Alternative metal, nu metal, Metalcore
Instrument(s) Sampler, MIDI controller, keyboard, guitar
Years active 1995–present
Label(s) Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Slipknot, Modifidious
His background is unquestionably the most elusive of any other member of Slipknot, so much that he has been known to keep silence throughout even a series of questions. This is not to say he has never spoken outside the confines of the band, however. In fact, Jones has engaged an interview with Cakewalk regarding their equipment, which he prefers when performing samples. He begins most interviews with the zipper covering his mouth opened, and closes the zipper before making any reply to the questions asked. Jones prompted a burst of complaint letters when, another time he broke his silence during an interview, he was quoted as having made the sole statement that, "If I wasn't in this band I'd probably be out killing people." He has answered this question also, "If I wasn't in the band today I'd be driving forklifts in a warehouse all day."
Former Slipknot vocalist Anders Colsefini has implied that Jones is a misanthrope. While expressing distaste for Jones' behavior, Colsefini revealed that Jones was in fact the inspiration for the song "Killers Are Quiet". However a close friend of the band at the time, Frank Plumley, is credited for the song's fitting title. Colsefini provided further insight into Jones' personality when he claimed that, "Computers are Craig's best friend." According to producer Ross Robinson, Jones was disturbingly quiet during their studio sessions
However, contrary to popular belief, Jones has been known to be very open and, somewhat talkative with fans after Slipknot's performances. This may suggest that his dangerously taciturn behavior is an affectation or exaggeration for the sake of publicity and intrigue. Some have commented that the "serial killer" comments he has made may be his attempt at dark humor.
In addition to Jones' preference to speak during interviews exclusively with the zipper covering his mouth closed. However he has done two online text interviews after the release of the Self-Titled Album, and readers of the interview have noticed that online he is a lot less hostile than he lets on.
On Nine: The Making of All Hope Is Gone, the DVD that comes with the special edition of All Hope Is Gone, Craig is the only member of the band to have his face blurred while everyone else appears with their face clear and uncensored
During Slipknot's 2002 - 2003 and 2005-2007 hiatus' Craig often spent time traveling.
Jones is a smoker, he can be seen smoking cigarettes during his Voliminal interview
Jones originally wore pantyhose over his head, accompanied with a Spam t-shirt. Other times, he would wear a mask of wolf skin.[1
] When Jones became sampler after being replaced by Thomson as guitarist, he then began using a white helmet adorned by a Sinclair Oil sticker, probably obtained from Jordison who was formerly an employee at a local Sinclair gas station. This helmet was later painted black and decorated with nails, a gas mask was also placed over it; a camera's flash was also added to the top of the helmet, but this was removed shortly after. It was said to represent pain. His most recent variation of the mask has a collection of eight to nine inch nails rising from its head. It has two small slits for eyeholes, two even smaller circular nose holes and a large silver zipper in between its lips, similar to a gimp mask. This contrasts heavily to the mask he used during Slipknot's self-titled era, which he constructed from a black racing helmet with rusty nails hammered through the top. His mask is usually chosen as a Halloween costume among teenagers these days
2004: Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
2005: 9.0 Live
2008: All Hope Is Gone
1999: Welcome to Our Neighborhood
2006: Voliminal: Inside the Nine
2008: Nine: The Making of "All Hope Is Gone"
AKAI MPC2000XL sampler
Clavia Nord Lead Synth or a Yamaha Cs6x for 74126000027
Yamaha PSR 720
Roland SP-808 "groove sampler"
Roland SP-808EX "e-mix station"
Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) era
Hardware and software samplers
Korg MicroKontrol Midi keyboard/pad controller
All Hope Is Gone era
Korg Kontrol 49 Midi keyboard/pad controller
Nicknamed "133 MHz" - Craig gave himself the name 133 MHz because that was the top MHz of computers at the time. Unfortunately, things have progressed a lot since then. There have also been other rumours for the reason why he chose this name, for example 3+3-1 = 5 his number, these are sadly untrue, to my knowledge.
So you're wondering how the sound in the very beginning of the CD is made. Well, that's made by Craig, the sampler. He puts some crazy twists on the CD by adding sounds from movies such as "Carlito's Way" (sic) into the music. He is also, supposedly the Webmaster of Slipknot1.com, this may have changed though. After Slipknot is done playing a set, Craig leaves and secludes himself, he is isolated and independent from Slipknot. Craig is married and he originally joined the band as a guitarist but was replaced by Mick so that he could work on the samples. He is a computer freak and when playing Quake 3 his screen name is ZZ 5 along with his own skin which looks just like him. To prevent his eyes being seen in photo shoots he covers them with leather, he also prefers not to take part in interviews, remaining anonymous.
James on Craig: "Don't worry, he even scares me. I kind of feel I'm doing a service to the community by knowing where Craig is from day to day."
Quote - "Sometimes, when we are working our way up to the stage, we'll shove our way through the crowd. When people see me coming, they mostly get out of the way. But sometimes they don't..."
Mask - He wears a "diver's" (actually a gas station helmet) with nails coming out of the top. Apparently his old mask's "diving helmet" used to be a cheap plastic Sinclair (gas station) racing helmet. His mask, initially when he joined Slipknot, was a pantyhose which was accompanied with a SPAM T-shirt to every gig, the mask changed with the change of instrument, to the black helmet. Eventually He painted it black, put nails through it, and put a gas mask on it, a camera flash was added to the top but this was later removed. This mask apparently represented pain.
Useless fact: Craig used to wear a wolf skin mask during the very early shows. An exact replica of this mask was used in the United Kingdom's, Channel 5 remake of the Shining. Just a little thing I noticed while watching it the other night (25 Jun 2001).
Other Stuff: "A long time ago, back when they were playing at Mary's, someone did get a little close to getting hurt. Someone came up from behind him and startled him. He can't hear a lot in that mask because it's pretty airtight. When they came up behind him, they were wanting his autograph and they tapped him on his shoulder. He wasn't expecting anyone to come up behind him and he whipped around a little and one of the nails on his mask got caught in a chick standing next to him's hair. It took Paul and Shawn just a few seconds to get them untangled. That's as close to anything that I know of as far as any incidents with Craig's masks."
"Very quiet, the epitome of Killers Are Quiet. I remember him going with me and some others to the 1988 And Justice for All - Metallica/The Cult concert. My car's radiator blew on the way home." Craig didn't record MFKR, although his pic is in the inside sleeve of the album. The samples were put together by Anders and producer Sean Mcmahon after MFKR was recorded. Not many people know this but Craig actually joined the band as a guitarist to take over Donnie Steele's Position. His sampling was integrated into the mfkr songs for example the song gently started off with a sample from the movie "Falling down" featuring the conversation between "d-fens" and the army surplus Nazi."
Yamaha PSR 720
AKAI MPC2000XL sampler
Clavia Nord Lead Synth or a Yamaha Crsx-7 for 74126000027
(originally joined Slipknot as a guitarist)
Played guitar in thrash metal bands before Slipknot.
Josh/Joey/Craig - Modifidious: In this band he played guitar as a replacement for Bruce who had left to join Atomic Opera. This is how he met Joey.
1995 - CURRENT: Slipknot
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