Sidney George Wilson (born January 20, 1977)[2] is an American musician. He is the turntablist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, in which he is designated #0.

Sid Wilson
Wilson in 2011
Wilson in 2011
Background information
Birth nameSidney George Wilson[1]
Also known as
  • #0
  • DJ Starscream
Born (1977-01-20) January 20, 1977 (age 47)[2]
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
  • DJ
  • keyboardist
  • Turntables
  • keyboard
  • synthesizer
  • sampler
Years active1992–present

Biography edit

Sid Wilson was born in Des Moines, Iowa.[3] His parents are both from England.

He performs in the American band Slipknot, and also tours as DJ Starscream, a name which is derived from the Transformers character of the same name. He is a fan of the Transformers franchise, and has Transformer tattoos. Musically within Slipknot, Wilson contributes scratching, sound effects, horrorlike noises as well as background noises/effects. When numbers were being assigned to each band member, he insisted on being the number zero since it epitomized filth.[4] He is also known to stage dive in Slipknot's early years, and in 2008, he broke both his heels when he jumped ten feet from the stage. [citation needed]

Wilson with Slipknot in 2005

Outside Slipknot, Wilson has made a following in Japan as a jungle musician, under the pseudonym DJ Starscream, and is currently signed to the Japanese record label N2O Records.[5] He collaborated with The Mad Capsule Markets vocalist Hiroshi Kyono on a song called "HAKAI (Destroy)" released on The Songs for Death Note the movie~the Last name Tribute~, a tribute album dedicated to the live action movie for the second Death Note film.[6] A remix of the track also appeared on the Wagdug Futuristic Unity mini-album Nu Riot and 2008 album Hakai.[7]

In August 2010, he toured with his solo band Sid of which he is the lead vocalist.[8] The band's debut album Sid was released on September 13, 2011, via digital download. In 2013 he was a support act for Vamps at their shows in Los Angeles and New York.[9]

Mask edit

During his time with Slipknot, Wilson's mask has been, for the most part, based on gas masks. During the tour for Iowa, he wore gas masks that had been customized to resemble skulls. During the Subliminal Verses World Tour, Wilson grew his hair long and began to wear various masks that simply resembled skulls, shying away from the gas-mask concept. In promotional photos for All Hope is Gone and the tour for the album, Wilson changed his mask once again, this time, to resemble a robot, dedicated also for his love of the Transformers franchise. Later, he once again cut his hair short, this time into a Fauxhawk style, and dyed it red. The eyebrows of the mask are able to be animatronically controlled, allowing him to make various expressions.

After the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010, and during the subsequent Memorial World Tour, Wilson, in keeping with the rest of the band, reverted to his old mask and red jump suit, worn during the self-titled album tour, as a tribute to Gray.

In 2013, Wilson announced a new mask which he debuted over the weekend at Ozzfest Japan in Tokyo. The mask was made by Ukrainian design studio Bob Basset.[10] This and the subsequent masks made by Basset are all made of leather and have a style reminiscent of his earlier gas masks. The music video for Slipknot's single "The Devil in I" from their 2014 album .5: The Gray Chapter, features a mask with circular eye holes similar to those from his Iowa era mask, however these are covered by metal grills that resemble spatulas. The mask also has a removable metal plate that can be placed over the mouth, in which he has a sharp golden grill. Wilson's mask was drastically changed once again for the release of Slipknot's sixth album We Are Not Your Kind, becoming an animatronic death mask of his own face, covered partly by a large black hood and robe. This mask drew significant attention, though mostly positive, for being a drastic leap from the designs of any previous Slipknot masks and for being reminiscent of Emperor Palpatine or a slasher villain.[11][12]

Personal life edit

Wilson met Kelly Osbourne at 1999's Ozzfest when she was only 15 years old and they quickly became very good friends. The two were confirmed to be in a romantic relationship not long after Wilson's 45th birthday in 2022. They had a son together in late 2022.[13][14][15]

Discography edit

Filmography edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Kelly Osbourne Gushes She's 'Deeply in Love' With Slipknot's Sid Wilson". Loudwire. January 19, 2022. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Is Slipknot's Sid Wilson Dating Kelly Osbourne?". Loudwire. January 19, 2022. Retrieved October 14, 2022.
  3. ^ "Sid Wilson: "I have this energy that's a combination of patience,…". Kerrang!. September 30, 2022. Retrieved July 29, 2023.
  4. ^ "If You've Ever Wondered What SLIPKNOT's Numbers Mean..." August 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "DJ Starscream Biography". N20 Records. June 22, 2006. Archived from the original on March 1, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
  6. ^ moviebuffwwc (December 17, 2006). "New Compilation "The songs for Death Note the movie ~the Last name Tribute~" (20/12 OUT)". JPop News. Archived from the original on March 1, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
  7. ^ "Nu Riot". JBook. Retrieved December 21, 2007.
  8. ^ "Sid Wilson Talks Bassist's Death, Preps Solo Album". August 31, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  9. ^ "VAMPS: Slipknot's Sid will support for American concerts". Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Bob Basset's Lair – Sid Wilson from Slipknot. Bob Basset Mask number 3". July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "We Break Down The New Slipknot Video For Unsainted". May 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "A Detailed Analysis of Slipknot's New Masks". May 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Avila, Daniela (May 12, 2022). "Kelly Osbourne and Sid Wilson's Relationship Timeline". People. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  14. ^ Moore, Sam (May 13, 2022). "Kelly Osbourne and Slipknot's Sid Wilson are expecting a child together". NME. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  15. ^ Corinne Heller (January 4, 2023). "Kelly Osbourne Asks For Privacy After Mom Sharon Confirms Her Baby's Birth". NBC 4 New York.

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