Shawn is the percussionist and founding member of the Grammy Award winning hard rock band, Slipknot. Crahan and Slipknot have had success paralleled by few in the hard rock genre, and this success has allowed Crahan to become even more prevalent in the music industry. Aside from Slipknot, Shawn has been a pivotal member in three other bands. In To My Surprise, who released one album (executively produced by Rick Rubin) on Roadrunner Records in 2004, Shawn produced, wrote, and played drums. Shawn also produced, wrote, and played drums in an alternative group, Dirty Little Rabbits. Most recently, Crahan can be heard from the drum kit in addition to writing, recording, and producing for the band The Black Dots of Death. Ever Since We Were Children, The Black Dots debut album hit stores in the spring of this year.


Outside his own music projects, Crahan has acted as producer and executive producer for bands such as Mudvayne, Gizmachi and Dirtfedd. He has also remixed songs for many artists including; Marylin Manson, Coheed and Cambria, and Suicide Silence.


Aside from music, Shawn is very passionate about his family, photography, and film. Crahan resides in Des Moines with his wife of 18 years, and 4 children. Recently Shawn has taken to directing Slipknot’s videos, including all four from their latest record. He had his first gallery show in Iowa in 2010, displaying paintings and other works of art. He has acted as a speaker, and panelist at seminars such as SXSW, and his first photo book of medium format Polaroids will be out in May 2012.


Music University: Shawn Crahan: On Living Your Dreams, Slipknot and Life
Tuesday, November 15
Meredith Hall Room #101, Drake University
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About Music University
Music University is a free music business education series organized by the non-profit Greater Des Moines Music Coalition. It is designed to provide artists and industry professionals advice on making a living through music in Central Iowa. Local and regional experts lead discussions covering a wide variety of topics of interest to anyone trying to move ahead in the music industry. Past panels have included Getting Gigs and Touring, Self Promotion 101, Getting on the Radio, The ABC’s of Releasing a CD, Building a Fanbase, and Legal Issues.