KOí¿N‘s Ray Luzier is obsessed with being the perfect dad. With finding the perfect gourmet dessert. With creating the perfect mix in his home studio. And he’s Obsessed with his 21″ SABIAN AA Rock Ride. Why? Because in Ray’s words, “I don’t hit light – but I can crash on it and it cuts and slices music in half. It’s perfect!”. Check out the video of Ray talking about his cymbals on Sabian’s website by clicking here.
Jonathan Davis was recently interviewed by LessThan3 and they spoke about dubstep (of course), DJing, producing, the last song he wold listen to if the world were to end and much more. See below for some extracts:
LessThan3: How did the idea of Korn doing a dubstep-influenced album first come into play? Was it one person in the band presenting the idea?
Jonathan: I’ve been DJing steadily for three years; I used to DJ when I was 16, so I’ve been a long time electronic fan. I was DJing electro house back in the day, but I started listening to dubstep about a year and a half ago. The first dubstep artist I heard was Excision, who is hands-down the guy who invented heavy dubstep, and I was blown away by it. Not too long after that, Skrillex dropped his EP and I loved all the mixture of genres. That’s when I brought two songs—one from Sonny and one from Excision—to the band and said “Hey guys, want to try to do an experiment? Let’s see if you can envision this sound being incorporated with Korn.” I played the music, their jaws dropped, and the rest is history.
LessThan3: Do you think you guys are the first of many rock bands to cross over or to incorporate dubstep or other electronic influences?
Jonathan: I don’t know if I’d say we were the first. I think bands have tried but no one has ever done it right. The only bands that have ever done rock and electronic right are The Prodigy and maybe Pendulum, but they’re a bit more drum’n’bass. We wanted to do something that was completely different, and I think that our version of heavy bass music came out that way.
LessThan3: Was there something about your sound specifically that you think made it easy to transition to dubstep?
Jonathan: We were going through our catalog and realized we were doing dubstep before we knew what dubstep was. We tuned it down as far as we could go—it was always about the bass. We were playing seven-string guitars, we were doing 140 bpm half-tempo songs; we even did wobble bass on one song in 1999. When we did arenas, we used to take 120 subs to make people feel it and have it be bass-intensive. It was our version of dubstep, and that’s why it worked so well. That’s what we’ve been doing our whole career.
LessThan3: Switching topics—today’s label landscape is way different from when you first started. What do you think about the overall landscape for hot up-and-coming producers? What advice do you have for young producers?
Jonathan: Well we came from the old school with Epic. For our first record, they spent some money and took the time and really worked it. Most bands didn’t have a hit until their second or third record, and they took a chance with us—that’s just how it was back then. Now it seems that labels want bands that are disposable—they put out a hit and then they drop them and it’s on to the next one. In the dance world, it seems really cool that all these DJs have all these independent labels and there isn’t the pressure of getting on the radio and all that. There’s just a lot more freedom. I really like labels like Rottun and Dim Mak and mau5trap because it’s more about the music and less about trying to get a song on the radio. When I hang out with all these DJs, it’s amazing. They can go walk around the crowd and stuff, but when I’m with them we get mobbed. It’s just two totally different worlds—it’s crazy.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Jonathan: I would listen to a song I wrote that was on my solo album that I haven’t put out yet—part of JDFSA. It’s kind of Peter Gabriel/David Bowie-esque; it’s all strings and some guitar and tablas. It’s a song about the end of the world called Final Days.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Jonathan: Intense, Emotional, Bass Music.