KOí¿N‘s Jonathan Davis was interviewed by Radio Metal about the band’s latest album ‘The Path Of Totality‘ and how the band began the process of fusing Metal with Dubstep. See below for some extracts:
Radio Metal: You stated in Kerrang magazine that you were tired of hearing people calling you “the godfathers of nu-metal” and that you didn’t want to join the nostalgia circuit. But as a matter of fact, Remember Who You Are was an old school, kind of back to the roots album from Korn. Does this mean in a way that this album was made out of pressure from people who were expecting that from you rather than a real creative desire?
Jonathan Davis: For us as a band, it’s just all really about innovating and trying to do different things. When we did the Korn III record, that was also an experiment to see what it’d be like working with Ross [Robinson, producer] again. We’ve always experimented. We’ve been a band for 18 years and we had a lot of fun doing this record. It was so different and we had so much fun doing it.
Radio Metal: Your new album The Path Of Totality came out only a year after Remember Who You Are, as if there was a creative urge that the later didn’t completely satisfy. Is this what happened?
Jonathan Davis: Why did we put the album out so quickly? Well, we just did. This is what happened. We feel it, we just start writing songs, I write constantly, still. The whole year of touring I was writing. And doing everything is just cool, I mean we decided to make music and put it out there. We’re not one of those bands that goes five years between records.
Radio Metal: How do you make such two different musical worlds, metal and dubstep, work together? I guess a metal band such as Korn has a very different way of working compared to dubstep artists such as Skrillex?
Jonathan Davis: No there are a lot of similarities there, there really is. Dubstep music is really heavy. Some of those sounds were just so heavy that we thought it would work so we wanted to experiment. We didn’t know if we were going to make an album or what we were going to do but when we got with Skrillex we did a few soungs and once we got there, “fuck the EP let’s do a whole album, I guess we’ll work with all these different amazing producers”.
KOí¿N are touring the UK in March and you can find the dates and tickets below:
25 March – O2 Academy Brixton, London
26 March – O2 Academy Birmingham
28 March – Academy Manchester
29 March – O2 Academy Glasgow
31 March – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
01 April – Mandela Hall, Belfast
03 April – O2 Academy Bristol
Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/xRQjAn