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Korn’s Jonathan Davis: “If It Was Up To Me, We’d Have Way More Electronics”


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It seems that Korn frontman Jonathan Davis was unsurprisingly the driving force between the electronic presence featured on Korn‘s latest release, “The Paradigm Shift“. The vocalist—who moonlights as his EDM alter ego J Devil—made the push for the band to continue to embrace electronic influences after championing their dubstep laced 2011 full-length, “The Path Of Totality“.

The topic was broached in the current October/November issue of Revolver with an excerpt from that available below:

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“In late spring, Davis was feeling better, and he was able to provide constructive criticism of the 25 songs his bandmates had demoed. He was excited about what he heard, but he also wanted to continue some of the electronic direction of The Path Of Totality. When he expressed this to Head, it became clear that the two were not on the same page.

“I was like, ‘Wait! I didn’t come back to do an electronic album!'” the guitarist says.

Head kept saying, ‘I wanna do a metal record! I wanna do a metal record!'” Davis remembers. “I was like, ‘Bro, you’ve been gone eight years. We already made those records.’ With our last album, which was filled with dubstep and EDM beats we thought, man, this is so different and new. Let’s keep going with this.”

The article goes on to reveal that Davis‘ first writing contribution to the album was the lead single “Never Never” and that ultimately he and Welch compromised on the electronic aspects of the record:

“If it was up to me, we’d have way more electronics, but we compromised, and I’m so glad we did,” Davis says. “Pushing and pulling against each other helped us make our best album ever.”

Welch agrees. “The electronic parts are sprinkled in the sings in a really good way,” he says. “I mean, 95 percent of the album sounds like old Korn. It’s just mixed with some newer sounds.”

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