Korn’s Jonathan Davis On The Explosive Commercial Success Of Nü Metal: “No One’s Gonna Do It Like We Ever Did”


Korn‘s Jonathan Davis sat in for a recent episode of Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s ‘The Jasta Show‘ and among various other topics, shared some interesting views on the nü metal movement and Korn‘s forthcoming new album. Speaking of the latter, he described the new record as being more of a collaborative process this time around, offering:

“When they write and get together, they send me demos, and if I’m digging it and feeling it, when I’m gone doing [my solo shows], then I’ll pick the ones I like. They came out to Bakersfield and worked at our studio, and then I went to Nashville at Nick‘s [Raskulinecz, producer] studio and I got to actually sit and help write with them, and that was really, really fun.

It brings a different dynamic. For years — I don’t know how many years — the last three records, I wasn’t really that much involved; I couldn’t be, ’cause I was dealing with things at home. So I pretty much had to just do as much as I could, but I had to… you know, family first. So I have a little bit more freedom now to be able to do that, and I really enjoy writing with my brothers, and they’re really happy to have me back.

And I like it. I like when they write by themselves, ’cause they’ll come up with stuff… I’ll probably steer them in a different way, ’cause I want more mellow, but they like more heavy. So it’s a nice… I don’t know. It’s a nice relationship.”

When asked by Jasta if it would still be possible for heavier bands to ‘co-sign’ other bands, aka help break other bands to widespread commercial success, such as Korn did for Limp Bizkit and so on back in the day, Davis replied:

“No, not to the same caliber… I’ve always said that I think this last batch of Korn, Deftones, Bizkit—all those bands from that time was the last guard of that time; were the big, real rock bands. That time has come and gone. No one’s gonna do it like we ever did. [They’re] not ever gonna have that experience. It was larger than life. We were up against pop bands, dude.

I’m not trying to be arrogant or nothin’, but it was like us against them. It was us against the pop bands, the Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. And then we were so embraced by the hip hop community.”

[via Loudwire/Blabbermouth]