Exclusive: Korn, Hollywood Undead, and Asking Alexandria talk "Family Values"
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:43:41
There's quite a history that goes along with the Family Values name. The first installment of the legendary jaunt merged musical styles for an experience unlike anything else at the time. The 1998 run's bill featured tour founders Korn, Rammstein, Ice Cube, Limp Bizkit, and Orgy, making for a hell of an evening for all who attended. Subsequent tours included everybody from Stone Temple Pilots and Primus to Deftones and Stone Sour. Simply put, Family Values always elevated the touring game.
Fast forward to 2013, it's been six years since Family Values last took flight in 2007. However, it's returned as a one-day festival that's bigger and better than ever. Descending upon the 1st Bank Center in Denver, CO on Saturday October 5, the fest boasts a formidable bill including Korn, Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, MGK, and Beware of Darkness. Get tickets here!
It's happening on the eve of the release of Korn's highly anticipated The Paradigm Shift October 8, and it's bound to be equally unforgettable.
You have to pre-order the album now on on iTunes and Amazon. The album is available everywhere in just a few weeks on October 8.
ARTISTdirect.com rounded up Jonathan Davis of Korn, J-Dog of Hollywood Undead, and Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria for a very special Q&A about it.
See what these gentlemen had to say below!
How did the Family Values festival come together?
Jonathan Davis: Well, we decided to bring it back. Head came back to the band, and it seemed like the right time. We always wanted to do it as more of a one-day festival than the old school runs we used to do. It would be a lot easier as one day. We got that shit hooked up. We've had a lot of fun touring and playing with Hollywood Undead so we had them come on with us. We're getting ready to do some dates with Asking Alexandria, so we thought they would be perfect. It's been a while. The last Family Values was in 2007. It's going to be fun. We're really excited about doing it.
Ben Bruce: I think it's pretty badass that it's been brought back along. When we got offered the tour with you guys, I remember thinking, "Now that Head's back in the band, wouldn't it be crazy if they did Family Values again?" I remember buying the Family Values DVD when I was a kid with Orgy and Limp Bizkit on it. Lo and behold it happened.
Jonathan Davis: It happened brother! That tour in '98 was amazing. We wanted to bring it back, start doing it again, and do it every year. It was a fun time. Those shows were so much fun. Everybody had a blast. It was just crazy.
Ben Bruce: We're really looking forward to it.
Jonathan Davis: It's going to be great!
Ben Bruce: Except for that Hollywood Undead band…
J-Dog: [Laughs] Yeah, those guys fucking suck…We're really excited because that was one of those tours and shows we'd always see and think, "Fuck man, they've got the coolest lineups!" It seems like a giant party. It's such a fun show. I never thought we'd ever be able to play it so I'm pretty excited about it. All of us are.
Jonathan Davis: That's so cool. We've got to keep it a party though. The whole thing about it was it was all of these bands who all they did was have a good time, party, and play shows. It was really that simple. We called it "Family Values" to fuck with politicians and shit, but if you were on it, you became part of the family. That's how it ended up. We all kept in touch, and it was all good.
Ben Bruce: Right on, I'm really looking forward to it.
Jonathan Davis: Me too.
Ben and J-Dog, did you ever attend the tour back in the day?
J-Dog: I never did because I never had a car growing up. Getting to shows was very hard. The House of Blues was as far as I had ever been [Laughs].
Ben Bruce: Living in England, I never got to go. I had the DVD when I was a kid, like I said. I watched that many, many times—partially for the tits [Laughs]. It was a free tit show throughout the course of the DVD. It always seemed like a good time to me. At that point in my life, I never thought I'd get to play on something like that.
Jonathan Davis: That's so cool!
J-Dog recently told me how much he loved The Path of Totality, and Ben's favorite Korn record is Untouchables. Those are special records to Jonathan. Why does the albums mean so much to all of you?
Ben Bruce: I don't really know why Untouchables is my favorite. It was just so different when it came out. They just went down a different lane with the sound and everything. It was really exciting to me. It was about the age when I was getting into that kind of music as well as videos on MTV. That was the album that really popped out and kicked me in the ass when I was younger. That's probably still why it's my favorite.
J-Dog: It's like Ben just said. The Path of Totality was just a different. It seemed like the right timing for it. When you hear it, it's almost like you're not expecting it, and it's just cool. By the way, I love the new single "Never Never". I think it's fucking awesome.
Jonathan Davis: Thank you!
J-Dog: I've fucking watched it like thirty times on YouTube already.
Jonathan Davis: That video was a trip. Let me tell you both. That Untouchables album was a bitch to make. It was fucking Hell. We worked with Michael Beinhorn who's fucking notorious. I mean we make albums in like eight months at the longest, maybe. That shit took two-and-a-half years. No shit, we spent two months getting drum sounds—two fucking months. It was every day in that motherfucker before we even laid a track down. It was the first time we ever recorded at 96k. It was the craziest experience ever. I remember when I finally went in to do vocals I spent two days checking vocal mics. They had every vocal mic ever made. They set them up in a big long line. I wish I could find a picture somewhere and show you guys, but there was a big long line, and I had to talk into each one. There were like 50 mics!
Ben Bruce: You're like, "I just want to record some fucking vocals!"
Jonathan Davis: Yeah dude! I come in and I'm ready to do vocals on the thing, and Beinhorn would say, "Go home, your voice ain't right". Like what the fuck. I threw headphones at this motherfucker. I did all of this shit. It was Hell. At the end of it, I can't take pride because I don't think a record like that will ever be made again of that expanse.
Ben Bruce: Right!
Jonathan Davis: That shit was retarded, but it was worth it. That's still one of my favorite records with The Path of Totality. With this new record we did, The Paradigm Shift, I wanted to mix Untouchables and Path together. I think we did it well.
J-Dog: How was it working with Don Gilmore?
Jonathan Davis: I love Don.
J-Dog: He's awesome.
Jonathan Davis: He's fucking awesome. Working with him, at first, he comes in hard. I laughed and called him, "The white Tiger Woods" [Laughs].
Jonathan Davis: When we were doing vocals, I'd sick my two little boys on him. That motherfucker doesn't have any kids. He has no clue! By the time I was doing vocals, he loosened up, and he was screaming and dancing around the studio. He showed my kids how to play golf and use Pro Tools and shit. If you break the wall down, it was fucking awesome. It was such an amazing experience. He's one of the best producers I've ever worked with.
J-Dog: He's a hard worker. He'll sit there for like twelve hours straight. Is he still just as bald?
Jonathan Davis: [Laughs] Yeah! He's still riding around in his BMW with his pastel colors on and his golf bag in the back. It's fucking funny. He's badass though.
J-Dog: That's great.
Ben Bruce: I can't wait to hear the album.
J-Dog: Judging by the first single, it's going to be really good.
Jonathan Davis: That song is nothing like any of the other songs on the record. Every song on the album is different. It's an interesting record.
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