Exclusive: What Korn Means to Munky, Head, Fieldy, and Ray
Fri, 10 May 2013 11:05:39
"We haven't talked like this in years," Fieldy smiled at one point during our exclusive first interview with Korn about the new album.
Fieldy, Munky, Head, and Ray Luzier all gathered together at the band's rehearsal space for this incredible first talk with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino about the new record, which Head dubs, "their best ever", the reunion, impending tour and so much more.
There was a moment that really struck everybody, and it happens to be one of our favorites. We wanted to highlight that here. You can read the rest of this magnificent interview here though.
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Photo: Daniel Quinones
What does Korn mean to you in 2013?
Head: That's a deep question.
Munky: It is.
Head: To me, Korn symbolizes the path of life. We came out. Jonathan dealt with child abuse. We dealt with rage. We dealt with all of this crap. We got through that. We're still going through life's ups and downs, but we got to a place of maturity where we're trying to be better people, but we're still twisted and messed up in some ways. It's a full circle of that life experience put into music. I swear. That's it. I feel good about this album. I don't want to say it's more positive, but it has some quality. We're trying to be better people, and you can feel it. Even if he's singing about something negative and crazy, there's this thing…
Fieldy: It's like country music. They trick you. He's singing something negative, but it doesn't sound it [Laughs]. I'm just kidding.
Head: If you think of the Korn records, all of our emotions were poured into the music. What we dealt with every year was filtered through each album. Now, everything good that's happening is in this album. To me, that's what it means. We're pouring out our lives together in unison all on this long two-decade journey.
Fieldy: Korn is an outlet. I grew up riding dirt bikes. When I get up on stage, it's like a dirt bike to me. You get this adrenaline through you like you're riding a dirt bike and jumping. I don't ride dirt bikes anymore because I hurt my arm and I got scared [Laughs].
Head: That's because you ran over Jonathan. It's karma!
Fieldy: When we get together on stage, even if we're just standing there, you can feel it coming through us. It's like I'm going to ride. Instead of loading up a bunch of dirt bikes, I load up here and go ride.
Ray: Korn is bigger than all of us. I've been in a hundred bands in L.A. It's cool because you're in a band where the name is so powerful. When we get together, there's this thing. It's untouchable. None of us can do that individually. It takes a force. It's bigger than all of us. I'm still a fan from way back. Being a part of this legacy is huge for me. It's all about music. To be able to do this for a living and be brothers is everything.
Munky: I love the adrenaline. With where we are now, it's like the light at the end of the tunnel.
Head: Yeah! I like that.
Munky: It's simple. We get to have our day in the sun because we've been in the shadows for so long in so many dark places.
Head: It was huge when Follow the Leader came out, but we were in a dark place. Record sales don't even matter. We're talking about life. You're getting paychecks, crazy houses, and cars, but there's a cloud over you because of life. I love how James put it. It's the light at the end of the tunnel.
You can finally enjoy it.
Munky: I totally enjoy it.
Head: I'm excited. This is it! I used to dread going on tour and playing the sets. I was miserable. I hated it towards the end. I did it every year for so long. To actually love everything, I'm so thankful.
Photo: Daniel Quinones—Rick Florino
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