As Korn continue on their Jagermeister Ballroom Blitz Tour in preparation for this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and the release of their 9th studio album Korn III: Remember Who You Are, guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer reflects on how everthing fell into place for where they're at now with

How is the touring dynamic now that you’re on the road with your new drummer, Ray Luzier?
You know what? It’s so nice to have a drummer who has his heart in it. It’s like a fresh start, with the new record coming out. For a few years, it felt like we didn’t have our footing. There was no solid ground. Having Ray touring with us and recording the new record feels like we have a solid foundation to rebuild on.

What led to hooking up with Ross Robinson again for Remember Who You Are?
I’m friends with him and I hadn’t talked to him in a while, and I just started calling him. I gave him Jon’s phone number, and he and Jon started talking. Then Jon called me and was like, ‘What do you think about Ross producing our next record?’ Right away, I was like, ‘Fuck yeah!’ No hesitation. We needed it. We needed to refocus and have a fresh start with someone who knows what this band is about.

Do you feel like your old selves, now that you’ve recorded with Ross again?
We recorded it the same way we recorded the first two records. We didn’t use Pro-Tools, we did it with two-inch tape. It was just like, ‘Let’s roll the tape and play in a small, 10 x 10 room.’

Regarding the album’s title, Remember Who You Are, do you feel the band has had trouble remembering who they were throughout the many ups and downs you’ve encountered?
You can lose focus of why you wanted to start playing music in the beginning because you can get caught up in the money and the fame and the traveling. It’s kind of like, ‘OK, let’s hit the reset button.’

Jon originally wanted to make this a concept album, but that idea changed as recording progressed. How was the songwriting process different in comparison to your past few albums?
We were being reminded that this is why we play music, because it’s so much fun. It doesn’t feel like a job. It doesn’t feel like we have to pump out a record for some label. In the beginning, that’s what it was like. We’re playing this music because it’s from our hearts and our soul. In the past, it was big record budgets and big record deals being like,’Where’s the single?’ We lost focus for a little while. We were trying to find a single that pleased the radio. With this record, we just had to please ourselves.

Read the whole interview right here, and get a complete list of Korn's upcoming tour dates right here. Korn III: Remember Who You Are is out on July 13th.