Korn frontman Jonathan Davis was interviewed recently by Radio Metal, and discussed the band's reasons for making its latest album, The Path of Totality, as well as what it says about the band's future direction and more.
Says Davis, "For us as a band, it’s just all really about innovating and trying to do different things. When we did the Korn III record, that was also an experiment to see what it’d be like working with Ross [Robinson, producer] again. We’ve always experimented."
From a technical standpoint, The Path of Totality represented a major challenge, according to the vocalist; he recalls, "We had no clue about what we were doing. That was something that hadn’t been done before. It was a big huge learning curve. That’s why we had asked the producer to mix the album with our engineer and he taught Bud [engineer Jim “Bud” Monti] all kind of stuff and Bud taught him all kinds of stuff so we were exchanging information and getting together and making the thing work."
Regarding fans' response, he says, "There’s a lot of closed-minded metal purists that would hate something because it’s not true to metal or whatever, but Korn has never been a metal band, dude. We’re not a metal band. We’ve always been looked as as what they called the nu-metal thing. But we’ve always been the black sheep and we never fitted into that kind of thing so… We’re always ever evolving, and we always piss fans off and we’re gaining other fans and it is how it is. And I love them all, I even love the ones that hate on us, because if they take the time out to go and say that they hate us, it means that they care."
Still, he remains open to changing the band's sound again going forward, saying, "I think that since we did this record it wouldn’t be necessary to do another dubstep album, so it’s on to the next thing. Our records are always kind of different, so I think we’ll take what we’ve learned from this, and there might be subtle influences here and there, but I think overall the next Korn album will be different from the last one."
The Path of Totality is available now; click here to get it!