Writes the site, "Set for a July 13 release, Korn III is the band's ninth studio album, not their third, but it represents a stylistic continuation of their first two albums with aggressive hooks and less emphasis on complicated arrangements & progressive sound evolution. After 17 years, the band teamed up with their first producer Ross Robinson once again to take the music back to the roots that made them superstars to begin with.
We called up Korn bassist Reggie Arvizu, better known as Fieldy, to learn the inside track on the making of and mentality behind Korn III, as well as his solo bass project and more."
CraveOnline: How's the Ballroom Blitz tour coming along?
Fieldy: We're in Kansas City right now. Blessed, man. Coming along great. We started out in Alaska, we'd never been there in our entire careers. So we did one show, and that sold out so we added a second night. That was pretty cool, then we went to Canada for two weeks, then all over South America, and now we've started this tour. So we're on the run.
CraveOnline: Are there any differences in the touring dynamic with Ray Luzier behind the kit now?
Fieldy: He's my favorite drummer, I've worked with him our whole career. He just fits that missing link, you know? We tried a bunch of drum auditions and went through trying and trying to make it happen, but you can't force something to work. He just got it, he clicked, and it worked.
CraveOnline: Hooking up with Ross Robinson again for Remember Who You Are seems to have brought you back to a closer variation on your original sound. Was that a conscious effort, or just the general flow of creative energy with Ross in the mix?
Fieldy: We kind of talked about wanting to go back to the roots and back to when we were a beginning back, and we tried every approach we could to do that. And in doing that, it got us focused and back on track to go oh, alright, this is the kind of music we originally wanted to make. This is what we want to deliver.
CraveOnline: What led to this need for renewal I keep hearing about, to get back to your roots? I've read things from some of the other guys saying people got distracted chasing the single or appeasing the label...
Fieldy: Yeah, I think you grow as musicians, we all have, and when you can essentially make any style of music you want, you can tend to make this great, huge and epic song. It may still be cool, but it's not really who we were when we started. We've just been evolving as musicians this whole time, and we have to actually step back to play simpler, easier, heavy grooves. We had to relearn how to be beginners again.
CraveOnline: Sen Dog from Cypress Hill mentioned something on how they could've made "Hits From The Bong" for the past twenty years and done well with it, but it would've starved them creatively. Do you feel as if what's going on now with the band that your sound is moving forward in evolution, or is there a sacrifice to be made in the full-circle return to the old sound?
Fieldy: You know, I think that when creating these songs we just made sure to maintain the integrity of Korn. We made sure that's what it was about, so the songs didn't stray off in some different direction. I still get my release... I just finished a bass album, and I've got maybe two songs left to finish out of thirteen, maybe fourteen tracks. From Latin jazz, funk fusion, every style you can think of. It's called Bassically.
I think you just need to stay active as an artist, and find your ways to be fulfilled. My side band is called Stillwell, and I play guitar in that. It's a different style, so when it comes to stepping into the studio with Korn, I can't really stray off and get into this or that. There's a focus that has to remain.