Korn’s Jonathan Davis Discusses Mayhem Festival, ‘The Paradigm Shift’ + More
Korn are riding a career upswing at the moment, due in part to the success of 'The Paradigm Shift' album. The news just keeps getting better for the band, as they're set to appear as co-headliners of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Loudwire Nights host Full Metal Jackie recently had a chance to chat with Korn frontman Jonathan Davis about the creation of 'The Paradigm Shift' album, his political activism and his thoughts on the upcoming Mayhem Festival trek. Check out her interview with Jonathan Davis below:
Loudwire Nights; it’s Full Metal Jackie. On the show with us this evening -- Mr. Jonathan Davis from Korn. How are you?
I’m good Jackie. How are you?
I’m great. Happy to have you on the show. Obviously, big news this week. You guys are gonna be part of Mayhem this summer. Tickets are on sale Friday, and obviously the latest Korn record, the 11th studio album, 'The Paradigm Shift,' came out back in October.
Jonathan, on a personal level, so much was happening to you and Korn while making 'The Paradigm Shift.' Is there a process to channel the ups and downs of life into music or is it 'hold on tight' and see what comes out of it?
There’s not really a process. Yeah, it’s just 'hold on tight' and see what happens. For reals. And see, you know, what I can get out of it. Not necessarily do I just know what the hell I’m going to write about, it just comes out. And then when I get done I’ll read it and I’ll figure out after that.
You guys didn’t sit down prior to coming into this and come up with the direction? It just sort of happened?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We don’t ever come up with an idea, you know, we get it, and bring it together, start writing and whatever comes out comes out. And we’ll go from there.
Jonathan, bands mature, both as musicians and as people, and Korn's obviously no exception. What about you and your band is constant and never seems to change?
Our goofy asses. [Laughs] We’re a bunch of kids. We’ve never grown up and that never changes. It really, I’m trying to think, anything else, no. It’s just, the guys are a bunch of kids. We’ve never grown up. We’re always playing pranks on each other and doing all kinds of stuff, so I think that’s what it is.
When did you start becoming politically aware? And did you initially realize that awareness could and would affect your music?
I mean, I became aware politically -- I mean, when I was a little kid my grandparents were die-hard, hardcore conservative Republicans [Laughs]. And they had like... I remember as a kid, they had a picture of Ronald Reagan hanging on the wall. They were that into that stuff. But, I didn’t really get into it until I started seeing some of our freedoms taken away. And, you know now, I’m just trying to make people aware of it.
Korn are obviously part of the Mayhem Festival this summer. Jonathan, tell us, what are your thoughts about the lineup this year?
Oh, I love it. It’s really heavy this year. So, I’m really excited to be playing with Cannibal Corpse, that’s one of my favorite bands. I get to see them, I get to see Body Count, which I’ve always wanted to see. It’s gonna be sick. It’s gonna be so much fun.
It's Loudwire Nights, Full Metal Jackie with Jonathan Davis from Korn. Again pick up the latest record 'The Paradigm Shift,' and see the band out on Mayhem this summer. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Jonathan I really appreciate you taking the time to be on this show.
Oh, thanks for having me Jackie.
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