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As a kid, Fieldy spent much of his adolescence "standing around in dirt fields, drinking beer, watching other kids fight." At some point, Fieldy and some friends decided their time would be better spent taking out their frustrations on musical instruments instead. And rock music would never be the same.
So Fieldy, James "Munky" Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian "Head" Wetch, and eventually, an assistant coroner with a troubled past named Jonathan Davis left Bakersfield for Los Angeles and collectively became known as Korn. It helped that they all had common influneces - the angry, urban stylings of hip-hip, the heavy, riff-driven angst of metal. But the sounds emanating from this band's Huntington Beach rehearsal space would soon set an entirely fresh musical precedent and set off a wave of imitators that eventually threatened to engulf the band itself.
After touring for nearly two years, Korn was signed by Immortal and released their now-classic eponymous 1994 debut. Korn opened with the prophetic, gravel-throated challenge "Are you ready?!" before kicking into the heaviest guitar sound yet heard in rock, thanks to the team of Shaffer and Welch, who tuned their already-low 7-string guitars even lower and played with no regard for the traditional harmonic consonance. The sound was metallica sludge, but tempered oddly by bassist Fieldy and drummer Silveria, who added a mix of porn-soundtrack funk and hip-hop rhythms tha was puzzlingly aggressive and chill. Next, nursery rhyme-like melodies were woven into the dark mix, helping make Korn the creepiest, heaviest debut since Black Sabbath. But Davis had no desire to sing about devils and witches; he was busy exorcising real-life demons. Songs such as "Faget" and "Shoots and Ladders" were discomfortingly personal confessions of shattered childhood, and by album's end Davis was literally in tears in the harrowing "Daddy."
And so they began to amass a following that would send their next album, 1996's brutal yet cheekily titled "Life is Peachy," into platinum sales. Years of touring followed again as the band fortified its fan-base to the degree that their next album, 1998's "Follow the Leader," would debut at No. 1 on the Billboard's Top 200, as would "Issues."
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The partnership between KORN and EMI Music is most accurately described as a $25 million investment by EMI in a new company that is "in the KORN business," according to one familiar with the negotiations. Thus, rather than shelling out an advance to the band, as would happen in the traditional artist-label relationship, EMI will function as a profit participant in the band's business for two LPs and their accompanying cycles. The arrangement is characterized by insiders as a series of separate deals from the various revenue streams that live within the context of the new KORN partnership.
The challenge facing the two parties, says one in the know, was to find a way to align the interests of the label with those of the artist, so that the decisions made would ultimately benefit both parties. The concept behind this arrangement, the same source clarifies, was to make the pie bigger for everyone, so that the artists and their partners both make money.
The chief negotiators of the deal were band attorney Gary Stiffelman, who is co-counsel to KORN, along with John Branca (both are with Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer) and EMI business affairs exec Ian Hanson. Significantly, it was initiated by EMI rulers Levy and Munns after they’d listened to the completed KORN album, the quality and potential of which compelled them to enter into this intricate, mathematically complex partnership with the band.
According to a report published in today's edition of the Los Angeles Times, KORN's newly announced deal with the EMI Group calls for EMI to pay the four-member band an estimated $15 million upfront — more than twice what the band might expect from a traditional recording contract. In return, EMI would get more than 25% of the band's publishing, merchandising and touring revenue as well as profit from the group's albums.
"This is the direction that the music business is going," David Munns, chief executive of EMI Recorded Music North America, told the Los Angeles Times. "The music and records we produce drive an artist's career. But our margins are under threat and our marketing costs are getting more expensive. We should share in the other revenue streams that are created."
Others are skeptical.
The KORN contract "might be one of those deals that revolutionizes the music industry," said Rick Sales, a manager at Sanctuary Artist Management. "Or, EMI might wake up one day and wonder why they just handed KORN 10 years' worth of profits."
Jeff Kwatinetz, co-founder of The Firm, who brokered KORN's deal with EMI, said his clients expected to see their overall revenue increase because the label would have an incentive to spend more on promoting the group internationally.
"KORN does fantastic touring in Europe, but when the band was signed to Sony, it was hard to get them to spend a lot promoting the band overseas, because they sell fewer albums there than in the U.S.," Kwatinetz said. "This deal increases the size of the pie for promotions and of the revenues everyone collects.
"Something has to be done to change the economics of this industry. This may or may not be the answer, but it's a good step forward."
In the case of KORN, the deal is surprising to some because the band's sales have declined.
Although KORN sold a combined 7 million units in the U.S. of two albums released in the late 1990s, the group's last two records haven't sold more than 1.5 million copies apiece, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And though KORN's 2002 tour grossed $16 million, the band's 2004 solo series took in only $3.3 million, according to concert trade publication Pollstar.
EMI executive Munns said he was optimistic about the band's future after listening to its new, unreleased album.
"KORN has made a really exciting and dynamic record," Munns said. "Their touring is surprisingly robust, and they do a lot of it. This band will be a hit for a long time."
Read more at LATimes.com.
KORN fan site KornUnleashed.net has uploaded a radio-broadcast (reduced) quality MP3 of KORN's new single, "Twisted Transistor", at this location. The song, which was ripped from a "Liquid Launch" broadcast on Xtreme Rock Radio, is the first single from the group's new album, which is due in stores on November 22 via Virgin Records. The "Twisted Transistor" single is scheduled to go for radio adds on October 3.
KORN's as-yet-untitled new effort was mixed by Terry Date, who has previously worked with such artists as DEFTONES, PANTERA and SOULFLY, among others. Matrix (AVRIL LAVIGNE, THE MOONEY SUZUKI) and Atticus Ross (BAD RELIGION, PINK) were responsible for the production duties on the follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror". Other songtitles expected to appear on the CD include "Liar", "Politix", "Last Legal Drug", "Le Petit Mort", "It's Me Again", "Coming Undone", "I've Seen It All" and "Souvenir of Sadness".
KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, has sold 967,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rolling Stone: Why did you leave KORN?
Brian "Head" Welch: "When we first started, KORN had power over all of our music and what we said — the songs are pretty outspoken. Then with the last record, it seemed like everybody shifted from being down with the fans to wanting to make money, and our managers started getting really involved. They were telling us what songs to play — and, I mean, they manage the BACKSTREET BOYS! They started talking about hiring writers for the new record. I don't know if they did. And I was going, 'Dude, this is stupid.' I was a part of a band that's known for not selling out, that's written every album with the most heartfelt lyrics — and now they're changing into a machine. We had a bunch of battles — three people got kicked out at one time or another — and my friends weren't even my friends anymore. So I left.
"At the same time, I was hooked on drugs so bad — everybody knows — and I just didn't care, the last couple of years. I was really into my depression. And I heard my daughter, at five years old, at home singing, 'All day I dream about sex' [from the KORN song 'A.D.I.D.A.S.'], and I was like, 'I don't want to do this anymore!' I wanted to be a better person.
"I found Jesus, and I'm totally healed from drug abuse and alcoholism. I was in my closet doing lines, and I had a bill rolled up, and I stopped and looked at myself. And I said, 'Jesus, if you're real, please take this addiction from me. My child lost her mother to drugs — please give her one parent who's free of this. Please make me want to live.' I had a bunch of eightballs, and I threw them away. Rehab didn't work; looking at my daughter didn't help me kick drugs. But I felt like I could do it finally. Miraculously, [the addiction] fell away from me within a week. I started having hope."
Rolling Stone: Have your friends in the rock world been supportive? Were some alienated by the change?
Brian "Head" Welch: "I wanted to go and tell the media that I found Christ, and that I'm switching my life from crazy, evil darkness to light. I felt the spirit of God tell me, 'You're going to be ridiculed. But never be afraid to claim my name.' But I'm so happy, it doesn't matter what people think.
"I'm really into learning about the Word and what it says in the Bible. I'd thought that church was just a manmade thing to get people to be goodie-goodies. But it's not about a bunch of rules; it's about the relationships God has with people, and reading about these people doing great things. I said, 'I want to walk with You like these Bible heroes.' This is like a roller coaster, better than any drug I've ever felt."
Rolling Stone: How has this affected your day-to-day life?
Brian "Head" Welch: "The first thing that I do when I get up is say 'hi' to God. People will think I'm a little out there, because I talk to Him all day, wherever I am. If I go into a grocery store, it's 'All right, God, help me pick out the right food so I can be healthy.' I just sold my house and moved out of town because I thought God wanted me to move. I sold all my stuff, and I'm home-schooling my daughter with a nice lady. I'm kind of floating around right now."
Read the entire interview at RollingStone.com.
According to FMQB, KORN have selected "Twisted Transistor" as the first single off their upcoming album, due on November 22 via Virgin Records. The single is scheduled to go for radio adds on October 3.
KORN's recently inked deal with Virgin is believed to be for two albums and a one-third interest in the band's publishing, merchandising and ticket sales as part of a new contractual model, a la Robbie Williams. The band's as-yet-untitled new effort was mixed by Terry Date, who has previously worked with such artists as DEFTONES, PANTERA and SOULFLY, among others. Matrix (AVRIL LAVIGNE, THE MOONEY SUZUKI) and Atticus Ross (BAD RELIGION, PINK) were responsible for the production duties on the follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror", with no songs from the band's sessions with Dallas Austin slated to appear on the effort. Other songtitles expected to appear on the CD include "Liar", "Politix", "Last Legal Drug", "Le Petit Mort", "It's Me Again", "Coming Undone", "I've Seen It All" and "Souvenir of Sadness".
KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, has sold 967,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
KORN fan site KornTV.co.uk has posted a transcript of the MTV Italy interview with KORN frontman Jonathan Davis, conducted last Sunday (Sept. 4) prior to the band's appearance at MTV Italy's Coca-Cola Live event. Read on: More...
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has told MTV Italy that the group have set a November 22 release date for their new album, the group's first since the departure of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and the band's split with Epic Records. Download a video file containing the nine-minute interview, which was conducted last Sunday prior to the band's appearance at MTV Italy's Coca-Cola Live event, at the KORN fan site EmaKorn.it.
KORN's as-yet-untitled new effort was mixed by Terry Date, who has previously worked with such artists as DEFTONES, PANTERA and SOULFLY, among others. Matrix (AVRIL LAVIGNE, THE MOONEY SUZUKI) and Atticus Ross (BAD RELIGION, PINK) were responsible for the production duties on the follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror", with no songs from the band's sessions with Dallas Austin slated to appear on the effort. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Liar", "Politix", "Last Legal Drug", "Le Petit Mort", "It's Me Again", "Coming Undone", "I've Seen It All" and "Souvenir of Sadness".
KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, has sold around 970,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
KORN are believed to be close to inking a new record deal with EMI/Virgin. The proposed deal is said to be for two albums and a one-third interest in the band's publishing, merchandising and ticket sales as part of a new contractual model, a la Robbie Williams
A video of former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch offering a guided tour of the community in India where he has been living in for the past several weeks, helping the poorer communities and leper children, has been posted online at his official web site, HeadToChrist.com (Quicktime, 15.2 MB).
As previously reported, Welch recently announced that he will be founding what he's calling a Head Home in India, where he will house leper children. "My eyes have been opened to children on the street and I feel like that is who I want and need to help," he said in a statement. Footage of his efforts will reportedly be turned into a documentary on his life.
In a recent press release from Criss Angel, magician and star of A&E's series Mindfreak, he expresses his concerns about the network possibly not wanting to air an episode of this show in which Korn's Jonathan Davis took part. Here is why:
"I did something that is a famous effect that 12 magicians have tried to do and died" to catch a bullet in your teeth. I wanted to devise a way to really try to do it. I had a ballistics expert fabricate a metal cup for my mouth designed to absorb the .223 bullet. And I had a sharpshooter, a guy who is an incredible shot - Jon Davis from the band Korn. And we were successful in doing it. We did it and I didn't kill myself! I want to show people."
He says A&E is worried about copycats trying it. In a statement, the network said it hasn't made a decision on the bullet-catch stunt: "With the enormous success of Criss Angel: Mindfreak with the younger audience, we are carefully reviewing each episode."
Angel is currently working on a book and has a tour planned for fall. "The goal is to become a household name."
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has posted the following message on his ButtSexCrips.com web site:
"Well, today was the last day of rehearsal. We leave in four days to start the Euro tour. We sound better than ever and we are very excited to get out and play again. We have got 18 songs mixed and ready [for the new album], so two more to go. The shit is BANGIN'! Terry [Date, mixer] and I will probably be up all Thursday night fixing all the mixes so it will be totally done on Friday.
"On Wednesday, me and Munky [guitar] have a photo shoot for the inside artwork, and Fieldy [bass] and David [drums] are doin' theirs on Thursday. Shit is starting to happen fast, so get ready 'cause HERE WE COME BIATCHES."
KORN are currently mixing their new album with producer Terry Date (DEFTONES, PANTERA, SOULFLY) for a tentative September release. Matrix (AVRIL LAVIGNE, THE MOONEY SUZUKI) and Atticus Ross (BAD RELIGION, PINK) were responsible for most of the production duties on the follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror", with only one track from the band's sessions with Dallas Austin slated to appear on the effort. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Liar", "Politix", "Last Legal Drug", "Le Petit Mort", "It's Me Again", "Coming Undone", "I've Seen It All" and "Souvenir of Sadness".
KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, has sold 936,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As previously reported, KORN are close to inking a new record deal with EMI/Virgin, according to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS. The proposed deal is said to be for two albums and a one-third interest in the band's publishing, merchandising and ticket sales as part of a new contractual model, a la Robbie Williams. The fine points are being hammered out by attorney Gary Stiffelman and manager Jeff Kwatinetz on the band's side of the table, and by EMI North America head David Munns in tandem with Virgin topper Matt Serletic.
Hungarian moshcore band Ektomorf is confirmed as support for Korn at Ljubljana, Slovenia on Sept 6.
Nothing is confirmed yet, but it is rumored that Korn are on the verge of signing a new deal with EMI/Virgin. Their first release will be a new album in October, currently being mixed by Terry Date.
Billboard magazine is reporting that H.I.M. and MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE are among the bands that have been confirmed for the first U.S. edition of the U.K.'s Download Festival, set for Oct. 8 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Headlining the festival will be THE KILLERS, with MODEST MOUSE, the ARCADE FIRE and DOVES also on the bill.
Like the U.K. version of the event, which drew 150,000 people this year to London's Donnington Park, the U.S. edition will offer cutting-edge technology and media experiences.
Last year's festival, with LINKIN PARK, METALLICA, KORN, SUM 41 and IGGY POP on the bill, grossed $7.3 million, the 10th highest gross of the year, according to Billboard Boxscore.
As exclusively reported here first, KORN's replacement axeman for their upcoming Fall tour will be ex-OTEP guitarist Rob Patterson. However, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis revealed that Patterson will not be taking to the stage while the band performs. A statement from his personal site reads as follows:
"We hired Rob Patterson to play guitar for the European dates but he will not be on stage. We don't want to use samples or tape, 'cause that would suck. We are not ready to have a new guy on stage with us. This is for the first Europe run only. We have some new exciting ideas on how we are gonna play live in the future and I am sure it will blow your mind."
Former OTEP guitarist Rob Patterson, who was fired from the group in December 2003, will be acting as fill-in axeman for KORN when they hit the road later this year. Patterson, who has also acted as touring guitarist for VANILLA ICE in years past, will be filling in for the recently departed Brian "Head" Welch, who officially left KORN earlier this year to pursue the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Korn have been mixing their new album with Terry Date (Deftones, dredg) as of late, you can find more on that over at www.buttsexcrips.com
Guitar World magazine recently conducted an in-depth interview with former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Guitar World: What triggered your decision to quit KORN?
Brian "Head" Welch: "When I started playing in KORN, I began drifting downward spiritually. I became addicted to drugs like methamphetamine. I became rich and famous, although I never thought of myself as a rock star or as being bigger and better than anyone. I loved music, but I found myself at the point where I wanted to die. I didn't care about life.
"I think I hit the bottom when my wife left me while I was on the road. She started partying, bailed out with some dudes, and took my money and left me with our daughter. Then I had to take my daughter on the road with me. The band agreed to pay my daughter a dollar every time someone cussed in front of her. Before I knew it, my daughter was making, like, $100 a day, and I told people to try to chill in front of her. She was getting excited about making all this money, and it wasn't working. I had to put my kid before my career and all the money I was making. I decided to do the right thing. I was dying inside. If I didn't have my daughter, I would be dead right now, for sure. More...
Opeth and Jens Bogren have now finished the recording and mixing of the latest opus "Ghost reveries" (view cover). The album will be mastered today (June 16th) at the Cutting room facilities in Stockholm. Total running time will be around 65 minutes. Full tracklisting is:
Ghost of perdition
The baying of the hounds
Beneath the mire
Hours of wealth
The grand conjuration
A release date has yet to be confirmed, but it's planned for late August/early September worldwide through Roadrunner records.
In other news, Opeth have confirmed that they will appear at the Metal Hammer festival/Spodek arena in Katowice/Poland on August 31. Oddly enough supporting Korn. Other bands on the bill includes Lacuna Coil and Fear Factory.
A video of former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch's performing a tribute song to the late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, entitled "Letter to Dimebag", has been posted online at the Valley Bible Fellowship web site. You can watch it at this location (Quicktime). "It is written in guitar language, and I did it because [Dimebag] used to tell me we needed to put guitar solos in KORN," Welch explained. "So this song's for him, and to him. It's saying how much I miss him. Even though we weren't too close, his very friendly personality had a great impact on me!"
Welch is currently completing work on his solo CD, which is tentatively due later in the year. The as-yet-untitled effort may include another track which Welch has described as "a personal letter to 50 CENT from God."
"The Big Guy speaks through me a lot when I write, and I have a song for 50 CENT I wrote in the Holy Land. I feel like it's a personal letter to 50 from God, so I'm going to give it to him personally and see what his reaction is," Welch explained to MTV News. "If it's a positive reaction and he's willing to talk to me, then I'm not gonna release it, but if the reaction is not positive, I'm going to share it with the world."
Brian concluded, "This CD is full of heart-grabbing music, man! I can't wait to get it out!"
According to KornTV.co.uk, KORN have lined up the following European tour dates during August/September:
Aug. TBA – Budapest, HUN @ Sziget Festival 2005
Aug. TBA - Gernika (Bizkaia), SPA @ Metalway Festival
Aug. 15 – Colmar, FRA @ La Foire aux Vins
Aug. 17 – Toulon, FRA @ Zenith-Omega-Toulon
Aug. 19 – Gampel, SWI @ Gampel Festival
Aug. 20 – Hasselt, BEL @ Pukkelpop Festival
Aug. 27 – Konstanz, GER @ Rock Am See Festival
Sep. 02 – Wiesen, AUT @ Two Days a Week Festival
Sep. 04 - Civitavecchia, ITA @ Coca-Cola Live @ MTV
KORN have been working primarily with producers Matrix (AVRIL LAVIGNE, THE MOONEY SUZUKI) and Atticus Ross (BAD RELIGION, PINK) on the follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror". Only one track from the band's sessions with Dallas Austin is slated to appear on the effort, with the album's previously announced collaboration with rapper THE GAME, "Revolution", having already been scratched from the album's track list. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Liar", "Politix", "Last Legal Drug", "Le Petit Mort", "It's Me Again", "Coming Undone", "I've Seen It All" and "Souvenir of Sadness". An October release is expected.