Jonathan Davis Talks About H.R. Giger

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“I just felt… so sad.” Jonathan Davis has been on great form so far. It’s been a busy day for the Korn frontman, he’s not only played a headline show as part of their Russian tour alongside Soulfly but the show was also filmed for a forthcoming DVD, but he’s polite, courteous and generous company as Hammer chats to him from his hotel room in Moscow. Then suddenly his mood changes to quiet and sombre when we bring up the subject of H.R. Giger, the Swiss born surrealist artist who passed away earlier this week.

There are no mere fanboy crocodile tears either. Davis is a man with a long and personal history with Giger, describing him as “A kind man, a genius and someone that I felt privileged to have known.” Before adding “He, like so many of these artistic types of people, was a very strange guy.” Davis remembers his first exposure to Giger as “Seeing Alien in the cinema when I was a kid. I was just like ‘Whoah!’ it blew me away. It was just so dark. Then I discovered the Necronomicon (Giger’s first compendium) and that’s when I first became aware of him as an artist.” So inspired was he by this body of work that Davis commissioned Giger to design what has now become an iconic staple of Korn’s live set; the Nubian queen microphone stand.

“You’re right,” he enthuses. “It has become a huge part of our live set. We’ll be backstage and we can hear the cheers go up when the black cloak comes off of it and that just pumps us up even more for the show. You know it’s been over ten years since I’ve had that stand and it’s one of my prize possessions, it’s been through so much of our history that we almost regard it as the sixth member of the band.”

Do you remember when you first set eyes on it? “Oh yeah, I went to his house to see it,” Jonathan says with obvious relish. “He had sculpted it out of clay, he sculpted the whole thing by hand, and as soon as I saw it I just fell in love with it. It was such an amazing experience. Before I saw it he asked me if I wanted to take a ride. I was like ‘Er… okay?’ it was pretty creepy, but he has the train from Dune, and I’m a huge Dune fan, running through his house. It was a hell of a moment. Me sat on this train, freaking out, before going to see a piece of art he’d made for me. I couldn’t quite grasp it.”

“He loved the stand too because it was a functional piece of art and he’d never made anything like that before. He was very proud of it. So we stayed in contact ever since, if we ever went to Switzerland I would go and visit him. He and his girlfriend were just such amazing people, they introduced me to some incredible people. Just a real artist and a visionary. It seems weird to think that next time I go over there I won’t be able to see him. It’s still sinking in.”

Not only has he lost a personal friend Davis believes that the world of rock and metal has lost one of its most important non-musical influences.

“His influence is felt in the music. Korn’s music is very dark and his art was dark, the two elements complement each other so well. You can’t help but be inspired by someone that creative and with such a dark imagination. I don’t know what else to say man, he was just a genius.”

RIP H.R. Giger…A Look at the Artwork of H.R. Giger

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Jonathan Davis on Kaaos TV Finland

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Video: Jonathan Davis on Metal Trails in Germany

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Jonathan Davis Q&A on on Sunday

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Yhdysvaltalainen rockia soittava Korn esiintyy 11. päivä toukokuuta Helsingin The Circuksessa osana mittavaa Euroopan kiertuettaan. Kaaoszinessa pyörivä KaaosTV saa kunnian haastatella yhtyeen vokalistia Jonathan Davisia kyseisen keikan yhteydessä, joten mikäli itselläsi on jokin kysymys jonka meidän toivot kysyvän herralta haastattelun yhteydessä niin laitahan se kommentteihin. Jonathanin haastattelu tullaan julkaisemaan sivustolla ensi viikon alun aikana.

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The American rock band Korn occurs on 11 May at The Circus part of an extensive European tour. Kaaoszinessa rotating KaaosTV will have the honor to interview the band’s vocalist Jonathan Davis of the context of the show, so if you yourself is a question which we wish to ask the gentleman during the interview so it Slip into the comments. Jonathan’s interview will be published on the site during the beginning of next week.

Nicole’s KornRow Interview with Jonathan Davis

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This past Sunday, Nicole Rose conducted an interview for with Jonathan Davis shortly after the band finished their set at Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville. During the course of the interview, the lead singer was asked what the next single will be. KornRow has learned that the next single will be an unnamed song that is not currently on Korn’s latest album. Also, Jonathan told us that Korn is planning on re-releasing The Paradigm Shift with some new songs on it of which one of those songs will be the new single. No other details were provided, but he said the new single will debut around the timeframe of the Mayhem Festival in late June/early July. Other notable topics discussed were Jon looking forward to seeing Cannibal Corpse and Body Count featuring Ice-T on the Mayhem tour. Also, Jon discussed getting inspiration from life for his lyrics, working on the new Killbot music, and the controversial video for Korn’s current single “Spike in My Veins.” Jon was asked about the reaction to the video and he said it was about what he expected. He also said that Alex Jones, host of The Alex Jones Show on where Jonathan had recently been interviewed about the video said Alex told Jon before they went on the air to be prepared to be called ‘crazy” and get backlash for the video and his beliefs. Jon cited TMZ specifically picking up on the story and their reaction. Finally, Nicole asked Jon about Korn Kovers. He said while the band is always working, be it solo or collectively on stuff, it is difficult for the band to get together and do a kovers album.

Quick Chat With James “Munky” Shaffer
Munky clarified that there are currently no plans for a Family Values Tour.

Paparazzi Caught Jonathan Davis At LAX On His Way To Europe

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Jonathan Davis Recording VoiceOver Work For Director Josh Petrino on “The Devil’s Tree”

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Fun session yesterday recording a VoiceOver with Korn frontman Jonathan Davis for Director Josh Petrino’s new movie “The Devil’s Tree” #rocketshiprecording #korn #bakersfield #california

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After visiting a landmark tree rumored to be a gateway to hell, a group of friends hold a small house party where, without explanation, they realize they mentally can’t bring themselves to leave. Shortly after this revelation, torment and slaughter begins at the hands of a supernatural killer with a warped, sadistic sense of humor.

Status: Post-production
Updated: 18 December 2013

Jonathan Davis on Meltdown, 101WRIF

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Meltdown caught up with Korn frontman, Jonathan Davis to talk about the upcoming Mayhem Festival and more!

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As we know, Korn are back in the studio with producer Don Gilmore to record a couple of new songs. What are your thoughts on what they are doing in the studio?

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…..Meanwhile, I had Jonathan Davis of Korn on the hotLine yesterday from his Bakersfield home and today I will check in with Head and Munky tomorrow. The band is getting together soon to start recording a couple of new songs (hmmm, must be getting ready for the 20th anniversary?) with producer Don Gilmore.

Jonathan Davis on Loudwire Nights with Full Metal Jackie

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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.

You can hear ‘Loudwire Nights’ with host Full Metal Jackie Monday through Friday at 7PM through Midnight on more than 20 stations across America.