Ex-Korn Drummer Exlains Why Band Lost Groove: 'I Was Asked to Be a Puppet'
David Silveria reveals intricate writing and studio recording details in his explanation of why Korn lost their sound.
Posted on Aug 15, 2013 02:53 pm
Former Korn drummer David Silveria gave a lengthy explanation of his recent comments regarding band's current lack of groove, delving deep into early days of Korn.
After stressing he has zero intention of bashing Korn and dissing "haters that will talk smack," Silveria kicked off his Facebook statement.
"We didn't play shows while writing," he said after a detailed explanation. "The music and vocals were written all together. This is the key point. The first three records had all kinds of strange and off-time breaks in the songs. We would purposely speed up and slow down parts. Most of the weird breaks were made up by [bassist] Fieldy and I. We would change the timing in the middle of songs that made no sense."One of the great things about music is [that] there are no rules," the drummer noted.
Silveria then went into the thick of it, "Fast forward to our next record, 'Issues.' A big-name producer was brought in telling us he would 'take us to the next level.' I immediately called bullsh-t. I thought we had just made three legendary records?"Here is the next key point," the drummer explained. "He wanted to record the record on the digital system Pro Tools. He also wanted to record everything to a click track, eliminating all crazy timing changes and off-time breaks and the pushing and pulling of parts. I was the only one to think this was a horrible idea. Our signature style was under attack and the guys said [to] just listen to this 'big-time' producer."
He continued, "So we started writing music. I did my thing on the drums by playing in my style. The producer immediately wanted me to simplify my playing. I said to him, 'This is not your record. I'm going to do my thing.' The next day, I get a phone call from our manager saying one of the band members says I'm being hard to work with. Seriously!"So I was being asked to be a puppet and dumb down my playing and be a good boy. I heard this enough times I finally just simplified everything. Pretty lame, right?"
Silveria explained further, "Then next it came to our attention that we were going to record all of the music before Jon [Davis] even started on the vocals. That's another major blow to our signature sound. We always wrote songs as a five-piece band and made unique accents and breaks specifically to the vocals. Well, there goes that unique Korn sound. Once our original way of writing was totally changed, the original sound was also changed. I was disappointed."
The drummer then pointed out that by no means does he dislike post-"Follow the Leader" tunes, but is certain that the band lost a great deal of signature sound by that time. "I love the music we made after 'Leader,' don't get the wrong idea," he said. "It just lost so much of our unique trademark sound. I really think the fans noticed."I made several attempts to get the band to get back to the basics and write and record like we did the first three records, but was met with opposition every time," the post reads. "I don't know why. All I wanted to do is make better records. But the other members didn't want to spend the extra time it takes to write the original way. But hey, I tried. When I was talking about bringing the funk back, I was talking about the original writing style."
Silveria then talked about the possibility of reuniting with Korn, naming it a great desire.
"I would love to get back in the rehearsal studio with the guys and resurrect the original passion and unconventional writing style and make a record that stands up to the first three," he said. "Of course, before that could happen, I would love to just sit down with guys and talk about our humble beginnings and really put things in perspective. I really hope to see you Korn fans again soon from behind my drum kit on stage with the guys."
The drummer then concluded his post, saying, "I hope you true Korn fans thought this insight was interesting. Take care everyone. Talk soon."