Jonathan Davis: 'Dubstep Is The New Electronic Metal'

The Korn frontman sees so many similarities between dubstep and heavy metal that he's making a push with his DJ alter-ego J Devil.

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Korn frontman Jonathan Davis believes dubstep is officially part of heavy metal culture.

His comments come only a year after working with Grammy-winning Skrillex on Korn's "The Path To Totality".

"North American dubstep is the new electronic heavy metal. It's the-filthier-the-better in that world, and with heavy metal, it's the heavier the better, so it's kind of the same thing," he told Spinner.

Davis talked about his DJ alter-ego J Devil and how he's trying to shake up the EDM [Electronic Dance Music] scene:

"I make people drop their jaws because I'm just up there telling them to go f-ck themselves. No one's ever done that at an EDM show and crowds are loving it. It's not like I'm offending anyone, people are like 'Yeah, f-ck you too!'"

He had a few harsh words for record labels too, and says musicians in this era don't need to be signed to succeed.

"When the machine worked in the early days of Korn with Epic, that sht was amazing. We had MTV, we had video stations and labels that cared and put the work in, but now it's so diluted and fcked up. We're going underground again.

"Do we really need labels anymore with the way things went with the Internet? I don't think so."

Watch Davis introduce himself as J Devil in this video:

Do you think dubstep is officially a part of heavy metal culture now? Does Skirllex's past as a guitarist inspired by bands like Korn mean the genre has roots in metal? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    Ometh
    Can't wait for this silly dubstep obsession to end, and I hope it takes djent away with it.
    KyMorningRacket
    Hey Im a close minded elitist metal head and I only listen to the most extreme metal! Mastodon totally sold out on Blood Mountain! Im a moron! - everyone on these boards Jonathan Davis is actually not that far off base
    Diaverde66
    I listen to all kinds of music and that includes dubstep, however, not once have I ever thought to myself: 'this dubstep sort of sounds like metal'. I don't see how anyone can come to that conclusion. I think it's closer to 80's techno, and modern Rap music than to metal.
    TheExterminator
    --ESTRANGED-- wrote: so many butthurt 'metalheads' here. just embrace it.
    Why should we embrace it when most respectable Electronic fans don't even like Dubstep, and especially it's newer, trendy offshoot Brostep, themselves?
    joe4020
    what is going to happen if it is? Quit telling us this. Nobody cares.
    animemetalhead
    I love Korn to death, but dubstep is what it sounds like, unorganized, poorly thought out, electronica for tone deaf people. Techno, I can get into, not dubstep.
    Sundben
    Why is everybody trying to justify dubstep's existance by calling it ''metal''? I don't need to call metal dubstep for people to like it.
    deathofarev
    fivebizebeavers wrote: The only band that mixes metal and anything electronic really well is the browning. Other than that its all kinda crap.
    Would agree but, other bands add electronics really well, but I gotta disagree with Jonathan, cuz it's not the new anything, it's from the 90's and it wasn't even music or noise at first.
    pwnadgebunny
    shut up JD. as much as i love Korn, he needs to knock off this dubstep shit. i liked some of the Path of Totality, but if they make another dubstep-like album that band is over. i just wish they could get Head back and record an album that sounds like the old days :/
    deathbycontrol
    I think dubstep and electronic shit sounds great as like a background element, but when it's the main focus of the song, or being played solo, it just sounds bad. Very bad. That kind of electronic music should stay the way it was designed to be: dance music. Nothing more.
    tennesseehild
    NO! Just no! If you want electronic metal go listen to a Nine Inch Nails album. Metal/ Rock is one of the last sacred places for talent and defenders of the art/faith/music. Seems now gone are the days of having musical talent, a.k.a. playing an instrument.
    Kueller917
    tennesseehild wrote: NO! Just no! If you want electronic metal go listen to a Nine Inch Nails album. Metal/ Rock is one of the last sacred places for talent and defenders of the art/faith/music. Seems now gone are the days of having musical talent, a.k.a. playing an instrument.
    I'm not a dubstep fan, really at all. But if you think rock and metal are the only place where talent exists you haven't heard enough music. Also, I'd consider a computer or DAW a real instrument.
    tmiam0720
    I still don't see the satisfaction in listen to a form of music that sounds like a constipated transformer.
    RocknRory
    thewalrus77 wrote: any **** with garage band can do what skrillex does.
    Even if you dislike EDM, dubstep, or/and Skrillex, that is a completely ignorant statement. You try and do it.
    Epi g-310
    crazysam23_Atax Yeah, the difference is punk was more a reaction to the shitty situation in England at the end of the '70s. Metal was simply a progression from Hard Rock to something heavier (Heavy Metal). There weren't really any reactions, except that some people hated Disco and wanted something heavy. Learn your music history of the 20th century. /shrug
    Punk and metal both are rooted in rock, and are the "edgier" form of it. That was the point I was trying to make. "Reaction" might not have been the best choice of words. I know my music history, sir.
    captainsnazz
    I'm pretty sure dubstep is a british thing. Other than that yeah I guess he's right. Emphasis on rhythm and 'heaviness': check Generic tendencies: check Retarded fanbase: check
    thepariah6
    Dubstep is cool, but people need to stop comparing it to heavy metal and saying it's the new metal, it makes no sense at all
    TheExterminator
    captainsnazz wrote: I'm pretty sure dubstep is a british thing. Other than that yeah I guess he's right. Emphasis on rhythm and 'heaviness': check Generic tendencies: check Retarded fanbase: check
    Heavy Metal riffs: nope But it's no surprise someone from a Nu-Metal band wouldn't understand what makes Metal "Metal" is the riffs.
    louis van wyk
    One of the most retarted things anyone would say. Heavy metal stays heavy metal. No dubstep is ever gonna replace it
    Bass-riffer
    A band called Hawk eyes (formally called Chickenhawk) are the new heavy metal, Dubstep is just the new dance music, as was Nu-Rave a few years ago. I don't see why there needs to be so many ****ing sub-genres!
    LoadedGeorge
    "The Heavier the better" As far as my taste in metal is concerned, that is just false.
    AndreWanderer
    Like he even knows what metal is. Korn are just a bunch of sell out fags who think they play metal!
    guitar7masta
    TheExterminator wrote: captainsnazz wrote: I'm pretty sure dubstep is a british thing. Other than that yeah I guess he's right. Emphasis on rhythm and 'heaviness': check Generic tendencies: check Retarded fanbase: check Heavy Metal riffs: nope But it's no surprise someone from a Nu-Metal band wouldn't understand what makes Metal "Metal" is the riffs.
    What makes something metal has now become different for most people. I see many suggest A7X isn't metal and I think that's ridiculous.
    67_67
    Skrillex's past as a guitarist influencing dubstep? No. First off, Skrillex didn't invent dubstep, he's just the most famous artist doing it right now. Secondly, his past as a guitarist - he was in From First to Last, and they got much better once he left. Also, Jonathan Davis really needs to grow up now.
    MichaelScarn
    ever since head left korn, theyve all sucked, fieldy still rocks but JD decided to virtually remove all his bass playing and replaced it with his gay dubstep
    purkey2
    idk what you losers are talking about. "The Path of Totality" was one of the best albums i've ever heard. super unique. im not that into dubstep but what jonathan davis did with it was pretty cool and sounded badass.
    Camron62\m/
    i don't considering dubstep being any new metal. i just like bassdrops and heavyness like that. so don't judge. i'm a ****ing metalhead but i happen to like dubstep. "oh but yer not a true metalhead and dubstep's retarded" well **** you. i listen to Skrillex, deadmau5, Liquid Stranger, Bassnectar, it just depends on what mood i'm in. i don't listen to metal 24/7. (more like 24/6 lol)
    Camron62\m/
    that also doesn't mean i consider dubstep "music". it's all artificial. and no talent is used.
    BrojoJojo
    Wubstep is pretty similar to metal, outside of the whole instruments thing. Loud heavily distorted sounds with syncopation and an emphasis on rhythm. Y'all are angry at this because dubstep is ****ing everywhere, and metalheads HATE mainstream shit.
    Voodoochile711
    Remember when Matt Belamy said almost the same thing and nobody cared about his opinion? Oh, wait....it was here on UG, so of course we do.
    biff022
    Hard to believe that this non talent is still around and people care what he has to say.
    Saint78
    "...genre has roots in metal." No. No form of electronic music really has roots in metal (Except industrial, MAYBE). It's kinda dumb to say two completely different things are rooted in each other. It's kinda like saying, "This apple has roots in oranges."
    LaughingWater2
    I'm just up there telling them to go f-ck themselves. No one's ever done that at an EDM show and crowds are loving it
    Has this guy never been to see the prodigy?
    Does Skirllex's past as a guitarist inspired by bands like Korn mean the genre has roots in metal?
    No it doesnt, skrillex is commercialised crap Dubstep has invented by benga, and it was originally influnced by Uk garage, it has nothing to do with metal. leave electronic music to electronic music fans. get your own ideas korn not just steal ideas from another genre
    Jazz1992
    Face R1pper wrote: Hell yes all you haters are living in the 20th century dubstep IS the new metal, if Davis AND bellamy say it then it is final, if skrillex didn't invent dubstep you would all be hopelessly lost in 5 years when metal shat out its own intestines, grow and get with the programme \D/
    If this is sarcasm, it's a win. If it's trolling, it's a fail.
    Kueller917
    Ok at least this time HE ACTUALLY SAID IT unlike Muse where Bellamy said a crowd was like a metal concert and UG put words into his mouth.
    stonedhippos
    that picture looks like J Davis is being possessed by a demon, since his eyes are all black.
    Sammy Mantis
    "I make people drop their jaws because I'm just up there telling them to go f-ck themselves. No one's ever done that at an EDM show and crowds are loving it." Wow, so this is it? How profound. This guy is well into his forties, twenty years into his career, and that's how he feels he's contributing to the music scene? Standing onstage telling the crowd to f*** off? Riveting stuff. Jonathan, you've reached the point where it's just plain embarrassing now. What little respect people had left is now completely evaporated. Please, save yourself and your family the shame and just hang it up already. Your day came and went years ago.
    spyrostsal
    Gee Halen wrote: Jonathan Davis: 'Dubstep Is The New Electronic Metal' So tell me Jon: which is the old electronic metal?
    Industrial