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.

Jonathan Davis: 'Dubstep Is The New Electronic Metal'
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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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    Lapidus
    ..all this from a guy who named his kids "Pirate" and "Zeppelin"...enough
    Carl6661
    I dont care at all for dubstep, and I'm not the worlds biggest metal fan, but all these 'dubstep is the new metal' articles are just stupid.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Oh lord. Where to even start on this one. First of all, if you think metal is "the heavier the better" than you're retarded. Secondly, **** dubstep. And **** it being associated with metal.
    Maiden95
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Oh lord. Where to even start on this one. First of all, if you think metal is "the heavier the better" than you're retarded. Secondly, **** dubstep. And **** it being associated with metal.
    Exactly! And I officially have lost all respect for Davis now that he calls himself ..J Devil... *shivers*
    Vinson
    Struggling to stay relevant are JDevil? Dubstep is the fad of the year,,,it will fade away soon enough.
    Low Profile
    "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." I don't think this is true for both metal and dubstep. Since it can get so heavy it just becomes unlistenable and just because it is heavier does not make it better.
    WD Punk
    He should just be happy some people consider his nu metal a sub genre and leave it at that
    Mack888
    Dubstep is not metal and vice versa, nor is it the new anything. But I would say that Dubstep is to electronic music as Metal is to Rock.
    mastodude13
    This guy sounds stupider in every interview. He needs to go away. The part where he was telling audiences to f--- off and how they loved it made me laugh though.
    nailsarecruel
    Best thing I can think of is I hope this EDM thing works out for him so Korn can get the mercy shot it's been begging for all these years.
    m4ss3 m/
    How about no? Honestly, dubstep-songs are all the same. Take some old song, slap a couple wubwubs on it and you have a dubstep song.
    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.
    saint_berzerker
    This sh*t is the antithesis of metal. You can put this crap in the category of RAP, POP, DANCE....it fits well there.
    cgmetallica1981
    My god, stop this shit already. Quit saying this, dubstep isn't the new anything, it's just a fad. Everybody's going to forget about it within a year or so and a lot of people already have.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Maiden95 wrote: Agent 00Awesome wrote: Oh lord. Where to even start on this one. First of all, if you think metal is "the heavier the better" than you're retarded. Secondly, **** dubstep. And **** it being associated with metal. Exactly! And I officially have lost all respect for Davis now that he calls himself ..J Devil... *shivers*
    What little respect there was to begin with.
    herpderpton
    I actually see what he means. In the EDM world, dubstep really has the place that metal has in the rock world. Both are somewhat similar, but not the way Davis makes it out to be.
    robo37
    Salvo416 wrote: Muse said the same thing a week ago.. is someone else going to say it next week.
    Probably, probably Brian May.
    silent caution
    I'm probably one of Korn and Davis biggest fans...but this...this makes me want to tune my guitars to standard for the 1st time ever
    CoolMcAwesome
    dubstep isn't metal. dubstep is closer to ****nig dance music/club music. You dont dance to metal. you just dont...
    iommi600
    Not this again... sometimes I think it would be better if I got on UG one day and read something like this as a headline: "Start a flame war right here!"
    Epi g-310
    I can honestly understand the comparison of metal and dubstep. Metal is rock's heavy, headbangin' cousin, and dubstep is basically the same thing, only switch rock with electronic music. Dubstep is a reaction to the light sound of pop the exact same way metal and punk were a reaction to rock.
    LoadedGeorge
    "The Heavier the better" As far as my taste in metal is concerned, that is just false.
    Tattahousu
    dupstep is dupsted and metal is metal. I like them both but they are different genre.
    LightxGrenade
    I couldn't care less about the whole dub step thing but man did you read his description of himself as a DJ? "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!" Damn is he full of himself.
    tmiam0720
    I still don't see the satisfaction in listen to a form of music that sounds like a constipated transformer.
    WWTCT
    Dubstep is dubstep. I wish people would stop calling it "The new .... ". Some people like it, others don't - pretty much the case with every genre of music ever.
    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.
    Jazz1992
    --ESTRANGED-- wrote: so many butthurt 'metalheads' here. just embrace it.
    Embrace what? Regardless of who listens to what, dubstep isn't the new heavy metal. Never will be. It's pop, just a heavier version of it. Try listening to, for instance, Cowboys from Hell and then some Skrillex song and then tell me what's heavy metal.
    theblackwell
    insurgentsteve wrote: Dubstep is the new Nu-Metal* FTFY ...a fad that will be over soon enough
    Sadly, not soon enough.
    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.
    little_boy
    not this again.. UG posts this kind of news not because its relevant, but because they must enjoy all the folks trashing in the comments. shame on you UG
    smittyanthrax
    I feel lost and out of date but what is dubstep.Can someone give me an example.Im not joking either.
    link no1
    Aside from Korn being a "my first metal band" thing and 'jDevil' not having a valid opinion since the 90's (that might still be an overstatement) I can give an opinion not based on the fact that Korn are irrelevant. Dubstep is not the new metal. Nothing is the new metal, other than metal itself. The only thing that can even remotely link the 2 together is that some metal fans do like Dubstep...but then again, fans from every genre of music like dubstep... It's the same as saying "Rap is the new metal" because a few metal fans listen to it. Besides, I refuse to be told what is the 'new metal' by bands who are barely metal themselves. When Slayer and Testament share their opinion about it that's different...They will be wrong aswell but at least it's actual metal bands giving an opinion on the subject.