Korn Drummer Wants Big-Band Jazz Track

Korn drummer Ray Luzier wants the nu-metal group to do a "big-band jazz" record.

Korn Drummer Wants Big-Band Jazz Track
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Korn drummer Ray Luzier wants the nu-metal group to do a "big-band jazz" record. The 41-year-old stickman would be open to the band - whose latest album, "The Path Of Totality", has seen them take up a new musical direction by featuring tracks fusing electronica and metal - taking on another different style by mixing some jazz in with their sounds. When asked if Korn would record a country song, he replied: "I respect the music a lot, and I actually like some country tunes, but man, I hope not. I'd rather go for a big-band jazz Korn record than that." Ray has been inundated with fan mail from supporters of electronic music producer Skrillex - who performs on three of the band's new album tracks, including 2011 single "Get Up" - and he is enjoying being part of a group who like to "take risks" with their musical style. The drummer - who became a full-time member of Korn in 2009 - added in an interview with Azcentral.com: "You gain a lot of new fans. I'm having 16-year-old Skrillex fans writing me saying they don't know what a Korn is but they're buying the new record just because Skrillex is on it. "And then, the old diehards are saying that they didn't want to like it, but now that they've listened to it a bunch of times, they love it. "You can't please everybody, but I love to be part of a band that's not afraid to take chances and risks. I'm always about branching out and trying to experiment. "Everyone thinks electronica's going away. But it never has. It's always been around. It's just in different formats now. And it's cool to embrace it. As long as you're not faking anything." Thanks for the report to ContactMusic.com.

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    SIEGE312
    Saying he would rather do a jazz track than a country track IS NOT saying he wants to do a jazz track. Titles are becoming increasingly wrong and misleading. UG, you know this, please stop playing games.
    iommi600
    "Korn Drummer Wants Big-Band Jazz Track" "I actually like some country tunes, but man, I hope not. I'd rather go for a big-band jazz Korn record than that." Damn, UG... get your shit together...
    Craig_Christian
    -3 fede01_8 wrote on 02/28/2012 - 11:15 am / quote | this band is trying so hard to be relevant...
    Yeah cos big band jazz is at the height of popularity right now, I'm sick of getting on the bus and having to put with a load of little swingers getting down to Frank Sinatra.
    MotörHeadFan22
    "I'm having 16-year-old Skrillex fans writing me saying they don't know what a Korn is but they're buying the new record just because Skrillex is on it." And that's the exact reason why they should do a big band album.
    strat0blaster
    Misleading and inaccurate title. Luzier didn't say he wanted a big-band jazz record, he said he'd rather do that than country. It's not even hard to understand - in fact, it seems harder to misinterpret that statement than it does to take it for what it is.
    slaveskinJACKET
    Minivirus2 wrote: I love to be part of a band that's not afraid to take chances and risks. I'm always about branching out and trying to experiment. What risks? You were part of the Nu-metal movement and then you hoped on the dubstep movement. In my eyes, you've only followed the current trend in popular music to this point and there's NO risk in doing so, other than alienating your original fans, of which are probably much smaller or non-existant in comparison to the fanbase of today's current music trends. Come back and try again when you've made that big band jazz record because THAT will be taking a risk. Nu-metal and dubstep are fads.
    You could argue that they did dubstep to stay trendy. But nu-metal was hardly trendy in 1994-1995.
    js81221
    The "14 year old" thing annoys me, but I suppose, if it helps get them sales. Maybe it will turn them from strictly Skrillex to more Korn.
    Root Beer
    Misleading title is misleading. Never liked KORN, but honestly... have they all lost their ****ing marbles??? I mean, I understand the desire to branch out, but to change genres so drastically is very alienating.
    JimBonJovi
    Ray needs to get back together with Rob & Dean Deleo(STP) and Richard Patrick and form Army of Anyone again. For love of good rock music, please!
    slayersweet666
    I reckon it's unlikely. But if jazz was the big thing at the moment they'd definitely try to cash in on it, like they did with dubstep.
    Minivirus2
    I love to be part of a band that's not afraid to take chances and risks. I'm always about branching out and trying to experiment.
    What risks? You were part of the Nu-metal movement and then you hoped on the dubstep movement. In my eyes, you've only followed the current trend in popular music to this point and there's NO risk in doing so, other than alienating your original fans, of which are probably much smaller or non-existant in comparison to the fanbase of today's current music trends. Come back and try again when you've made that big band jazz record because THAT will be taking a risk. Nu-metal and dubstep are fads.
    ljpfahey
    lol what a crafty misinterpretation of a quote for an attractive headline.
    b_flo
    Ray Luzier is a great guy and a great drummer. You might of heard of him from the supergroup, Army of Anyone with the De Leo brothers (STP) and Richard Patrick (Filter). He was also David Lee Roth's drummer.
    onetonryan
    ...never been the same since Head found the Lord and moved on. Can't blame them for trying something different seeing how being "Korn" isn't working as well.
    TheBigDirty716
    good for him for wanting to branch out. my only beef is that the new record and big band jazz have nothing to do with the original Korn sound. I personally believe when you creat a record yes it is an extension of yourself, but completely separate at the same time. Have respect enough for the music and for yourself to say "this is something different" and release it under a different name. In my own opinion its kinda riding on the coattails of your earlier music. if you fans are truly loyal they will listen to your music no matter what group name you release it under. Just makes me think the money comes before the music. an attitude that i dont think has any place in true art. For more examples of what i'm talking about listen to Thrice's first two albums then listen to their last two.
    Shuei5
    I wish they'd do big band jazz... Or country for that matter. Please, anything but more dubstep crap...
    gavwah
    TheBigDirty716 wrote: good for him for wanting to branch out. my only beef is that the new record and big band jazz have nothing to do with the original Korn sound. I personally believe when you creat a record yes it is an extension of yourself, but completely separate at the same time. Have respect enough for the music and for yourself to say "this is something different" and release it under a different name. In my own opinion its kinda riding on the coattails of your earlier music. if you fans are truly loyal they will listen to your music no matter what group name you release it under. Just makes me think the money comes before the music. an attitude that i dont think has any place in true art. For more examples of what i'm talking about listen to Thrice's first two albums then listen to their last two.
    But dubstep is legitimately not too far removed from the core korn sound, especially not 'see you on the other side' or 'untitled'. 'Love song' or 'Starting over' wouldn't sound so out of place on the latest album.
    me_llamo_juan
    So did he say he actually wanted to do a jazz record, or just offer that as an opposition to doing a country record?
    Motorhed95
    I'm having 16-year-old Skrillex fans writing me saying they don't know what a Korn is but they're buying the new record just because Skrillex is on it.
    basically, "im really happy that people dont give a shit about me"
    stoltobot
    I read this article only to find out what comment he made to be taken out of context by UG for the headline.
    DaniArrow
    Great! I want a Korn Country record after the jazz one. KoRntry! And maybe a dance record after that.
    chrus
    strat0blaster wrote: It's not even hard to understand - in fact, it seems harder to misinterpret that statement than it does to take it for what it is.
    hahaha so funny
    thegimp6669
    For those who say Korn sold out, it's not entirely true. Check out fear and the nervous system to see what im talking about.
    Minivirus2
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: You could argue that they did dubstep to stay trendy. But nu-metal was hardly trendy in 1994-1995.
    Never stated that they joined the nu-metal movement, but it was only commercialism that ever made nu-metal what it was. I didn't see them jumping on the NWOAHM trend when metal was crearing nu-metal house in the early to mid-2000's. Why? Because it wasn't mainstream success.
    WM121
    Can't imagine Korn writing country songs ....Let alone big band tunes your grandma will start swinging to
    chaosmoon
    Minivirus2 wrote: I love to be part of a band that's not afraid to take chances and risks. I'm always about branching out and trying to experiment. What risks? You were part of the Nu-metal movement and then you hoped on the dubstep movement. In my eyes, you've only followed the current trend in popular music to this point and there's NO risk in doing so, other than alienating your original fans, of which are probably much smaller or non-existant in comparison to the fanbase of today's current music trends. Come back and try again when you've made that big band jazz record because THAT will be taking a risk. Nu-metal and dubstep are fads.
    ALL music genres are fads. I love Opeth, but they're just a fad too. Also, in my eyes anyways, Korn was one of the staples of nu-metal. Oh, they were good at it, so they must just jump on the bandwagon. Right.
    Andragon
    Yea that's not what he's saying, but he is a great drummer. He's not just Korn's drummer. He's played with different acts and he was excellent.
    SGofawesome
    Minivirus2 wrote: I love to be part of a band that's not afraid to take chances and risks. I'm always about branching out and trying to experiment. What risks? You were part of the Nu-metal movement and then you hoped on the dubstep movement. In my eyes, you've only followed the current trend in popular music to this point and there's NO risk in doing so, other than alienating your original fans, of which are probably much smaller or non-existant in comparison to the fanbase of today's current music trends. Come back and try again when you've made that big band jazz record because THAT will be taking a risk. Nu-metal and dubstep are fads.
    I thought they moved to dubstep to stay relative while appearing to be experimental, yeah. I don't really think that Korn was aiming to be a fad when they pretty much created nu-metal though. They're really the only relevant nu-metal band anymore.
    staticblues
    I would love to see Korn do a jazz influenced album! I'm not a big fan of Korn, but I won't shut off they radio if they pop up. If a metal band can pull off a good jazz sound and not sound like a generic jazz band while doing it, even with their metal sound, then more power to them! I think that would be pretty kick ass!