Working As A Coroner’s Assistant In The Late Eighties
How did you get into working as a coroner’s assistant? Did your highschool have a program?
DAVIS: Yeah, it was referred to as ROP, the regional occupation program. Lots of people want respiratory therapists or EKG techs and shit like that. And it was a program to get your foot within the door if you wish to pursue that as a profession.
My sick ass, as a result of I had cherished horror films and darkish shit since I got here out of my mom [Laughs], I used to be like, “Oh, I need to go do autopsies. I believe that’d be wonderful.” And that’s what I utilized for. I needed to undergo three totally different fucking interviews and psychological [tests] and stuff, as a result of I used to be a child. I used to be 16, 17 years previous. And so they let me undergo all of the interviews. They cherished me they usually let me go [into the program].
I confirmed up the primary day and that first day modified my life endlessly. I got here head to head with my very own mortality. All people’s mortality. Us as Individuals… we expect we’re going to fucking reside endlessly. And I noticed my first useless physique and I used to be simply white, pale, form of freaked out. However then I went in there the primary day and I did my first post-mortem and that was identical to, I used to be hooked. I cherished it.
Little did I do know I might get PSTD from it afterward in my life as a result of I used to be doing, like, infants and stuff that was actually intense that I shouldn’t have been doing. I imply, they wouldn’t let me do the homicide circumstances and stuff like that. However doing children — there was one child I used to be doing an post-mortem on and we discovered an enormous bag of rock cocaine within the poor child’s abdomen. He acquired into his mom’s stash and ate it. It was heartbreaking.
On the time, I turned actually numb and I didn’t know if I simply [should] blow it off as a joke, or I’d should make jokes to make myself sane. However it was an excessive amount of for a child my age to undergo. However I actually loved the time was there I imply there was there’s good and unhealthy in every little thing, proper?
When did you find yourself exiting the career? What was the impetus so that you can say, “You recognize what, I can’t do that”?
DAVIS: I acquired this Korn gig [Laughs].
That’s a great cause [Laughs].
DAVIS: I did the coroner’s workplace. After which I utilized for a full-time place, as a result of I labored half time after they wanted assist. And I didn’t get it. So I went and enrolled on the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science. That’s after I turned a mortician. I began embalming. And I did that for 2 years. After which I acquired the Korn gig, after which I used to be performed.
And also you created the band’s brand, the very iconic brand.
DAVIS: Yeah, actually fast with my left hand and a black crayon. And that turned the brand. We took it later and traced it out. The studio the place we used to rehearse was referred to as Underground Rooster Sound. [There was] a display printing press enterprise the place you pull T-shirts. We tightened up the brand, and we began pulling stickers and making T-shirts.
That’s how we introduced up the attention the band on the time. There was no web. So we went round and caught Korn stickers on each cease register Huntington Seashore and gave tons of them to followers they usually’d slap them in each city up and down California. To the purpose the place individuals have been like, “What the hell is that this Korn band?” [Laughs] It was a great time. I’d sit there for hours and simply pull stickers.
Collaborating With Ice Dice On Korn’s “Kids Of The Corn” (1998)
Each solo and with Korn, you’ve collaborated with hip-hop icons: Ice Dice, Xzibit, Q-Tip, Bone Thugs-N-Concord. Which have been most memorable for you? Does one stand out greater than others?
DAVIS: Effectively, Dice as a result of I used to be an enormous N.W.A fan again within the day after I was a DJ. That was surreal having him coming in and dealing with us. One other one was Nas.
We have been impressed by hip-hop music. We subtly would sprinkle it in. We weren’t like a rap-rock band like Limp Bizkit or something like that. However we have been followers of it. And to have the ability to work with these guys — these have been all legends. They have been all totally different, however the one which hit me the toughest was in all probability Ice Dice.
What was it like working with him?
DAVIS: It was superior. He got here in and listened to the tune and he had an thought. He’s like, “What do you consider ‘Kids Of The Corn’?” I’m like, “Go together with it, man!” And he got here in and wrote his components, and I did my half, and we had fun after which he cut up. It was fast too. He simply got here in, wrote lyrics, did it, and he was out. We have been blown away. However he had already been doing it for thus lengthy. With us, we have been nonetheless children being dipshits ingesting and partying and doing all these items. So it was actually inspiring to see how he labored.
There’s something to be stated for being like, “OK, I’m going to return in and get issues performed.”
DAVIS: From that point, if I did a collaboration, I simply got here in and did my shit. I’ve all the time been like that ever since. I’ll are available, and I’m out and in in lower than an hour.
South Park‘s Episode “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Thriller” (1999)
How did you find yourself having your individual South Park episode?
DAVIS: I believe the label or our administration contacted us and requested if we wished to debut our new single on South Park. And we go, “Oh, hell sure.” We truly went in and recorded it. And, comic story, somebody forgot to hit document on the recorder. So we needed to exit and do it a second time. However we acquired it performed.
Showing On TRL (1999)
Through the ’90s, Korn began taking off, and by the top of the last decade, issues are getting into a extremely good route. And also you ended up on TRL loads. I used to be watching TRL at that time, and it was boy bands and stuff — after which it was Korn and your movies. What was that like?
It was very surreal, as a result of it was principally all pop. Boy bands, pop artists, hip-hop artists — after which us. We didn’t actually match the mould of any of them. Some individuals laughed and referred to as us a metallic boy band [Laughs]. However we weren’t. We have been new and we broke open numerous doorways for lots of bands at the moment. However that entire expertise was very surreal.
I bear in mind the occasions we’d present up at Instances Sq. and we tried to get out they usually needed to, like, decide us up like footballs and throw us in vehicles. Vehicles have been getting virtually tipped over and folks have been getting slammed. There have been so many individuals. At one level, we confirmed up there they usually made us depart city as a result of there have been, like, 10,000 children in Instances Sq.. Visitors couldn’t get by, and it was a giant scene. It was it was insane. It was so totally different.
Why do you assume the band linked like that then? As a result of, I imply, that’s like Beatlemania proper there.
DAVIS: It was. I believe there was no band on the time that children actually may… I believe they linked with, one, the sound and two what I used to be singing about. It felt like camaraderie of people who felt the identical approach. And “Hey, this man’s singing about this, I’m not alone.” And there was an actual deep emotional attachment to the band at the moment.
And I believe it’s confirmed to now — right here’s 27 years later, [we’re] nonetheless making data nonetheless promoting out sheds, and doing large, large issues. When it often doesn’t occur. It wasn’t extra, “Oh, that is my band.” It was extra of an emotional attachment and have become extra of a life-style. It was bizarre.
I used to be watching final evening, the competition the place we revealed the duvet [of 1999’s Issues] and simply… every little thing that was happening. It was insane. It was a good time.
Yeah, I discovered a video the place you’re in a Hummer, and also you’re being ushered out and it’s complete bedlam. There are police getting you guys into the studio. After which they interview a fan who’s so extremely nervous. She’s so excited to ask you a query, and you may inform that she’s a young person and it’s every little thing to her. It’s actually touching, actually, once you take a look at it now.
DAVIS: To today, there’s followers that say, “This band saved my life,” or, “This band helped me get by a horrible, horrible onerous time in my life.” That’s what makes all of it value it to me.
When individuals inform you that, what’s that like? I imply, how do you are feeling when individuals say that?
DAVIS: At first, it was overwhelming. I didn’t know what the fuck to do. I’m simply singing and getting out what I have to get out. However as I acquired older, it’s wonderful. It’s a reward. It’s something higher than cash or anything to really assist an individual get by a darkish time like that. And so they sincerely imply it; you may see it of their face after they’re telling you. It’s magic. It’s wonderful.
Scoring Queen Of The Damned (2002)
On the peak of Korn’s success, you wrote and produced the rating for Queen Of The Damned. How did you get entangled in that? And what was that like for you as an artist to do this?
DAVIS: I wished to department out and do various things, and I wished to attempt scoring films. And so I went with my supervisor. I walked into his workplace, and Richard Gibbs was sitting there. And he’s like, “Hey, that is Richard Gibbs. He scores films, I believe you two ought to get collectively and see what you may give you.”
So I went over to [Gibbs’] home. He wished to see if I had the knack… to color feelings with the music is principally what you do. He threw up a cue for me and is like, “Write what you are feeling there.” I did and he’s like, “Yeah, you are able to do this.”
We began hanging out and simply messed round. He was educating me movie scoring. After which the chance for Queen Of The Damned got here up. They wished to have us write unique music for the film as a result of that was going to dictate how they shot it, as a result of they have been going to do three music movies. After which they’d forged it. So we wrote the music, acquired that performed, they shot the film, after which we acquired employed to do the rating too. We took the fundamental themes from the rock songs and made them to attain with a 103-piece orchestra.
It was an incredible expertise. It was mind-blowing, simply having that many musicians and every little thing that went into it. It was an enormous factor that took a year-and-a-half of my life to make. However I’m very, very proud. It’s considered one of my proudest accomplishments, as a result of I did that rating with Richard. To today, individuals love that soundtrack and folks love the rating. And it’s stood the take a look at of time.
Sadly, Aaliyah handed. Me and Richard, we have been going to jot down a tune for her. That by no means acquired to occur. However it was all-around this wonderful expertise.
And also you additionally had a bunch of different vocalists sing on a few of your music.
DAVIS: We had to do this. It sucked and I used to be pissed, as a result of [Korn’s then-label] Epic wouldn’t launch me to be on the soundtrack. They stated I may do the film, however you may’t be on the soundtrack. So the one different possibility was, hey, we’ll get Warner Bros. artists and we’ll have them sing the songs and that’ll be on the soundtrack. And it labored; individuals preferred it. I nonetheless hope at some point I can launch these.
Korn Overlaying Metallica’s “One” For MTV Icon (2003)
You actually nailed that, and that’s an intense tune to start with. Did you select to do this tune?
DAVIS: We selected to [do that]. We [had] recorded it, after which they did the MTV Icon [special on Metallica]. All people will get to decide on a tune and we go, “We’re doing ‘One.’” And we did it, and it was enjoyable. We like doing covers, it’s enjoyable. It was cool to play it in entrance of them and see their faces.
Korn Overlaying Cameo’s “Phrase Up!” (2004)
Did you ever get to fulfill the band after doing the duvet?
DAVIS: I didn’t. That was unlucky. We used to do this cowl on a regular basis, even again within the early days after we’d soundcheck, individuals have been like, “Whoa, that’s so badass.”
The humorous factor about “Phrase Up!” — I sang the vocals at Peter Frampton’s studio at his home [Laughs].
How did that occur?
DAVIS: We have been on the street, and I needed to repair some stuff. And we stated, “We have to discover a studio the place we’re at.” I believe it was in Connecticut.” They go, “Effectively, there’s this studio right here.” And I present up, and it’s Peter Frampton home. The vocals have been performed there at his home. So fucking superior.
Was he house?
DAVIS: No. However it was Peter Frampton’s home, it’s so cool [Laughs].
You recognize you’re going to sound good as a result of it’s Peter Frampton’s home. Your vocals will sound superior. Did he have his platinum awards on his wall?
DAVIS: His guitars have been in there.
Korn Overlaying Radiohead’s “Creep” For MTV Unplugged (2007)
I believe this cowl shocked lots of people, as a result of they may not have realized your vocal craft. Many of the covers of the tune you hear are actually heavy and folks actually lean into it amplify the grunginess of the tune. You virtually went the wrong way and tapped into one thing totally different.
DAVIS: I imply, that’s an incredible tune. That tune is about [how] individuals picked on you and made you are feeling insufficient. In order that was superior to do this undertaking. Complete factor was insane too. We did that with Richard, my scoring accomplice, and included all types of stuff to make it work. However I actually did love that that model. And it was proper there with simply me and a glass harmonica. It was actually fragile.
Working With Skrillex On Korn’s The Path Of Totality (2011)
You selected Korn’s The Path Of Totality on this Amoeba Data video. Why do you gravitate towards that album? What makes it particular for you?
DAVIS: Simply because it was so totally different. It was a combination of digital and heavy music, simply the proper match between each. And after I first heard, you understand, bass music, it was so heavy and I used to be like, “Oh my God, we acquired to do one thing like this, combine these two issues collectively.”
And the primary particular person I referred to as was Skrillex to see if he would do it. As a result of I used to be a giant fan of his band From First To Final. He’s like, “Positive.” We didn’t know if we have been going to make a document or not. However after we did “Get Up!” and “Chaos Lives In The whole lot,” we have been like, “Now we have to make a document.”
So then we connected with Excision after which these guys hooked us up with Kill The Noise and all types of various different bass-heavy music. It was simply such an enormous departure, and that’s why I cherished it.
I believe individuals overlook how mind-blowing that music sounded when it got here out. Like when dubstep was developing — it appeared like nothing else on the market. It was like rock music had been a number of many years earlier than.
DAVIS: Yeah, it was one thing totally different. And that’s what Korn does: We attempt to do various things. I imply, so many individuals copied what we did early [Laughs]. We’re all the time developing with new issues and new methods to current ourselves, however that’s what makes it enjoyable. When you do the identical previous factor, it’s going to get boring and it’s not gonna be good.
What did you study from collaborating with Skrillex?
DAVIS: I really like his sound design and he’s actually musical and I preferred working with him. He’s only a good musician. I don’t know if I discovered something from him, however it was enjoyable enjoying with him.
Overlaying Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” With Asking Alexandria (2014)
What was it like channeling your internal—or not-so-inner—Simon Le Bon?
DAVIS: The primary time I met Simon Le Bon I virtually fell over. I met him at this bar in London referred to as Browns, I believe it was referred to as on the time. I walked up and stated, “Man, I simply need to meet you. You have been my idol after I was a child, and I really like Duran Duran.” And he goes, “Title a tune.” I’m like, “Jesus, OK, what tune?” He goes, “What’s your favourite tune?” I’m going, “The Chauffeur.” And he goes, “How previous are you?” And I advised him how previous I used to be, and he did the mathematics and goes, “Yeah, about proper.” That was the primary time we talked! [Laughs.]
After which afterward, after we offered out Wembley Area — Simon and Robert Smith and Gary Numan all confirmed up. So I’m having a fucking coronary heart assault. After that I made the reference to Robert Smith to do the Unplugged factor.
So I’ve to return and ask: Gary Numan, Simon Le Bon, and Robert Smith confirmed up. What did you do? Did you discuss to them?
DAVIS: I used to be shedding my shit. I actually rapidly stated hello, as a result of I needed to prepare, and it takes some time for me to prepare for a present. However it was cool.
After which after that I acquired to hang around with Simon, in order that was superior. One other time, me and my agent went out. We went to this place referred to as Ciro’s, which is in London. It’s a pizza place. And I acquired to exit and hang around with Simon all evening. We ate pizza and frolicked and watched individuals play. It was wonderful once you get to fulfill your idols. That was fucking wonderful. I’ll always remember that.
Did you guys discuss music? What did you discuss? That’s unimaginable.
DAVIS: Simply music… and [we] simply frolicked. Like dudes hang around. We have been consuming pizza, simply speaking about tour. It was a kind of nights I’ll always remember. And plus I don’t need to discuss an excessive amount of — I don’t need to bug him [Laughs].
As a musician, what sort of musical methods did you study from Duran Duran?
DAVIS: I used to be impressed by the melody. I really like their melody. It was very poppy and totally different. Inside Korn, there’s this heavy music in opposition to these poppy melodies. Discovering my voice, all of it labored out.
Guesting On Suicide Silence’s “Witness The Habit” (2011)
You probably did a tune with Suicide Silence, they usually’re simply one of many youthful bands that’s actually been impressed by Korn. The place else do you see the band’s affect in trendy music?
DAVIS: I don’t wish to say, as a result of then I come off like a pompous ass slightly bit. I believe we impressed loads with the seven-string guitar, that sound, and I believe I made it OK for individuals to take care of their feelings and sing about them.
I’m not saying I used to be the one one who did that — the fucking god of that was Kurt Cobain. Even earlier than that in all this rock music. I simply assume I touched on one thing was slightly bit extra intense, and folks have been impressed by it.
However I don’t need to declare any form of credit score like that. I believe we began a brand new sound and a brand new form of music, sure — however I believe it was all of the people who have been impressed by it that took it, ran with it, that made it what it turned. After which right here I’m later — and we survived all of it.