The Serenity of Suffering is Korn’s twelfth studio album; amongst its redemptive gems is A Different World, which features Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. According to Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, it’s a collab that’s been just waiting to happen.
“I was sitting in the studio trying to think of who I wanted to collaborate with, ‘cause we wanted to make sure that happened on this record,” JD ponders. “I couldn’t think of anybody. I think Nick [Raskulinecz, Producer] ended up suggesting [Corey]. So I messaged [him] and said, ‘I heard you’re in town. Do you want to be on a Korn song?’ He’s like, ‘F-ck yeah, when and where?’”
Grammy Award-winning Raskulinecz has been working with Korn for as long as Jonathan can remember, and he’s the one responsible for everyone “getting their sh-t together – you need people to do that sh-t, and it came out really good. He really was pushing the group to do their best, and write the best sh-t, and that’s exactly what happened. I had a good time working with him; he’s got a good ear. He put the time in, doing different arrangements with the guys, and really pushed them in different directions. It ended up being a heavier record. For me, it was cool to try and re-visit that and embrace that again. It had been a while since I was in that mindset. It was awesome. He’s a great producer.”
Whether they’ll be bringing this new album on an Australian tour, though, remains to be seen. The Californian five-piece hasn’t been out here for a while, and JD is pretty sad about it. “I don’t know what happened, but it sucks, ‘cause we play there usually every two or three years,” he explains. “I love it down there. I’ve been going there f-cking half my life. I can’t wait to get back there soon. So as soon as they figure out a promoter that can come up with the money to do it all, we’ll be there.” (It’s a pity Soundwave is no more: the afore-mentioned Corey Taylor recently hit out at AJ Maddah, promoter of the now-kaput festival, who has brought both Slipknot and Korn to Australia in previous years.)
So then, what’s on the current playlist? “I’m listening to all kinds of Donny Hathaway,” JD says. “Old R&B and funk I’ve been listening to a lot.” Not what you expected? You’re not the only one. ”I’m not the metal guy in the band; everybody knows this,” the singer says. “That’s why the band works so well. We all love different types of music – I’m a huge fan of Duran Duran. I’ve been re-discovering real music. I’m really f-cking fascinated by listening to musicians that can actually play their instruments and sing – just sh-t with a soul. A lot of people forgot about that magic. Remember that? How we all used to listen to and enjoy music? People seem to forget to take the time to actually really listen to the music.”