December 15, 2014

Jonathan Davis has said in a new Rolling Stone article on the 20th anniversary of Korn’s first album that he gave up a good job and took drugs and alcohol while recording the group’s iconic self-titled 1994 debut. The singer explained, “I had to quit my job where I was making real money as a mortician, and had my own house, to having nothing — working at a pizza place and living under some stairs.”

Korn Jonathan Davis

Davis once said that he’d still be in that business if he wasn’t a musician: “I’d probably be a coroner investigator. I went to mortuary college, you know, and worked in funeral homes and worked at the coroner’s office doing autopsies, but I really wanted to be an investigator. That’s really what I wanted to do, other than be in a band.”

Davis added that he spent most of the recording sessions either drunk or high on meth, saying, “I was 23, I think. That’s when you’re Superman, when that s**t doesn’t affect you. I got sober when I was 28, around when I started getting the bad hangovers and couldn’t do that s**t anymore or I was going to die.”

Although Korn’s first album is one of the most influential heavy rock/metal records of the past two decades, Davis admitted that he never felt like a metal musician, saying, “I never felt like I was a metal dude to begin with. My favorite band was Duran Duran — I was a child of the ’80s and I loved more of the gothic and romantic s**t”.

Korn will perform its first album from front to back at selected shows on the band’s upcoming tour schedule.