Yesterday (June 27th) Korn announced their forthcoming 13th album The Nothing and dropped its lead single “You’ll Never Find Me.” That same day, frontman Jonathan Davis sat down with Kerrang! to discuss the LP and other topics, including the music that is currently inspiring, the group’s history of cover songs, and his feelings on Korn being classified as a “nu-metal” band.
“I used to get so pissed off, but I don’t fucking care anymore. I swear to god,” he says on the last subject. “Call us whatever the fuck you want, I don’t care. I used to fight and be pissed ‘How could you can call us that?’
“In the beginning, in 1993 and 94 when it came out, we were not a metal band. A metal band was like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden — and all due respect to them, that’s what they were. But we weren’t a metal band and that’s what they were trying to lump us into.
“And so we went out and they tried to stick us on all these different tours. I mean we were opening up for Pennywise and No Doubt. We opened up for KMFDM, just all these different bands … And it just seemed like the metal community took us in, and that was great and we were doing our thing.
“And then all the little copycat bands started coming out and then it became a movement and then it became nu-metal. So that’s how that happened, but whatever. Who gives a fuck? I don’t anymore.”
Watch the full Q&A below. The Nothing, which is available for pre-order now, is due on September 13th via Roadrunner Record/Elektra.