Willow is an artist driven to not define herself by any one label. Her music stylistically covers everything from pop to rock, and even that of nu metal.
Via a recent conversation with Rolling Stone’s Music Now podcast, Willow spoke to a variety of subjects, with one involving the nu metal bands that have inspired her latest studio album (titled Coping Mechanism). As you have seen by now, the three bands she specifically highlights are System of a Down, Deftones, and Korn. Prior to this recent conversation, Willow has been vocal about how much she likes the Deftones, going as far as to share that she would love to collaborate with band frontman Chino Moreno.
Speaking to the nu metal bands that inspired her latest album, here is what Willow shared: “That album Toxicity? Yo, I don’t think there are any words to describe it. Serj [Tankian] is a very spiritually connected human being, and you can feel it so potently.… And also, the Deftones, just the dichotomy of the really hard guitars and the darkness, but then also the feral vocal and the softness and the almost tenderness of his vocal is profound. Those two dichotomies dancing — the dichotomy is just so beautiful. And Korn all day, every day! System of a Down, Deftones, even Radiohead was a slight inspiration for this album as well.”
Those are some pretty awesome influences! Have you by any chance checked out Willow’s new album Coping Mechanism? It is pretty good! Per a past interview she was involved in, Willow spoke about how music is a form of activism, and what it means to her to be a black woman performing in the world of rock.
Speaking of nu metal, did you know that Korn singer Jonathan Davis hated that people associated the band with the genre?