New Festival Date: Monsters of Rock in São Paulo, Brazil
Monday 17 June 2013 - 08:04:06
Monsters of Rock have confirmed today that Korn will be performing at the festival. Monsters of Rock will take place in São Paulo, Brazil on October 19 and 20. Other bands scheduled to perform include Slipknot, Aerosmith and Whitesnake.
Songfacts.com sat down with Brian "Head" Welch for an interview before starting Korn's 2013 tour.
Songfacts: As far as the seven-string guitar thing that you and Munky trailblazed/popularized in rock music, what was the beginning of that?
Brian: The seven-string sound?
Songfacts: Yeah. Just the seven-string and also the trademark Korn sound where it's a low tuning, and the riffs are rubbery-sounding.
Brian: Yeah. That was mainly Munky and Fieldy, back in like '92, when they were in another band called Creep. Fieldy got a five string bass, so Munky found out and then they decided that he should get one of those seven-strings that Steve Vai had [the Ibanez Universe], so they got that. But they were kind of funk rock, so they would have funky songs and mix it with rock and stuff. Then for a bridge part, they would go to that low string.
When I joined the band, we switched the sound from the funk rock to just basically groove rock, like Pantera or like Prong, just like the groovy riffs. But everything was on that low string. So they started it and then we perfected it, once Korn really got all its members.
Songfacts: And right now, you're in rehearsals with Korn, right?
Brian: Yeah. I just got finished, and now we're at the producer's house finishing the last song on guitar as we speak, we're wrapping up.
Songfacts: Yes, I was going to ask how the recording is going.
Brian: Oh, man. Mind blowing. This record is my favorite record by far from Korn. By far it's my favorite record. It's a new sound, and I'm so pleased with it.
And the rehearsals are great. I was worried about so many songs - these guys play for like an hour and a half and I've been playing for 20, 30 minutes for three years, four years, so I'm like, "Dang, I've got to learn all these songs and we've only got like seven practices or something like that." And, dude, it just came back so quick. It was just like riding a bike.
Korn stuff is not real technical. It's just like the pedals: you've got to go to clean channel, you've got to go to the chorus pedal, you've got to reverb and all this. So the pedals are the main thing. I had to remember what I'm going to hit and the timing of the song and all that.
So once I got that down, it's smooth. And I'm telling you, it's been the most positive vibe we've ever had in this band, and it's really refreshing.