Ugly Scene Magazine recently interviewed Ray Luzier.
Ugly Scene: There was a comment from Jonathan that he believed that nu metal was going to die and it was going to merge with all this other different styles. Do you think that is what happened with the new album?
Ray: To me it's not that far out there. Korn has always had that element of hip hop rap and funk. They were doing this stuff way back in the day. To me this record is just extreme. I don't even like the word nu metal. Korn to me is just Korn. They have always had their own style and we have our own style as a band together and it's cool to branch off and be creative and go off the deep end and take chances. Skrillex didn't blow up until a year or so ago and we have been working with people like that and to me it's something we feel which one good thing that I think that makes the longevity about Korn is there is no half assing, there is no faking. We believe every step we do and the fans know that. They are smart, they are not stupid. I think when you try to start following trends that's when it's time to call it.
Ugly Scene: One of the purposes for Ugly Scene is looking at the other side of glam. That comes from the idea that music is inspiring and music can, in my opinion, save someone's life. Also that if a person hears someone that they look up to musically talk about certain issues they can get the help they need. Would you like to talk about anything regarding this?
Ray: I do drum clinics worldwide and I speak a lot. I'm not a motivational speaker but I am an encouraging, positive speaker at my clinics. I'm one of the few rockers that you will ever meet that have never done one drug in my life and I'm very proud to say that. I tried pot one time at a very young age and it didn't work for me. I have a glass of red wine but I've never had an addiction problem. I'm around tons of recovering addicts in all my bands and have been since I moved to L.A. twenty four years ago. The band I'm in right now they have all dealt with stuff in the past. STP guys, David Lee Roth, I was in C.C. DeVille's band, Poison, way back in the day, Stephen Pearcy from Ratt. Everyone that I was in a band with they have all had something and I think that is what made me not want to do it. I saw their lives pummeling into the earth and loose houses and loose family members and sometimes their own lives. It's always one of those things that I don't try to preach it or try to shove it down someone's throat like check me out I never did drugs. But if there is a parent in the crowd and their kids are there I want to be a positive influence. I think it's important to bring it up and I think it's great what you are doing. Don't do drugs and kids don't be stupid it gets you nowhere.
Read the full interview at UglyScene.com.