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Biography

KoRn are:-

Jonathan Davis:

Vocals, Bagpipes

James Shaffer (Munky):

Guitar

Brian Welch (Head):

Guitar

Reginald Arvizu (Fieldy):

Bass Guitar

David Silveria: 

Drums

 

KoRn was formed, from members of two different bands ("SexArt" and "LAPD"), in 1993.  Jonathan Davis (Vocals and Bagpipes for KoRn) was the front man and vocalist for "Sexart".  However, the rest of KoRn's current line-up consists purely of members that started off in "LAPD".  These members are: James Shaffer, Brian Welch, Reginald Arvizu and David Silveria.  According to "Munky", KoRn's sound was born and developed in LAPD ("Blind" was originally an LAPD song) although it was not complete until the vocal duties were given to Jonathan Davis.

The bandmates of KoRn, as we now know them, first crossed paths at a bar in "Bakersfield".  Munky and Head were out, and went to the bar that "SexArt" were playing in.  They stayed for a while, but as the band came on, they decided to leave.  However, once they had reached the door, they heard Jonathan Davis's voice, turned around, and watched the whole set.  Having had troubles within their band (they no longer had a vocalist) they approached Jonathan with an offer that would change his life.  At first, Jonathan did not want to try out for the band.  However, a psychic told him that he would be stupid not to try it out.   So, going against his own judgement, Jonathan tried out for the band and, as Munky put it, "just clicked".  Now that the new band had been formed, they needed a new name.  Then, one day, the name "KoRn" just popped into Jonathan's head, and the rest of the band loved it.

KoRn went on to record a demo tape ("Niedermeyer's Mind") consisting of 4 tracks.  These tracks were: "Blind", "Predictable", "Daddy" and "Alive".  On KoRn's debut album, "Predictable" remained very much the same as it was on the demo tape.   However, both "Blind" and "Daddy" were very different.  On KoRn's debut, "Blind" was much more rap-influenced than on the demo, as was "Daddy".  After gigging, and forming a small gathering, KoRn started searching for a record deal.  They impressed many people at many companies, but did not want to sign to any of them, because they feared that they would have to conform to the label's needs or desires.  Then, along came "Immortal Records".   This label did not want to change the way that KoRn sounded, and shortly, as a result of which, KoRn were signed to them.

KoRn's debut, "KoRn", introduced itself bluntly to the world.   Particulary noticeable was the way that many musical influences were incorporated into KoRn's sound.  Such influences as hip hop, rap, and even 70's funk have been blended and mutated into the sound that is KoRn.  Particulary noticeable are the spooky guitar lines, provided by Munky and Head.  KoRns sound has become so distinctive because of the trademark 7-string guitars that both Munky and Head use.   This gives them much more scope to play with lower pitched, heavier sounds which contribute so much towards KoRn's sound.  Jonathan's voice has also become a very distinctive part of KoRn.  His emotional, angst ridden lyrics are sang with such emotion and power that fans cannot help but feel compassion and respect for him.

KoRn's first album, KoRn, was released in 1994 and went double platinum.  From the hard hitting riff of "Ball-Tongue", to the slow, devastating "Daddy", fans were mesmerised by the emotion and sentiment that went into the album.  Also on the album were KoRn's show opening "Blind" and "Faggot" (a song about how Jonathan, as a child, had always been outcasted and labeled "Gay" by his peers ).  Infact, the whole album was a metaphor for childhood: from the picture of the girl on the front cover, to the childish text font used on the cover, with the reversed "R", the way that a child often writes letters the wrong way around when they are learning to spell.  However, KoRn did not let the new-found success go to their heads.  Realising that their fans were the livelihood of the band, KoRn continued to tour, building a following and a name for the underground rock scene.

In 1996, KoRn released their second album, "Life Is Peachy".  From the bizarre "Twist" to the heavy "Good God", KoRn had produced another fine album and had surpassed the quality of music set on their first album.   "Life Is Peachy" went double platinum, and is still selling well amongst fans to this very day.

1998 was a very busy year for KoRn.  As well as finishing their 3rd studio album, "Follow The Leader", they embarked on a number of side projects.  These included setting up their own rock festival, "The Family Values Tour", their own record label, "Elementree records", and launching a weekly internet show, "KoRn T.V.".  During the making of "Follow The Leader", KoRn made sure that they combined elements from both of their previous albums, and their music swayed more towards hip-hop than they previously had done.  The album had a much crisper, cleaner sound than the previous two, and included guest appearances from such people as Ice Cube and Fred Durst, from "Limp-Bizkit" , to Cheech Marin.   "Follow The Leader" was a smash hit and went tripple platinum.  The first single "Got The Life" was constantly played on the radio, as was their second single "Freak On A Leash" (which also won awards for the best music video).

In 2000, KoRn released their 4th studio album, "Issues".  Straying back towards their roots ("Issues" was much less hip-hop influenced than "Follow The Leader") "Issues" contained more of the trademark, KoRn style, riffs that everyone had grown to love of the first and second album.  However, unlike the first two albums, "Issues" still had a very clean, crisp sound (The same as that of "Follow The Leader") which led to an even better album than the previous three.  The artwork on "Issues" was submitted, along with many other entries, to a competition set up by KoRn.  The winner was to get their picture on the front of the album, recieve copies of the album before it was officially released, meet the band and many other prizes.  The lucky winner of the competition was "Alfredo Carlos" and his artwork has since become a logo that KoRn use and probably will continue to do so for a long time.