Korn in no hurry to replace departed members
Denver Westworld recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Westworld: You said the first batch of songs didn’t have live drums on them. Was that because of David [Silveria]‘s departure?
Munky: Even on the “See You On the Other Side” album, the drums were programmed to a lot of the songs to the guitar riffs I had written, and then David had come in and retracked the drums and made them better. So that’s how they started out again, and since David isn’t with us, we had Brooks Wackerman come in and rerecord those four songs we wanted to put on the album.
Westworld: David’s departure and Brian’s [Welch, guitar] departure not that much earlier meant that there was a lot going on in the band. Had you guys thought about adding two permanent members? Or was the timing such that it didn’t make sense in that short a period of time?
Munky: The timing was definitely a factor. It’s hard because these are members who were with the band for fifteen years, and they’re brothers. If your brother leaves home, you don’t just go out and get a new brother. And that’s how it is. Until we find the right people, I think it’ll just be the three of us for the moment.
Westworld: So you’re not opposed to adding new permanent members, but you want it to be organic, as opposed to lining up a bunch of players and having auditions?
Munky: Yeah. That’s not our style.