A real ‘Paradigm Shift’ for Korn

Korn play the Electric Factory (421 N. 7th Street) tonight at 8:30. Credit: Sebastien Paquet
Korn is on tour with a new album, “The Paradigm Shift.”
Credit: Sebastien Paquet

Jonathan Davis isn’t too concerned about creating a commercially successful album these days.

“We don’t get worked up over that anymore since we’ve already established ourselves,” says the Korn singer. “If you want to buy our record, buy it. If not, that’s cool. We’re not worried about labels anymore because we always know we can put a record out. Back in the day we definitely felt that pressure. But not anymore.”

Their new album is “The Paradigm Shift,” and the band has recently gone through a paradigm shift of their own with the return of founding member Brian “Head” Welch, whose deep detuned guitars first helped put Korn in the enviable position of not worrying about who buys their albums.

How did the return of Brian “Head” Welch come about?
He showed up at a show we were playing at Carolina Rebellion, and we asked him to come onstage and play a song with us. When he did, the crowd was so emotional. People were crying and so much s— was going on that I think he realized it was time to come back. … It’s like he never left! It’s been really great.

You worked with producer Don Gilmore on this album, who has been known for working with a lot of poppier acts like Avril Lavigne and Sugar Ray, to name a few. How was it to work with him?
We really, really liked working with Don. It was a lot of fun. At first he was a little hard to read, but we broke him down through the process. That’s when he started acting like a kid and having fun with us.

Being a band for 20 years now, how has your audience evolved over the years?
I think our audience has grown with us. But then also, we have a lot of new fans too. We see a lot of kids in the crowd as well as older people, so it’s really cool. Our music has transferred over a couple decades and touched different people.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.

Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

Movies

Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Movies

Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

MLB

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…