ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with KORN bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu about STILLWELL — the new band featuring Fieldy on guitar, Q on vocals, Wuv (P.O.D.) on drums and Spider on bass. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
ARTISTdirect.com: Was there an instant chemistry between all of you?
Fieldy: We’re definitely on the same page. It all clicks that way when STILLWELL is recording. When you hit the stage, there’s nothing you can do but get experience. Playing live is so different than making a record, and it’s such a challenge. Back in the day, KORN weren’t always good [Laughs]. We were so sloppy, and we had to work everything out. Nowadays, we have YouTube, which kind of sucks because if you have a bad show it’s on YouTube that night [Laughs]. Back when we started, we had the grace to play shows and get tight.
ARTISTdirect.com: How did you make [STILLWELL‘s cover version of LED ZEPPELIN‘s] “Whole Lotta Love” your own?
Fieldy: It’s such a simple song, but it’s not. It’s very unique. I didn’t want to take some classic song and change much to it. However, I always wanted to change it [Laughs]. When you change a song too much, it makes people mad. We left it the same, but I did it on a seven-string guitar which brings it down an octave lower. It’s really heavy sounding, but it’s the same exact tuning as LED ZEPPELIN. It sounds so heavy on a seven-string. We sped it up just a little bit. I didn’t want to go too much because you throw people off that way. We shortened the middle section. That’s really all we did.
ARTISTdirect.com: How is the new KORN music coming along?
Fieldy: It’s so soon and new that we haven’t gotten down to do much. When you’re in the beginning stages and you’re reinventing yourself, it’s too hard to say where it’s going to go. I think it’s definitely going to be mind-blowing because we’re obviously doing something that’s out there. The one song we’ve messed with I’ve never gotten a response like this from people before. It’s going to be something fresh and new from KORN. They’ll know and identify that’s KORN.
Read the entire interview from ARTISTdirect.com.
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