KORN Guitarist: ‘We Have 15 New Songs Written’

Sammi Chichester of Revolver magazine recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Revolver: How and when did [your side project] FEAR AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM come together?

Munky: We started in 2008. It was really just me trying to get into the studio and write some songs. KORN had taken a bit of a break and my dad was in really bad health and so I just wanted to get into the studio and stay busy. It was my way of dealing with it. I didn’t have songs. I had a few ideas so I started hiring musicians

Revolver: How do you know Billy Gould from FAITH NO MORE and Brooks Wackerman from BAD RELIGION, and why have they phased out from the band?

Munky: I hired these guys, you know? And they also did it as a favor. KORN has worked with Brooks Wackerman when we did the [2007] Untitled album. I remember thinking when I did want to get a project going, I wanted to have him involved. These guys are still into this which is great because they weren’t able to tour with me because of their schedules. Brooks is with BAD RELIGION and TENACIOUS D. Billy is with another project he has called THE TALKING BOOK. I hope to make a record with these guys again.

Revolver: With KORN vocalist Jonathan Davis busy with his electronic music, and you busy with this band, what is the future of KORN?

Munky: We have 15 new KORN songs written, which is really cool. I mean, they’re not complete songs, but we are in the process of finding a producer and trying to find the right balance of what we want with these songs, how to present them. We have massive choruses and we have riff sections. We’re kind of waiting for Jonathan to put lyric ideas on them so we can move into the recording process.

Read the entire interview from Revolver magazine.


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