KORN guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer was interviewed by the Talk To Me Project in late August, when the band played Kiev, Ukraine. In the clip below, he talks about his personal musical tastes, how KORN saved his and singer Jonathan Davis‘ lives, celebrities he’s been mistaken for, and more.
KORN‘s latest album, “The Path Of Totality”, saw the band teaming up with dubstep producers and DJs to add a whole new electronic layer to their sound. Munky said in a recent interview that while KORN‘s sound will continue to evolve, it is unlikely that the band’s next CD will sound its predecessor. “We’re just in the beginning phases of starting to think about our new album,” he said. “It will probably lean more rock than the last one.”
Munky, however, did not rule out the possibility of once again collaborating with other artists. “In terms of collaborations, we’re just getting started in terms of thinking about it, so we’ll have to see,” he said.
Despite the fact that KORN was widely credited for launching the “nu-metal” movement of the late 1990s, the band has been reluctant to embrace the tag, preferring instead to carve its own musical path.
“We’ve never considered ourselves ‘nu-metal’, or any particular genre for that matter,” Munky explained. “When we came out, certain media outlets coined that phrase to group all these bands together, but we’ve always tried to do our own thing. We love metal, but also incorporate hip-hop, funk, electronic music, and try to keep challenging ourselves to be different and push our own boundaries with our music.”