“there was de­bauch­ery and nIp­ple pIerc­Ings!”

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Korn -

Along with toby Wright, Grammy-win­ning pro­ducer Steve thomp­son was charged with get­ting the best sound from Korn for their third al­bum. It was no easy task… HOW DID YOU GET THE JOB? STEVE:

“I went to lA with my man­ager and we met in a re­hearsal stu­dio. I could tell that they’d in­ter­viewed tons of peo­ple and were ready to go back with Ross, so I said, ‘Why don’t we work on one song and see if the chem­istry is there? I wanna get the essence of the band and turn it up to 11.’ So I said to Jonathan, ‘I wanna make sure that when peo­ple hear you sing they feel your pain and emo­tion.’ He gave it so much that at the end of the per­for­mance, he lit­er­ally passed out. they def­i­nitely stepped up to the ta­ble.”

HOW WAS IT WORK­ING WITH THE GUEST STARS?

“I orig­i­nally wanted B-Real from cy­press Hill to do the song We Are Fam­ily with Jonathan, but I had a big fight with columbia be­cause cy­press Hill were just putting out a new record and they didn’t want it to con­flict. I said, ‘With all due re­spect, you’re fuck­ing wrong! this al­bum’s gonna be huge!’ Mean­while, Fred Durst was hang­ing out in the stu­dio ev­ery day, so Jonathan de­cided to do the song with him. It just made me crazy, be­cause I made a song that was more com­mer­cial, but as soon as Jonathan and Fred got to­gether it was, ‘My dick is big­ger than your dick’, and there goes the com­mer­cial­ity of that song. I did get to smoke a joint with cheech, though!”

WHY DID YOU HAVE TO MISS SOME OF THE SES­SIONS?

“We spent six months on the al­bum, work­ing very long hours, and I got run down and de­vel­oped bron­chi­tis. I had to go on med­i­ca­tion and the doc­tor said I would have to stay in bed for a cou­ple of days. the al­bum was al­most done at that point. We had the record la­bel pres­i­dent and ex­ec­u­tives come in for a lis­ten­ing ses­sion be­fore I got sick, and they were blown away.”

WHAT WAS THE AT­MOS­PHERE LIKE IN THE STU­DIO?

“It was ab­so­lutely in­sane! We did Korn tV ev­ery thurs­day in the stu­dio, and we had de­bauch­ery like you wouldn’t be­lieve. they were do­ing nip­ple pierc­ings and we had tons of bands come in, from orgy to Mar­i­lyn

Man­son to Primus. the stu­dio was a cir­cus, and nor­mally I don’t like to work that way, but the band were more com­fort­able with that ap­proach so I let it go. It was very stressful, be­cause I’m a per­fec­tion­ist, and

I wanted to make this record sec­ond to none. the idea with this al­bum was, ‘let’s ex­per­i­ment and go out of the box.’ Per­son­ally, I think it holds the test of time.”

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