Korn frontman Jonathan Davis did an interview with Kerrang! where he looked back on the making of their fourth album ‘Issues’. It was also the first album he had recorded sober.
‘Issues’ was released on November 16th, 1999 and is one of Korn’s most successful albums. It sold almost 575,000 copies in the first week of it’s release and went to number one on the Billboard 200. ‘Issues’ eventually went on to go triple platinum.
Reflecting back Davis said: “‘Issues’ was 1999 and ‘Follow the Leader’ was 1998. We wanted to be like Led Zeppelin putting a record out every year, which is what they did back then.
“We’d tour, do a cycle, and do another record… Untouchables was the longest we took to make a record. ‘Issues‘ was crazy – that was my first record sober.
“I did it cold turkey, no rehab, no nothing – I didn’t know what was going on, I was going insane. Now I look back, I realize I was detoxing, but at the time I thought I was really going mad.”
Davis continued: “That whole record is about that – the interludes in between were the weird thoughts in my head.
“That album was fun to make; we did it really quickly with Brendan O’Brien. We did it at A&M Studios in Hollywood then went to Atlanta to finish it up and then boom, back out.”
Davis was then asked about how it was going into the studio for the first time sober.
“Nerve-wracking, it was so different. I was so used to being drunk because that would take away my inhibitions; I can be myself, I can freak the fuck out and it won’t matter. Now I’m sober, fuck. Most of the art that came out [previously], I was on something that breaks down that filter, so I had to learn how to deal and be creative again, but I was going through it. Brendan helped me, he was really quick. We did that record in four months, but that’s the kind of producer he was.”
You can check out the full interview with Kerrang! here.