Why Korn’s Jonathan Davis doesn’t scat more often

Korn are without a doubt one of the most distinctive bands in heavy music history, and much of their uniqueness is the result of frontman Jonathan Davis’ many talents. The singer admitted that he doesn’t scat or play bagpipes much anymore, and explained why in an interview with the daily beast.

Funny enough, “scat singing” actually originated in the jazz genre, according to the jazz academy. Jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald were known for their ability to create “wordless syllables and sounds” as a means of vocal improvisation.

Davis has used his signature scatting on many previous Korn albums, but not so much on more recent ones. He also occasionally takes out the bagpipes when the band performs live, but only occasionally.

“I could do this shit for hours. I don’t do a lot of bagpipes and I don’t do a lot of fucking scat because everyone wants me to, and if I do too much it’s gonna burn out “, said the singer. Explain. “When I do it, it’s special. I do it on every record, it’s just one song and not everything.”

Fans of another act won’t see Davis or Korn involved much more playing their 1994 debut album in full, which they did on their 2014 tour to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary. The frontman recalled that he revisited much of his childhood trauma when the band wrote the album, and the final product was quite grim as a result.

“It was taboo back then to talk about that shit. But whatever. I had to put it out. It helped a lot of people. It was a crazy time, and when I think about that record…it’s a such a fucking dark record,” he acknowledged. “We played it in its entirety in 2014, for its 20th anniversary, and we all walked off stage and looked at each other and said, ‘God, this record is dark’. We didn’t have it played in its entirety for ages. And I don’t want to play that record again. Damn no.

Korn’s tour with Chevelle and Code Orange continues tonight (March 11) in Greensboro, NC. Check out the dates here, and maybe you’ll get a chance to catch the lucky show where Davis brings back some of his abilities.

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