Australia’s ACCTV recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On what makes KORN fans so loyal:
Brian: “I think it’s because the content of KORN‘s lyrics and a lot of our fans have been through something really intense, so they relate to our singer [Jonathan Davis] a lot and then the sound we create, the foundation for his vocals just brings it all about. I think they’re encouraged they can get through things in life, like we can. The lyrics say we can. They can; it’s true. It’s completely humbling just to know that we help so many people keep fighting to move on.”
On the response to his “Loud Krazy Love” documentary, which is about his relationship with his daughter Jennea:
Brian: “We’ve gotten just a lot of applause afterwards, so they’re really connecting with it. Really, a lot of hurting people seem to really love it and feel really emotional after they watch it. That’s the main thing that it’s got, is that it’s a healing tool. It’s a hope tool and a healing tool, so that’s the biggest thing.”
On why he decided to share such a personal story:
Brian: “I would say it was getting the right team together. I’ve been pretty open since leaving the band and finding my faith and everything. I’m like ‘Just talk about everything.’ Because, we all got to get through stuff and I want to talk about it because it can help someone else.”
On what’s different playing with KORN since he rejoined the band in 2013:
Brian: “It’s just like a huge feeling of gratefulness now. Before, it was, ‘Wow, this is happening. How cool! I’m just young and dumb. I didn’t know I was this awesome.’ That’s how it was before. Now, it’s, like, ‘Wow, what a gift we’ve been given.’ We realize, now that the party is done, about how much that we have a connection with people and that it’s a really huge gift. And it’s sometimes a lot of work, but the money is good, but that’s not the real payoff. The payoff is just the connection and everything. But money is good, too — I’m not going to lie. But sometimes we feel like it’s hard to even spend it, ’cause we’re always traveling and going and going. But we’ve got nice hotels and everything, so it’s a balance. But we keep the heart right now. ‘Cause it’s just about trying to do some good in the world — all of us, not just me.”
On what currently inspires him:
Brian: “[Jesus] Christ, I’m convinced is what the world has been given to make everything perfect again. I’m convinced of it. I’ve had encounters with him. He’s so amazing that he’s not so… He is perfect, but he brings us so close to him that he calls us his body. He’s, like, ‘Hey, everything that I am, I’m gonna give to you. And I’m the head, I’m the king of this whole thing, but you’re the body.’ It’s just like a vine — he says, ‘Remain in me as a branch remains in a vine.’ Just picture a vine. It’s not separated. He used that analogy. It’s just such a mystical, cool thing that’s so real. So that’s my biggest inspiration. My other inspiration is my daughter, just seeing her go towards a positive place in life and never forget where she was to where she is now. And even the guys in KORN. My singer is really inspiring me now, because he just went through tragedy last year [editor’s note: Davis‘s estranged wife passed away last August], and he’s using all of the pain just to become a better person, better dad, better singer, just using it all and pouring everything [out]. It’s like it’s all for a purpose. But there’s a lot. I like documentaries. I like to watch them. There’s a lot of inspiration out there if you’re looking. I try not to waste my time on the garbage out there, whether it’s on TV or whatever, but I try to get inspired by anything and everything. I like to listen to spiritual teachers and read a lot, so that helps me a lot.”
Produced by I Am Second Media and Ditore Mayo Entertainment, “Loud Krazy Love” documents the remarkable and touching true story of Welch and his daughter.
“Loud Krazy Love” is directed by first-time feature filmmakers Scott Mayo and Trey Hill and produced by John Humphrey and Samuel Ditore of Ditore Mayo Entertainment.
KORN and ALICE IN CHAINS will embark on an epic co-headline amphitheater tour across North America this summer. UNDEROATH will join as special guest on all dates, with HO99O9 and FEVER 333 opening on select dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 30-city outing will kick off July 18 in Del Valle, Texas at Austin360 Amphitheatre and make stops in Dallas, Nashville, Toronto, Denver and more before wrapping September 4 in Mountain View, California at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
KORN is currently working on material for a new album, tentatively due in the fall. The follow-up to 2016’s “The Serenity Of Suffering”, which is once again being produced by Nick Raskulinecz, will feature songwriting collaborations with GOLDFINGER‘s John Feldmann, while BLINK-182‘s Travis Barker recorded the “temporary drums” on some of the early demos.