KoЯn is an American nu metal / hardcore band from Bakersfield California, formed in 1993. Through out the years, KoЯn has sold over 19 million records world wide, sold out concerts, always staying true to their style and sound. Not until their latest release “The Path Of Totality” which features artists such as Skrillex, Noisia, Excision, Kill The Noise, Downlink, 12 Planet, and Feed Me. Not only is this a huge collaboration but a total revolution for KoЯn. This record takes you on a sonic ride, expressing a style never heard nor expected from the band. Jonathan Davis (Lead Singer) has quickly learned how fast EDM is growing and jumped on the Dubstep wagon hoping for the best.
Even though KoЯn reinvented their sound incorporating EDM in to their style, the EDM community has a hard time accepting it due to unrelated artists and genres crossing over. “We were dubstep before there was dubstep,” Davis says. “Tempos at 140 with half-time drums, and huge bassed-out riffs. We used to bring out 120 subwoofers and line them across the whole front of the stage, 60 subs per side. We were all about the bass.” Having intricate tempos and orchestration with massive sub frequencies does not make you pioneers of a style of music you never explored up until 2011. The truth is that Dubstep originated in South London, England in 1998. The sound of dubstep originally came out of productions by El-B, Steve Gurley, Oris Jay, and Zed Biass in 1999–2000. The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998 and were darker, more experimental, instrumental dub remixes of 2-step garage tracks attempting to incorporate the funky elements of breakbeat, or the dark elements of drum and bass into 2-step, which featured as B-Sides of single releases. The term “dubstep” in reference to a genre of music began to be used by around 2002 by labels such as Big Apple, Ammunition, and Tempa, by which time stylistic trends used in creating these remixes started to become more noticeable and distinct from 2-step and grime. This style of music grew significantly after BBC Radio 1 DJ, Mary Anne Hobbs started championing the genre. So no Jonathan, as a huge loyal fan, I have to say that you did not invent Dubstep.
Jonathan did not stop there. “When I was 16, before I started Korn, I used to DJ New York freestyle, Miami bass, old school hip-hop, goth and industrial, along with playing high school dances for a production company,” Davis told Spinner. “A few years ago, my buddy DJ C-Minus came to me and was like, ‘You used to do DJ shows. You were great in high school!’ So I took out my turntables and started playing again. I did my first gig about three years ago and haven’t stopped since.” He now performs as a DJ taking EDM by surprise with his new act “JDevil” taking on a dark alter ego while on stage. Although JDevil is dark, there is positivity in the name. According to Jonathan Davis, it’s all about indulgence, staying true to your self and your instincts. As positive as he claims, the EDM community also has a hard time being called out by Davis on stage. “I make people drop their jaws because I’m just up there telling them to go fuck themselves. No one’s ever done that at an EDM show and crowds are loving it. It’s not like I’m offending anyone !” Davis pushes for a Heavy Metal Audience, but he forgets what EDM is all about; Great dance music, positivity, Peace, Love, Unity, Respect”. So yes, to some, he is ruining Dubstep.
Music is music. Some artists are blessed with having the ability to create a new style from scratch, and others simply have the opportunity to contribute, borrow or add to their style, produce and express some thing for us to enjoy. No music is ever ruined because some one wants to be a part of it. Dubstep continues to be Dupstep. No addition could ever alter, change nor ruin the genre, even though Jonathan Davis believes that Dubstep is thew new electronic Heavy Metal… Let’s just keep calling it what it is. Dubstep.
I never had the opportunity to see J Devil live. For those of you that like where Jonathan Davis is taking his new music career, J Devil will be opening for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson in the “Twins Of Evil” Arena Tour in the UK in November.
Check out J Devil here
Evilution – feat JDevil, Datsik, & Infected Mushroom