Former KORN drummer David Silveria spoke to RadioactiveMike Z, host of the Riverside, California radio station 96.7 KCAL-FM program “Wired In The Empire”, about his reminiscences of creating the band’s “Observe The Chief” album, which not too long ago celebrated 20th anniversary.
“After we did ‘Observe The Chief’, it was just about full chaos on daily basis and each night time after we recorded that document at a studio within the [San Fernando] Valley referred to as NRG,” David recalled (hear audio beneath). “We rented a home in Hollywood. We mainly had events each night time after we’d be within the studio. And there was a fenced-in yard, and everybody could be consuming beer and we would inform everybody to throw their beer cans off the balcony within the yard. By the point we have been performed recording the document to maneuver out of the home, I feel your complete yard was lined in three toes stuffed with beer cans. Yeah, it was fairly ridiculous. I feel one in every of our crew guys, we truly paid him to go… He took all of the beer cans and recycled them and made a bunch of cash. And I feel, truthfully, if I bear in mind accurately, in our funds, we spent $85,000 on liquor and different issues. However I feel we spent about 85 grand doing that document simply on booze and additional stuff.”
Silveria additionally talked about what it was prefer to work with rapper Ice Dice and famed comic Cheech Marin through the recording periods for “Observe The Chief”.
“Again then, our band was nonetheless fairly new, so when Cheech Marin got here within the studio or Ice Dice got here within the studio, we have been sort of a little bit starstruck, due to simply how a lot N.W.A. had been an affect for me utilizing 808s and people hip-hop-ish sort of beats in our music,” David stated. “So I feel having [Ice Dice] are available in and work on the document, that was a very large deal.”
Based on Silveria, one of many highlights of the “Observe The Chief” touring cycle was acting at Woodstock ’99, the notorious competition in Rome, New York that started off as a 30th-anniversary celebration of a watershed second in American popular culture and resulted in blazing riots.
“I bear in mind happening stage in ’99 at Woodstock and searching on the crowd, and so far as my imaginative and prescient would take me, I might see folks till they only disappeared into nothing — there have been so many individuals,” he stated. “I feel it was 275,000 [people]. They’d two units of sound techniques. There was a millisecond delay, so when everybody jumped, they jumped in an enormous wave, beginning in entrance of the stage and going to the again. You possibly can go on YouTube and see the overhead cameras and see all that stuff on-line — it is fairly superb. However being in entrance of 275,000 folks, that was most likely the largest rush of all of it.”
“Observe The Chief” was an enormous business breakthrough for KORN, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, promoting 5 million copies within the U.S. and yielding two hits singles in “Acquired The Life” and “Freak On A Leash”.
KORN celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Observe The Chief” final September by enjoying three very particular exhibits in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Silveria has simply launched a brand new band referred to as BIAS, additionally that includes bassist Chris Dorame, guitarists Joe Taback and Mike Martin and singer Wealthy Nguyen.
Silveria, Dorame and Taback beforehand performed collectively in CORE 10, which “imploded” final yr after releasing a few singles and enjoying a lot of native exhibits.