Brian Welch Details Alice In Chains And Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Influence On Korn


Korn guitarist Brian Welch spoke to Spotlight Report and revealed the secret behind the band’s unique sound in almost every album by paying tribute to their greatest influences. He highlighted that Korn was inspired by Alice In Chains and Red Hot Chili Peppers despite having different styles.

Korn is considered one of the pioneering bands of the alternative metal sub-genre, nu-metal, alongside Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock. The band also contributed a lot to nu-metal’s popularity with their mainstream success. Therefore, the band influenced many young bands and musicians who wanted to follow their steps and produce new music, but of course, Korn members have their own inspirations.

As it turns out, one of them was the iconic grunge band, Alice In Chains, as Korn’s Brian Welch admitted that they admired the darkness in their works and wished to combine it with their own style. Previously, Korn proved their respect for the band by performing Alice In Chains’ ‘Would?‘ at MoPOP Founders Award 2020. In addition to the alternative band, it’s been known that the band members, especially Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu, are huge fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Actually, they found a chance to invite RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith to their rehearsal years ago, although it didn’t go well because they were drunk.

During his interview, Brian Welch reflected his respect and admiration for their muses, Pantera, Sepultura, Machine Head, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Faith No More alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Alice In Chains. He stated that Korn combined all of these bands’ styles while working on their works, so RHCP’s funk style, Alice In Chains’ darkness, and Pantera’s heavy sounds became the essential parts of the band’s music.

Here’s what Welch said:

“Man, I just know that at the beginning of Korn, we were fans of music, we just loved, and still love listening to other bands. We love bands like Pantera, Sepultura, Machine Head, NIN, Rage Against The Machine, and I can go on and on. Fieldy was a huge fan of Flea of the Chili Peppers and Faith No More, they have different styles playing in those bands, so we kind of took them all in, all those influences.

Alice In Chains was also a big influence, so there were different types of music, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have nothing really in common, but just having that kind of funk input in the background, with the darkness of Alice In Chains, and the grit heaviness of Pantera was right, we wanted all of it, not some bits, we wanted all of that into our music, that’s why we included them, we were like ‘why we can’t include all of it, what’s stopping us from taking all those different styles?'”

You can check out the performance below.