Ray Luzier On The Difference Of Working With David Lee Roth And Korn
Drummer Ray Luzier recently joined an interview with More Core TV and compared working with other acts and Korn. According to him, working with David Lee Roth required adaptation, whereas, in Korn, he has creative freedom.
Before gaining recognition as Korn’s drummer, Ray Luzier drew attention by his tenure with former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. The musician joined Diamond Dave’s band, for whom he played drums from 1997 to 2005. He appeared on two albums of Roth, 1998’s ‘DLR Band’ album and 2003’s ‘Diamond Dave.’
Meanwhile, Korn had a considerable niche in the early ’90s as a nu-metal band. The group was considered an influential pioneer of nu-metal’s becoming mainstream. The band’s success began with the self-titled debut album in 1994. It became number 72 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than two million in the US and ten million worldwide.
In a recent interview, Korn drummer Ray Luzier explained how as a musician who worked with David Lee Roth, he felt more like himself in his band. The musician said they defined Seattle’s grunge due to sticking up with their unique sound. Therefore, his tenure with the band allowed him to be himself, thanks to Korn’s creative structure. Before them, Luzier worked with numerous acts, including Diamond Dave’s band. However, he was expected to adapt their sounds and play a certain way.
Ray Luzier explained in his words:
“I remember as a fan back in the day when Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, all those Seattle bands were coming out, which were great. But Korn came out and went right through the middle and said, ‘No. We sound like this,’ which was no one way off the deep end. We went to total Skrillex dubstep kind of experimental, and of course, you piss off some fans and gain some new ones. You can come back around, and of course, the old-school fans want to hear that sound that they grew up listening to, which I understand; I’m a fan too.
But Korn is such a unique band, all of the things I’ve ever played in before. I was with David Lee Roth for eight years. My band before this one was called Army of Anyone with Stone Temple Pilot guys and Filter, Jake E. Lee from Ozzy. I go way back to a bunch of failed original bands. Everything I’ve ever been a part of, you are a chameleon, blending in, ‘Okay, I’m with David Lee Roth, I’m going to sound like this.’ When you join a band like Korn, there’s no blending. It’s a thing. It’s a way of life.”
You can watch the entire interview below.