Korn welcome return of their missing link
Reg ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu has revealed that it took the return of guitarist ‘Head’ to the Korn fold for the band to realise just how much they had missed him.
Words: Eric MacKinnon
Back in 2005 Brian ‘Head’ Welch left Korn to pursue a solo career and focus on family life. He made one live appearance with the band during a show at the Carolina Rebellion in 2012 before his full-time return was announced earlier this year.
Now in an interview with Bass Musician Magazine ‘Fieldy’ has spoken of the instant connection with the returning axeman.
He says: “We realised when Head left just how much chemistry was gone. When he came back, it was, like: ‘Oh, there it is!’ It was amazing, almost like family members when you don’t see them all year or even years and you see them at Christmas and just pick up where you left off.
“We all decided to meet at the studio, so we could jam, and Head said: ‘I’ve been gone for eight years, so I have some riffs, because I wanted to bring something to the table.’ So he got it started with a few riffs and then [Korn guitarist] Munky started bouncing off of it, and they we’re doing their left and right thing and it reminded me of back in the day when I could sit and listen. And I could listen for the holes and then come in on the bass and shine, doing my clicks and pulling and slapping. I was able to be me again, where before when Head left I had to take the role of writing riffs and I’m not really a riff guy, I’m more of a percussion style bassist filling in the holes.”
Fieldy also revealed the process for building his bass parts around the duelling guitars of Head and Munky, adding: “It was fun listening to those two bouncing back and forth – it was exciting, more than just listening to a single riff. So I find myself listening until I can find a good spot where I can jump in. I don’t really learn the riff until later and a lot of times I don’t learn the riff and I make up my own thing. I find the root note and work something around it.”