Jonathan Davis

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Jonathan Davis
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Davis performing with Korn in June 2016
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Howsmom Davis
Also known as
  • JD
  • JDevil
  • J Devil
Born (1971-01-18) January 18, 1971 (age 48)
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • producer
  • actor
Instruments
Years active1987–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitekorn.com

Jonathan Howsmon Davis (born January 18, 1971), also known as JD, [1] JDevil, or J Devil, is an American singer and musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

Nu metal is a subgenre of alternative metal that combines elements of heavy metal music with elements of other music genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk, industrial, and grunge. Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu metal rarely features guitar solos; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are occasionally featured in nu metal to provide instrumentation such as sampling, turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds. Vocal styles in nu metal include singing, rapping, screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the new wave of American heavy metal.

Korn American nu-metal band

Korn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band is notable for pioneering the nu metal genre and bringing it into the mainstream.

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Early life

Jonathan Howsmon Davis [2] [3] was born in Bakersfield, California, on January 18, 1971, the son of Holly Marie (née Smith; born May 6, 1949) Chavez and Ricky Duane "Rick" Davis (born December 14, 1948). His parents married on February 27, 1970. He is of English, German, Scottish, and Welsh descent. [4] [5] He has a sister, Alyssa Marie Davis (born February 8, 1974), a half-brother, Mark Chavez [6] (lead singer of Adema; born November 15, 1978), and a half-sister, Amanda Chavez (born July 31, 1981), by his mother. [7] His father was a keyboardist for Buck Owens and Frank Zappa, while his mother was a professional actress and dancer. [8] His parents divorced when he was three years old and he was raised by his father and former stepmother in Bakersfield. [8]

Bakersfield, California City in California, United States of America

Bakersfield is a city and the county seat of Kern County, California, United States. It covers about 142 square miles (370 km2) near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and the Central Valley region. Bakersfield's population is approximately 380,000, making it the ninth-most populous city in California and the 52nd-most populous city in the nation. The Bakersfield–Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kern County, had a 2010 census population of 839,631, making it the 62nd largest metropolitan area in the United States. The more built-up urban area that includes Bakersfield and areas immediately around the city, such as East Bakersfield, Oildale and Rosedale, has a population of over 520,000. Bakersfield is a charter city.

Adema is a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California. The band formed in 2000 with members lead vocalist Mark Chavez, vocalist/guitarist Tim Fluckey, guitarist Mike Ransom, bassist Dave DeRoo, and drummer Kris Kohls. After their first two albums, Adema, and Unstable, the band was plagued with years of conflict and lineup changes. Ransom left the band in 2003 followed by Chavez later in 2004 due to conflicts between themselves and other members of the band. Luke Caraccioli replaced Chavez in early 2005 for one album, Planets, but then left a few months later in late 2005. Vocalist Bobby Reeves and guitarist Ed Farris, both from the band Level, were recruited to join as well, but only released one album, Kill the Headlights in 2007, before entering a hiatus. The band's original line up reformed in late 2009 and toured, but both Ransom and Chavez left again before any new music would be recorded. Fluckey took over lead vocals from 2011 to 2017. The lineup released an EP, Topple the Giants. In 2013 Ransom returned once again; Chavez rejoined the band again in March 2017, solidifying the current line-up.

Buck Owens Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader, 21 number 1 hits, Billboard magazine country music with Buckaroos

Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., professionally known as Buck Owens, was an American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band the Buckaroos. They pioneered what came to be called the Bakersfield sound, named after Bakersfield, California, the city Owens called home and from which he drew inspiration for what he preferred to call American music.

Davis suffered severe bouts of asthma as a child, [9] and survived a near-fatal asthma attack when he was five years old. He also spoke of having a horrible relationship with his former stepmother. [10] [11] [12] He said she used to harass and torture him; she gave him tea mixed with Thai hot oil and jalapeño juice to drink when he was sick, locked him in cabinets, and put cigarette burns on his arms. [10] [ dead link ] Davis' father later divorced her. [10] [12] [ dead link ] He says the song "Kill You" was written about her. [10] [ dead link ] [11] [12] Davis has said that his earliest musical inspiration as a child was the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar , and his favorite musical group was Duran Duran. [13] He graduated from Highland High School in 1989, and worked at Toys R Us shortly after. He also attended the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science for a period of time. He was persistently harassed in Highland High School for wearing eyeliner, long clothes, and listening to new wave music. [13] [14] He was constantly called homophobic names. [13] The Korn song "Faget" was inspired by Davis' experience of being bullied. [15] Davis' "HIV" tattoo on his upper left arm was also inspired by his experience of being bullied. He says even teachers were mean to him and sent him to the counselor for wearing eyeliner. [10] [ dead link ]

Asthma long-term disease involving poor airflow in the lungs

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Andrew Lloyd Webber British composer

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Cameos/acting

Davis has a cameo in Queen of the Damned as a ticket scalper. [16] Davis plays a minor role as Ricky, a crack dealer, in the film Seeing Other People . [16] Davis also has a role as a store clerk in the independent film The Still Life. [16]

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<i>Seeing Other People</i> 2004 film by Wallace Wolodarsky

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He has also been featured in many other bands' music videos, sometimes with Korn and sometimes solo. He has appeared with Korn in the Limp Bizkit music videos for "Break Stuff" and "Faith". [17] In 2009, Davis collaborated with Infected Mushroom, a psychedelic trance and electronic music group, appearing in the music video for their track "Smashing the Opponent", as well as with dubstep artist Datsik on "Evilution." [18]

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Davis and the rest of Korn appeared in a 2005 episode of the comedy-drama television series Monk , titled "Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic". [19]

Comedy-drama genre of theatre, film, and television

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Davis and Korn voiced themselves in season 3 of South Park in the episode "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery", [20] which features them as characters inspired by the cartoon Scooby-Doo , driving a van similar to the Mystery Machine and trying to solve a mystery about pirate ghosts.

He voiced Succulentus in an episode of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes titled "Know Your Mom". The character was based on Davis and a parody of Nu-Metal in general.

Career

Korn

Solo career

Jonathan Davis first began working on a solo album in 2007, forming the group Jonathan Davis and the SFA. Although he released two live albums with the group, no studio albums were completed and the band disbanded in 2014 after the death of guitarist Shane Gibson. However, in December 2017 Davis began announcing solo tour dates and festival appearances, and in January 2018 released his first solo single, What It Is. On May 25, he released his debut solo album, Black Labyrinth on Sumerian Records.

Solo band members

JDevil

JDevil at I Love This City San Diego 2012. J Devil (Jonathan Davis).jpg
JDevil at I Love This City San Diego 2012.

JDevil is the EDM alter-ego of Jonathan Davis. He has been DJing since 1987 while he was still in high school. He began working for Pacific West Sound and spun at high school dances and parties on the weekends in Bakersfield. He used to spin New York freestyle, Miami bass, old school hip hop, goth, and industrial. [21] In 2009, he began to DJ again and he introduced JDevil to the world in 2011 at Infected Mushroom appearances and as an opening act on Korn's Path of Totality Tour. [22] Jonathan felt a need to use a unique name while making music. As he states in an interview, [23] he has combined initials (JD), and 'evil' into 'JDevil'. He has nicknamed his late wife, Deven, Devil, which also is a part of JDevil moniker. Jonathan says JDevil represents "indulgence and doing whatever you want to do and not ignoring your instincts, as long as you don't hurt anybody." [23] JDevil's EDM style combines elements of dubstep, jungle, drum and bass, four-on-the-floor, and metal. [23]

Live performances

JDevil was one of the opening acts for Korn on their The Path of Totality Tour from November 2011 - July 2012 in North America and Europe. [24]

While on a short break from touring with Korn in July 2012, JDevil had a short four-day club tour which consisted of The Junkyard in Nashua, New Hampshire, Pufferbellies Entertainment Complex in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Lizard Lounge in Dallas, Texas, and The Garden in El Paso, Texas. [24]

In July 2012, JDevil had signed on to perform at select Identity Festival dates throughout North America. [25] He only performed at two shows, Comcast Center (amphitheater) in Mansfield, Massachusetts and Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. [26] [27]

In August 2012, it was announced that JDevil would open for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson on their Twins of Evil Tour at select dates in North America. [28] However, before the tour began, JDevil had to drop out of the tour due to exhaustion. [29] [30]

JDevil's stage presence is one that thrives on chaos and disorder. He has said that he wants to entertain the crowd and make it insane.

[31] [32]

"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, people are like 'Yeah, fuck you too!'"

Jonathan Davis [33]

Other projects

Davis has recorded original songs with Korn for Haze and Silent Hill: Downpour. He has also voice acted for the TV show OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.

Davis created an original fighting game, Pop Scars, which pits popular musical personalities against each other in one-on-one combat. Participants include members of Limp Bizkit, Staind, Marilyn Manson, and Korn itself. Each celebrity has its own personality and sports character designs sketched by comic book artist Marty Emond, while stages feature environmental traps that impede opponents as they fight. Pop Scars never made it past the early design stages, as Davis himself pulled the plug on the project in late 2004. [34]

Personal life

Davis' childhood is a major influence on Korn lyrics. The song "Daddy" gave rise to a rumor that he was molested by his father, Rick Davis. However, Jonathan has gone on record in many interviews saying he wrote the song about a female family friend who sexually abused him. He said that when he tried to turn to his family as a child to tell them about the abuse, they shrugged it off and didn't believe him. [35]

Davis has been married twice. His first marriage was to his high school sweetheart Renee Perez. They were married on November 28, 1998 in a Medieval-themed ceremony. Together they had a son, Nathan Howsmon Davis, who was born on October 18, 1995. [3] The couple divorced in 2000. A decade after the release of Korn's first album, on October 10, 2004, Davis married in Hawaii, this time to former porn star Deven Davis. Davis' second child, Pirate Howsmon Davis, [36] was born on March 18, 2005. [3] [37] Davis' third son, Zeppelin Howsmon Davis, was born on April 28, 2007. [3] Deven Davis died on August 17, 2018 at the age of 39 of an accidental overdose. Deven's cause of death was a fatal mixture of cocaine, heroin, clonazepam, topiramate and fluoxetine in her system at the time of her death. [38]

Davis claims that he has not used alcohol or any other drugs since August 22, 1998. [39] On the band's Deuce DVD, Davis' bandmates all say they are proud of him for his sobriety.

Davis has stated that Untouchables is his favorite Korn album. [40]

In the early 2000s, Davis began collecting serial killer art and memorabilia, publicly displaying selected items while on the Ozzfest 2003 tour. In 2005, he was considering starting a serial killer museum with Arthur Rosenblatt but pulled out of the deal, leading Rosenblatt to sue him. The litigation was ultimately resolved successfully by Ed McPherson, Davis' attorney. Davis later denounced the items and got rid of them.

In late 2006, Davis was recognized and honored at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California, by Buddy Alan, son of the late country singer Buck Owens.

While Korn performed at the Download Festival in 2006, Davis was unable to perform, as he had developed idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a rare bleeding disorder. This left him bedridden for days after his band's performance. Assorted other artists also at Download filled in singing for Korn during the performance including M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Matt Heafy of Trivium, Jesse Hasek of 10 Years, Benji Webbe of Skindred, Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber and Corey Taylor of Slipknot. [41] The songs "Starting Over" and "Hold On" were inspired by the illness.

Political views

In 2006, Davis explained his political views, saying, "I'm political to a point where it affects human life, from global warming to abortion issues to my gun rights", but expressed no interest in issues like taxation, saying, "I don't really care. Obviously even going out and voting doesn't really count, it's all based down to these Electoral College votes." [42] Davis has expressed support for same-sex marriage and transgender people. [43]

Davis has expressed support for libertarian Republican Party candidates Ron Paul [44] [45] and Rand Paul. [45] Davis once described Barack Obama as an "Illuminati puppet" [44] and told Billboard that Obama had "basically dragged this country down into the worst it's ever been." [46] In 2014, Davis said that the United States was becoming a "police state". [47]

Military visits

In 2012, Jonathan began visiting United States Armed Forces stationed in Europe. On March 16, 2012, Jonathan made his first visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany where he visited with personnel assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel showed him how to operate the bomb disposal robot and how to render safe an improvised explosive device wearing a Bombsuit. Firefighter personnel showed how to use the water cannon in the new Striker ARFF fire apparatus. Readiness and Emergency Management personnel showed a variety of Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection and protection equipment. He also did a meet and greet signing autographs for the troops and their families at the AAFES Military Mall (Kaiserslautern Military Community Center). He visited wounded warriors from all over the world at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the USO Wounded Warriors Center. [48] [49] [50] [51]

On August 11, 2012, Jonathan made another trip to Ramstein Air Base, Germany to visit with personnel assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, 37th Airlift Squadron, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. During this visit, he was able to get a tour of a C-130J, Hercules and Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel demonstrated a "Hollywood shot" explosive and the destruction a small amount of explosive can do to a car. Again, he visited the wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the USO Wounded Warriors Center. A documentary of his experiences, "Wounded Warriors" was submitted to the 1st Annual GI Film Festival Hollywood [52] and won Audience Choice Award on November 10, 2012. [53] [54] [55] As a result of these trips, once Barack Obama awarded Captain Florent Groberg the Medal of Honor, he mentioned how Davis visited Groberg in Germany, and joked that "I am not the lead singer from Korn". [56] While Davis had been a vocal critic of Obama,[ citation needed ] he expressed shock at the mention, particularly as it was a compliment: "The President of the United States gave me props for being there for a Medal of Honor recipient. Groberg went through hell." [57]

Equipment

Davis using "The Bitch", August 2012. Jon Davis Korn RdelS 4.jpg
Davis using "The Bitch", August 2012.

In 2002, Jonathan unveiled a microphone stand art piece dubbed "The Bitch", which was created by Swiss artist H.R. Giger. As of 2014, Davis has been seen using wireless Shure Beta 87a and SM87 microphones for live performances. In the studio, Davis uses various microphones, most prominently the Sanken CU-44x.

Discography

Albums

Korn
Jonathan Davis and the SFA
Killbot
Solo

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
Dance

[58]
US
Main.
Rock

[59]
US
Rock

[60]
US
Rock
Air.

[61]
"Careless" [62] 2007Non-album singles
"Got Money"
(featuring Jim Root)
200841
"Silent Hill" [63] 2012 Silent Hill: Downpour soundtrack
"What It Is" [64] 201854721 Black Labyrinth
"Everyone" [65]
"Basic Needs"19
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
Main.
Rock

[59]
US
R&B

[66]
US
Rap

[66]
"Year 2000"
(Xzibit featuring Jonathan Davis)
20007628 Black and White soundtrack
"Smashing the Opponent" [67]
(Infected Mushroom featuring Jonathan Davis)
2009 Legend of the Black Shawarma
"The Enabler" [68]
(Chuck Mosley featuring Jonathan Davis and John 5)
Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food
"Evilution" [69]
(Datsik and Infected Mushroom featuring Jonathan Davis)
2012 Vitamin D
"Wake Up!"
(Islander featuring Jonathan Davis)
2017Non-album single
"Necessary Evil"
(Motionless in White featuring Jonathan Davis)
29 Graveyard Shift
"Gary Heidnik"
(SKYND featuring Jonathan Davis)
2018Chapter 1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
TitleYearAlbum
"Justice" (Remix)
(Rev Theory featuring Jonathan Davis)
2011 Justice

Other appearances

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released and album name
TitleYearAlbum
"Lookaway" [70]
(Sepultura featuring Jonathan Davis, Mike Patton and DJ Lethal)
1996 Roots
"Sleepy Hollow" [71]
(Deadsy featuring Jonathan Davis)
Deadsy
"Revival" [72]
(Orgy featuring Jonathan Davis)
1998 Candyass
"Ty Jonathan Down" [73]
(Videodrone featuring Jonathan Davis)
1999 Videodrone
"Nobody Like You" [74]
(Limp Bizkit featuring Scott Weiland and Jonathan Davis)
Significant Other
"Take It Back" [75]
(Snot featuring Jonathan Davis)
2000 Strait Up
"Just for Now" [76]
(Fieldy's Dreams featuring Jonathan Davis)
2002 Rock'n Roll Gangster
"1stp Klosr" [77]
(Linkin Park featuring Jonathan Davis and The Humble Brothers)
Reanimation
"Love on the Rocks" [78] 2003 Wonderland soundtrack
"Cut Throat" [79]
(Marz featuring Jonathan Davis)
2004Gorilla Pimpin'
"Witness the Addiction" [80]
(Suicide Silence featuring Jonathan Davis)
2011 The Black Crown
"Silent So Long" [81]
(Emigrate featuring Jonathan Davis)
2014 Silent So Long
"It's Time to Get Weird" [82]
(Sunflower Dead featuring Jonathan Davis)
2015It's Time to Get Weird
"Starting to Turn" [83]
(Tech N9ne featuring Jonathan Davis)
2016 The Storm
"Whatever Goes Up"
(Bone Thugs featuring Jonathan Davis)
2017 New Waves

Remix work

List of remix work for other artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Hear Me Now" (Jonathan Davis Remix) [84] 2011 Hollywood Undead American Tragedy Redux
"Thunder Kiss '65" (JDevil Number of the Beast Remix) [85] 2012 Rob Zombie Mondo Sex Head
"The Kids Will Have Their Say" (JDevil Catholic Nun Remix) [86] Steve Aoki, Sick BoyThe Kids Will Have Their Say EP
"Bug Party" (JDevil Catholic Nun Remix) Huoratron Non-album song

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