UNIVERSAL CITY, California — There's Drama in Jonathan Davis' future, and he's delighted about it.
The Korn singer has signed a band called the Drama to his own group's Elementree Records and will produce Drama's debut album for release later this year.
"It's a band out of Sacramento by way of Seattle," Davis said recently. "It's really dark, dark rock. I'm excited about it. It's definitely going to make waves."
A budding video-game developer (see "Thanks To Jonathan Davis, Marilyn Manson Can Kick Fred Durst's Ass"), Davis isn't exactly a veteran producer. But he took advantage of his new home studio last year to produce Korn's Take a Look in the Mirror and some tracks for Lo-Pro, the first band signed to Staind singer Aaron Lewis' 413 Records.
He also scored and produced the "Queen of the Damned" soundtrack in 2002 (see "Korn's Davis To Score Vampire Pic") and hopes to take on similar projects when Korn aren't touring.
"I'd love to do whatever soundtrack or score that comes up for a movie I like," Davis said. "I love to do music and try to keep busy. It keeps me out of trouble."
Davis has a sly production technique in the works for the Drama album, which he started before leaving for Southeast Asia with Korn.
"I'm laid back," Davis said, "and can be easy to work with. I'm not going to try to tell you how to write. I'm going to try to show you how to make some good songs, but it's ultimately up to the artists. All I can do is throw my opinions in there. I'm not one of those gung-ho, got-to-be-my-way producers. At least I don't come off that way. But it
ends up going my way in the end, so it's pretty funny — and good."
Korn, meanwhile, are performing in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday before heading to Japan for two shows. Korn have been playing their heaviest material at recent shows, and Davis said the "brutal" new "Break Some Off" has been a crowd favorite.
"It's about anger, man," he said. "It's about when you get to your breaking point and break something off in someone's ass. I woke up very irritated and pissed off about things that were going on one day, and it just came out."