Davis is currently on tour under his J Devil moniker, playing own headlining dates as well as five stops with the touring Identity Festival. J Devil will also be the support act for the Marilyn Manson-Rob Zombie Twins of Evil tour beginning Sept. 29. Meanwhile, Davis has prepared a J Devil EP for release (date pending) on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, as well as another EP by Killbot, a “supergroup” with (Nick) Sluggo and Tyler Blue.
“I started doing (electronic music) for fun. I didn’t now what was gonna happen with it,” Davis tells Billboard.com. “Making electronic music and learning to produce and learning my new instrument — laptop, I call it — has been an amazing thing. I’m learning and I’m having fun playing my own tunes. I’ve really had to re-train myself. It’s totally different than writing rock songs.” And while he acknowledges that “because I’m Jonathan from Korn, it’s a celebrity thing” when he gets behind the turntables, he’s enjoying great acceptance from his full-time peers in the EDM world — including Skrillex, Datsik, Downlink and others he invited to be part of Korn’s 2011 album, “The Path of Totality.”
“There’s always haters and people going, ‘What the f*** is he doing?!’ ” Davis notes. “But there have been people who have taken me on and helped me. A lot of the big DJs have helped me, and most of the people have been pretty open and digging it. I just did a gig during the Grammys or something and Skrillex showed up to watch my set, and I’ve gone on tour with my friend Sluggo and had Datsik and Downlink have me show up at their shows and play with them onstage. It’s just fun; I love that scene, I love the kids, I love everything about it, and I’m so happy to be part of it.”
Davis says he’s “recording constantly” as J Devil. “After every Korn show I come offstage, take a shower and I start writing.” He’s hoping to get the J Devil EP out “soon,” while he says the just-finished Killbot material “is ridiculous. It’s the most crazy aural experience you’ll have in your life. Two of the songs I’m singing on, the other two are straight-up electronic with me growling and doing other stuff beneath it. It’s all over the place.”
As for Korn, which begins a month of touring on July 29 in Syracuse before heading to Russia and Europe, Davis says “we’re getting ready to start writing a new record” and predicts that it probably won’t embrace the same electronic path that “…Totality” did. “Our motto is to keep ever-evolving,” Davis says. “I’m sure there’ll still be some electronic influence in there, but I don’t think it’ll be like the last one and go to all those different guys again. We’ll switch it up and try to do something new, ’cause that’s how we work.”