David Silveria

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David Silveria
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David Silveria with Korn in Milwaukee.
Background information
Birth name David Randall Silveria
Born (1972-09-21) September 21, 1972 (age 41)
San Leandro, California, U.S.
Genres Heavy metal, nu metal, alternative metal, electronic rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1989–2006, 2012-present
Labels Elementree, EMI, Virgin
Associated acts Korn, L.A.P.D., INFINIKA

David Randall Silveria (born September 21, 1972 in San Leandro, California) is a drummer, best known as the drummer for the band Korn from 1993 until leaving the band in 2006. In January 2012, Silveria announced that he is the drummer of INFINIKA, ending his 6 year hiatus from the music industry.

Biography[edit]

1993 to 2006: Korn[edit]

Silveria was one of the original five members of the nu metal band Korn. Bandmates Brian Welch, James Shaffer and Reginald Arvizu took up pseudonyms, while Silveria and singer Jonathan Davis remained using their real names. Korn proceeded to popularize the alternative metal sub-genre in the music industry, selling over 40 million albums worldwide. Silveria sat out a part of the "Sick and Twisted 2000" and "Summer Sanitarium" tours due to injury, with Mike Bordin from Faith No More filling in on drums. Silveria then returned for the album recording of Untouchables, Silveria's own explanation for the issue was that he "hits too fucking hard".

On December 13, 2006, after the tour in support of See You on the Other Side, it was announced that Silveria would be going on hiatus, and Jonathan Davis later said Silveria would "probably not" appear on their next album.[1] Silveria has since started running his restaurants. In 2009, after working with several different temporary drummers, Ray Luzier was announced as the official replacement.

2006 to 2012: Leaving Korn and hiatus[edit]

In June 2008, rumors began to surface that Silveria had joined a newly formed band called Satellite Syndrome, but it was eventually confirmed that the rumors were false and Silveria was not involved with the band. Silveria did not give any interviews during his hiatus. He dedicated his time and efforts to his children and running his steak house and sushi restaurant. In December 2009, David changed his steak house into a Rock and Sports themed bar in downtown Huntington Beach California called "Silvera's RockBar", and no longer owns 50% of shares of his sushi restaurant, agreeing to terms to sell his half of ownership over to his ex-wife after a year long court battle. In an interview with HeadBanger's Blog, Jonathan Davis said that he had not spoken to David since his hiatus.

For the first time in three years David appeared promoting Lil' Kim in Dancing with the Stars, he also introduced himself as "David Silveria from Korn". In May 2010, Silveria appeared as a model for Remetee clothing.[2] Lead singer of Korn, Jonathan Davis, stated on 7/25/2011 during a korn.com chat with fans that the reason for Silveria's departure was the same as Brian "Head" Welch's.[citation needed] Jonathan stated "The reason is drugs. They fuck everything up..."[this quote needs a citation][citation needed] During a chat conversation with fans on a Korn fansite, Kornspace, on February 1, 2012, David stated that "Those guys played wasted almost every night and I never even had a single drink before I hit the stage."[citation needed]

Comments on Korn since leaving[edit]

Since January 2012, Silveria has become vocal about his time in Korn, and has often spoken negatively about the band, its members and in some cases its outspoken fans, during conversations on Korn fansite Kornspace. Although David maintains no relationship with his former bandmates, he has stated that he has no hard feelings towards guitarist James Shaffer. However, Silveria has spoken less fondly of singer Jonathan Davis and bassist Reginald Arvizu, such as calling Arvizu a "cowardly little bitch".[3] Silveria states that his relationship with Korn was flawed due to them not letting him back in the band after his long absence from music.[better source needed] Silveria mentioned during his conversation with fans on Kornspace.com that he had contacted then-former band member Brian Welch about a Korn reunion tour but Head refused the offer. David also confirmed his comments that he left Korn due to "negative attitudes" and that he "couldn't take it anymore". He mentioned at that point that he has not spoken with Jonathan Davis since November 2006. However, after it was announced that original guitarist Brian Head Welch would be returning to Korn for two shows at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park in 2013,[4] David Silveria commented on his Facebook page that he would be open to a reunion if all five original members were involved.

On January 7, 2013, David Silveria updated his status on his official Facebook page stating, 'Korn fans need to flood the Korn site telling them Korn isn't Korn without the original five!!!' He then went on to say in a later status that fans should 'Flood Jd's and Munkys twitter to bring the original 5 back together" and later commenting that he had 'made contact', after which fans began predicting that a full reunion would happen. On January 7, 2013, guitarist Brian Head Welch stated in an Interview that "David has really said some crazy things online about personal things and he’s not in a place where people would really want him around. That happened before I talked with them but I guess the things he said were really crazy. Those guys were in a band together for so long so I don’t know, but for now it’s just not going to happen."[5] David later deleted his personal Facebook page after a backlash from Korn fans questioning his intentions with regards to rejoining the band.[6]

On August 11, 2013, Silveria took to his personal Facebook account to state that "[t]here are a lot of things I did for the band that they don't like to admit I did."[7] He then went on to say in a later post that he blamed the band's "cookie cutter" musical direction after Follow the Leader for his lack of interest from that point.[8] On August 17, 2013 Silveria responded to the repeated misquoting of his post on Ray Luzier and Korn with "To be clear I am NOT talking bad about Ray. My posts have been about my work with Korn during our early years specifically during our first three records." Silveria has claimed that he could restore Korn's original sound, and says that he would like to have a discussion with the band about their early days, the future of the band and Korn's original sound. However, Jonathan Davis stated on Twitter that "I will never never play with him again," (which appears to be a reference to the title of Korn's first single 'Never Never' from its latest album The Paradigm Shift).

2012-present: INFINIKA[edit]

On January 24 it was announced on YouTube that Silveria is playing drums for the experimental rock band INFINIKA alongside the highly renowned founding member of ANYONE (and film maker), Riz Story.[9] On January 27 it was confirmed with an article on Blabbermouth[10]. Silveria stated that he wished to expand his musical scope with INFINIKA adding that it was technically the most advanced drumming of his career. On January 30, fan site Kornspace.com confirmed that David Silveria had in fact joined the site, with a picture of Silveria holding a Kornspace banner. This confirmed previous comments that had supposedly been made by the drummer on the site earlier that week. David stated that he would be touring with INFINIKA and that he was looking forward to the release of the first full length album by the band, "Echoes and Traces".

On April 2, David Silveria's new band Infinika released their new single and music video via YouTube called Beautiful World. The video features footage of David recorded for the Infinika - Promotional Clip,[11].[12] The video has received excellent feedback since its release. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeNj8SancMc.

The album "Echoes and Traces" was released worldwide on September 1st, 2014. The album features 14 tracks which vary widely from acoustic to psychedelic metal. Silveria stated that "the direction of the band would be defined by it's rich mixture of sounds and unpredictable direction". Noting the mixed reviews from some Korn fans Silveria stated, "I have no interest in repeating myself. I want to keep expanding my drumming and INFINIKA allows me to explore the wide range of my drumming".

Musical equipment[edit]

The following is a listing of the drums and equipment used by David Silveria during his career with Korn.

Drums[edit]

Tama Starclassic Maple Custom Drums

Cymbals[edit]

Paiste Cymbals (from left to right)[13]

1997

  • 2002 RUDE 15" Hi-Hat
  • 2002 RUDE 18" Crash/Ride
  • 2002 RUDE 18" China
  • 2002 RUDE 10" Splash
  • Signature 8" Bell
  • 2002 RUDE 18" Crash/Ride
  • 2002 RUDE 22" Power Ride
  • 2002 RUDE 14" Sound Edge Hi-Hat
  • 2002 RUDE 20" Ride/Crash
  • Sound Formula 13" Mega Cup Chime

2006

  • Signature 18" Heavy China
  • Signature 18" Power Crash
  • Signature 8" Bell
  • Signature 15" Heavy Hi-Hat (Custom)
  • Signature 8" Splash
  • Signature 10" Splash
  • Signature 18" Power Crash
  • Signature 20" Big Bell Ride (prototype)
  • Signature 14" Sound Edge Hi-Hat
  • Signature 18" Heavy China
  • Signature 20" Power Crash
  • Signature 13" Mega Cup Chime

Personal life[edit]

On March 25, 2012, David Silveria was arrested in Huntington Beach for driving under the influence. He said that he had taken a sleeping pill, and that he was not under the influence. He had been out socializing with friends and family including his wife Victoria Silveria the night before at 2nd floor bar.[14] It was announced on February 9, 2013, that Silveria had pled guilty to driving under the influence of sleeping pills. In exchange for his guilty plea, a hit-and-run charge was dropped and avoided jailtime.

Silveria has two children, David Jr. and Sophia, both from his first marriage to Shannon Bellino.

Discography[edit]

With L.A.P.D
With Korn
With INFINIKA
  • Echoes and Traces (2014)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ David modeling again Retrieved:2010-07-19[dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/ex-korn-drummer-david-silveria-calls-fieldy-a-cowardly-little-bitch/
  4. ^ November 8, 2012 (2012-11-08). "Korn To Reunite With Guitarist Head For Two German Shows Next Summer". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  5. ^ February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07). "Brian "Head" Welch talks about reuniting with Korn and Love & Death’s first album "Between Here & Lost"". Media Mikes. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  6. ^ February 9, 2013 (2013-02-09). "Former Korn Drummer Pleads Guilty In Sleeping Pill Dui Case". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  7. ^ "Korn Koverage, emmerliii: Don’t really know what to make of". Kornkoverage.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  8. ^ comments policy  32  comments posted. "Jonathan Davis on David Silveria Reunion: 'Never Never Again' | Music News @". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  9. ^ "INFINIKA - Promotional Clip". YouTube. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  10. ^ January 27, 2012 (2012-01-27). "Former Korn Drummer Joins Forces With Anyone Members In Infinika - Blabbermouth.net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  11. ^ "INFINIKA - Promotional Clip". YouTube. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  12. ^ "INFINIKA ~ Beautiful World (Official Video)". YouTube. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  13. ^ "David Silveria - Un-Official Paiste Wiki". Paiste-only.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  14. ^ "Ex-Korn Drummer David Silveria - Arrested for DUI". TMZ.com. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2013-11-27.