Korn’s Ray Luzier Talks Drumming, His Career, and the Music Industry

Now I know there are some closet Korn fans in our readership. The pioneers of poppy, groovy numetal have been reinvigorated in recent years, digging in to more serious touring and even releasing several new albums, 2011’s The Path of Totality and 2013’s The Paradigm Shift.


Although Korn didn’t mean too much to me growing up in their heyday (I was a bit too young, and also discovered thrash and death metal before bands like them), there’s no denying that their drummer Ray Luzier is a pretty phenomenal player. Self-taught, Luzier learned by playing along to records in all sorts of genres, like funk, r&b, rock, and metal, which is reflected in his phrasing and sense of groove.

In the late 1980s, Luzier attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood to study drumming, graduating in 1989. He returned to MI recently for an intimate conversation and workshop on drumming, his thoughts on the music industry and his career, and his outlook on playing, which you can view in full below.

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