Basic Background Info
David Silveria, best known as the drummer for nu-metal powerhouse Korn from 1993 to 2006, was born near Bakersfield, California. After playing drums for six years, seventeen-year-old Dave auditioned for James Shaffer and Reginald Arvizuís local band, L.A.P.D. The band invited David Silveria to join them and he agreed, after receiving permission from his mother. David Silveria attributed their musical prowess to a lack of appealing options: "I think one of the reasons music became such an obsession for everyone in the band is that there just wasn't a whole lot to do where we lived."
A few years later, Jonathan Davis joined L.A.P.D. and the band renamed itself Korn (Welch, Shaffer, and Arvizu adopted pseudonyms at this time as well). Korn pioneered nu-metal and propelled it to the forefront of the mainstream during the late 1990s.
Korn's self-titled debut album melded heavy metal, hip hop, funk, and punk rock. Following the release, the band toured heavily in an effort to build a solid fan base. After their 1996 album, entitled Life is Peachy, Korn co-headlined Lollapalooza with Tool.
In 1997 Korn created their own record label. Follow the Leader was released the following year. While recording Follow the Leader, Korn created a weekly online show which documented the recording process, allowed viewers to submit questions, and featured special guests Ron Jeremy, Limp Bizkit, and 311. They pressed on in this then-revolutionary use of the medium with a campaign-like tour in which the band held fan conferences and answered questions. Korn went on to create the Family Values Tour. After several nominations, the band won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video for the "Freak on a Leash" video.
Continuing to innovate, MTV held a fan contest to design the cover art for the album Issues, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart. Korn performed the album in its entirety outside of New York's Apollo Theater. The performance was broadcast live on many radio stations.
Their fifth album, Untouchables, debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart, but did not find the commercial success the band expected. After switching record labels, Korn recorded See You on the Other Side in 2005.
In December of 2006, David formally went on hiatus from Korn. At the moment, it is uncertain if David will return to drum with Korn again. During his hiatus, David has been kept busy running his restaurants (a sushi bar and a steakhouse) and spending time with his family.
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