David Silveria excerpt from Talk Toomey Podcast
Joshua Toomey: You are one of those drummers that I know it’s you playing drums. That has to be very hard to have a signature sound, you know, where does that come from?
David Silveria: It was never a mental decision to start playing drums in a certain style. I think it was just growing up and being influenced by other drummers. When I was first playing when I was like 10 years old or whatever I was into Neil Peart and Tommy Lee. As I got older, I really liked drummers like Tim Alexander from Primus and Mike Borden from Faith No More. I think Tim Alexander and Mike Borden have been probably the most influential as far as the way I play now. It’s driven the mindset of how I approach writing to music. I say those two guys probably have had the biggest influence on me.
JT: I did get to see Mike Borden fill in for you with Korn. You were sitting next to him and helping him with parts and counting off parts. What was that like for you since he was such a big influence?
DS: Well honestly that really sucked. We were on tour and I was having trouble gripping my stick with my right hand. It was like my wrist was going numb. I ended up going to a sports medicine doctor and I forgot what he called it, but he does this operation on a lot of quarterbacks and baseball pitchers. It’s basically your nerves that come down your neck and down your shoulder to your arms. They are tapping the end point of the first rib over and over again. It causes your hand to go to sleep and I had no idea it was even a little condition. I was like what the hell’s going on with me. I went in and they cut off about an inch and a half of my first rib so I could move my arms up and down without my nerve hitting the rib and making my hand numb. It was pretty frustrating. I was happy to have Mike Borden come out and fill in for me but at the same time it was pretty depressing.
JT: The one thing I’ll always remember is you sitting right next to him and you would point to the ride or crash cymbals. You were letting him know when the parts were about to change.
DS: We were in the middle of a tour when we stopped, and I think we rescheduled two weeks’ worth of shows. Mike listened to all the songs and then he flew out. We went in to the rehearsal studio for hours every day for like seven or eight days maybe even 10 days in a row. He would then go back to the hotel and listen to the whole set all night long, all morning long. Then we would go back to rehearsal and I would be right there on the drum riser. I would be counting off for him. I would continue to do that for two more weeks on the tour before I actually went home and had the operation.
JT: David, you’ve been out of Korn now for 13 years. BIAS seems like the first real band you’ve done since then. What kept you from really doing music all those years?
DS: Honestly, for quite a few of those years, I owned two restaurants. I was mainly just working on the restaurants. I was managing the restaurants, and then I sold one of them. Then I eventually decided to merge with some partners to take over the day to day for the second one. I just got sick of doing it and I guess I wanted to play music again. I got together with the guys from Core 10 and we did that. I don’t know why we did that band for so long. Myself, Joe and Chris. We all knew… We would all look at each other, we would know that the band was just not what it was supposed to be. I think everyone had false hope that it would get better. But as far as the three of us, we definitely had a very strong chemistry and great bond. So, when we decided that Core 10 was done, we immediately started to write music. I think that Core 10 was good because it got me back into playing music and going to a rehearsal for you know, three or four, maybe more days a week and getting back into the groove of playing all the time.
JT: Last question, many things have been said over the last few years. Do you ever feel like you’ll play with Korn again, in any kind of capacity, one show, get up and play Blind, or a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame kind of deal?
DS: I think it’s a good possibility. I could play with them at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But I don’t see anything past that.