Hollywood Undead’s Johnny 3 Tears Talks ‘American Tragedy Redux’


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Hollywood Undead vocalist says working with Korn’s Jonathan Davis was a dream come true

Masked rap-rock guys of Hollywood Undead released their new, remixed version of their current album, American Tragedy Redux, in November, and the set presents killer remixes of “Hear Me Now,” “Comin’ in Hot,” “Levitate” and more. As for the album’s guests, they’re big ones, including Jonathan Davis of Korn, Andrew W.K. and K-Salaam.

Hollywood Undead vocalist Johnny 3 Tears says the guys have always been fans of remixes. Along those lines, they did the remix album simply because it was something completely different. “A lot of the guys are into the whole dubstep thing, it’s kind of hot right now,” he told the Deadbolt. “Most of us have been listening to KMFDM, and those guys have always been doing remixes and synth stuff. We’re big fans of some of these guys, so that was a big part of it. Then we started tossing around names like Jonathan Davis and Andrew W.K., who I grew up listening to, and I thought it was really cool. Especially Jonathan Davis as far as music goes.”

Johnny 3 Tears says that when Davis’ name came up, he immediately perked up. Who wouldn’t want to work with the Korn frontman? “When that name came up, I was like, ‘Okay, that’s something I definitely want to do.’ A lot of people just enjoy that kind of music. It’s cool to have a different take on the songs we wrote and see what people come up with. They’re still Hollywood Undead songs but they have a different flavor. I think it’s something different for our fans and I think they’ll enjoy it.”

He added that Hollywood Undead’s secret to success is merely staying true to themselves. “I think one of the most important things is that there are four guys in the band that write the songs. To be honest, we’re all very different in that sense,” he said. “So whole it can be very irritating at times for everybody, but in the end, that’s why the band has a different sound or a unique sound. It’s because we’re fitting four different people’s ideas into one song. I think that’s what kind of makes it unique.”


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