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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Talks Freak on a Leash, His New Horror- and Rock-Themed Line of Pet Merchandise (EXCLUSIVE)

It’s such an ideal concept, and so seemingly apparent, that it’s laborious to consider nobody had already considered it: A line of horror and rock-themed pet merchandise bearing the title Freak on a Leash, one of the vital widespread songs by long-running nu-metal pioneers Korn.

“These premium merchandise are created for all, paying homage to the horror and rock music we love,” singer Jonathan Davis, who created the road, wrote in an Instagram put up.

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The collection, introduced final week, launches on Oct. 28 however had a preview at a particular tent on the Aftershock pageant in Sacramento. Because the images under present, the road runs from elegant however low-key collars and leashes bearing simply the brand, to objects that extra totally reside as much as the title, reminiscent of severed-hand or eyeball plushies.

The band simply accomplished touring in help of its 14th studio album “Requiem,” so Davis has a while to give attention to this new endeavor. In the mean time, the merchandise are solely obtainable at — with a portion of the proceeds going to the animal-rescue nonprofit Take Me Dwelling — however he says under, that is simply section one, and the probabilities are countless.

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The track got here out in 1998, so it’s essential to have had this concept for fairly some time?

I actually haven’t! It took form a few yr in the past. Me and my lady Bee had been speaking about how a lot we love our animals and the way cool can be to begin a pet line of leashes and different canine and cat merchandise, and she or he mentioned, “How humorous would it not be if we known as it Freak on a Leash?” We went out and located an organization to work with that needed to do it, and the remaining was historical past.

Crucial query: What number of pets do you might have, and what are their names?

Properly, this was killing me earlier this yr: We had a boxer lab named Kaos and a moyen poodle named Sheepy, and we misplaced them each, two months aside. Shedding a pet hurts actually unhealthy, as a result of they love you so unconditionally. It was very, very traumatic. And the kicker in all that is: I’m deathly allergic to canines!


Sure, I’m severely asthmatic, however I like them a lot that I simply deal. Sometimes I’ve to get my inhaler or my eyes are itching, however over time I get used to it and I can reside with it. Anyway, I went on tour [earlier this year] and was actually lacking the animals. Bee mentioned, “We want a pet” however I mentioned, “We’ve gotta be residence so it’s bonded to us.” So after the tour we discovered a spot that had puppies and selected a Bantam poodle. His title is Dante and he’s superb — only a child, so I’m actually stoked. He brings a lot life to the home — I simply love the companionship with animals. I like them higher than people! (laughter)

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Have you ever had cats and different pets all through your life?

Not mine, the cats had been my sister’s. However I’ve had birds — a parakeet, a cockatoo — fish, I had a koi pond with a bunch of fish. I had a bearded dragon, Girl. Again within the day I had 30 completely different species of tarantulas, I like spiders. I had a spider room with all these completely different spiders. However nothing compares to canines, man.

Did you provide you with the concepts for all these toys? My favourite is the severed-hand plushy.

Isn’t that rad? Yeah, we needed to get these extra in direction of my model. I might go into pet outlets to purchase one thing for my canine, and there was nothing that spoke to me. I needed collars and leashes that used colours that I like, and issues that make my animal an extension of me. I feel a whole lot of house owners wish to gown them up how they might gown.

A whole lot of the objects are pretty regular, with simply the model title on them — I assume they’re for individuals who don’t wish to go fairly that far?

It’s simply actually easy, clear and stylish. I’m not making an attempt to go loopy. We’ve got some which can be simply stamped with the [brand name] however we even have the plushies — the zombie hand, the eyeball, scorpions. I imply, that’s what I might purchase for my canines. Dante loves that hand, he takes it all over the place. And the eyeball — I’ve obtained movies of a buddy whose cats love the eyeballs, they only throw them within the air.

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So that you’ve examined some prototypes?

Oh yeah, we needed to check them. I needed to ensure that they had been high quality, as a result of there’s a whole lot of crap stuff on the market. The suggestions has been superb — I did just a little pop-up on the Aftershock pageant and had a line ceaselessly. I used to be there for 3 hours signing stuff, folks had been very pleased with the standard. That is such a labor of affection.

Are there going to be issues like canine sweaters and canine sneakers and cat carriers and all that?

That every one relies on how profitable this primary rollout is. If it’s actually profitable, we’re going to do collections. I needed to do collabs with a few of my associates, and do actually dope trying petwear — harnesses, coats, canine beds, canine bowls, cat bowls. I’ll do chicken stuff. Fish shit. The sky’s the restrict!

Have been there any product concepts you had that you just determined had been too loopy?

No, there was nothing actually excessive. It’s conservative proper now — I’m simply beginning out. However you by no means know! I like pushing limits and because it grows we are able to in all probability do loopy stuff: Canine sweaters, beds, catboxes.

You can make a “Devil’s Lair” catbox! (laughter)

I’m completely down for that! Satanic catboxes — let’s go!


Korn’s Jonathan Davis Talks Freak on a Leash, His New Horror- and Rock-Themed Line of Pet Merchandise (EXCLUSIVE)



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