Korn co-founder and guitarist James Shaffer, also known as ‘Munky,’ had a conversation with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez and touched upon the importance of mental health after the difficult times his bandmate Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu went through.
As you may recall, Korn shared a post on their official Instagram account on July 2021 and announced that the band’s bassist Fieldy has been replaced by Ra Diaz because Fieldy needs some space to focus on his mental health. After the band’s announcement, the bassist stated through his Instagram account that he decided to take a break due to his personal problems and said he’d do his best to deal with them.
In the post, Fieldy referred to his problems as ‘bad habits’ and said that they caused tensions between Korn’s members. The musician had previously stated in an interview that using addictive drugs make him feel down. He also grew up in a family battling addiction, and thus, it has been a part of his life since his childhood. It is a known fact that the musician has been battling his addictions for a while, and they might be back.
As a close witness of the tough times Fieldy has been going through, James Munky Shaffer touched upon Fieldy’s current state during his interview with Loudwire Nights. Munky talked about the importance of mental health and said that he wants to make sure that his bandmate’s mental health is good. He explained that an unstable mental state could quickly drive people to make bad choices and negatively impact their daily lives.
Here is how Munky talked about Fieldy:
“Right now he’s just taking some time to kinda figure out what makes him happy and figure out his happiness and what he wants to do with his life, I guess is the best way to put it. And make sure his mental health is at its best, because if your mental health isn’t good, or you’re not clear, you’re gonna make bad choices.”
Later on, Munky referred to his own life and the problems he went through, similar to what Fieldy has been experiencing. He added that a clear mind positively affects one’s life and everything else gets easier when you get it together. Munky also reflected on his longing and love for his bandmate and noted he hopes that their bassist will be back in the near future.