When Korn announced that their bassist Fieldy would not be able to accompany them on their South American tour, people were surprised and confused. People were even more surprised and confused when the band announced his fill in, Tye Trujillo, the 12-year-old son of Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo. In an interview with NME, Korn’s guitarist, James “Munky” Shaffer, revealed how the 12-year-old landed the gig.
“There was a moment when a couple of the guys from Metallica and Jonathan [Davis, Korn vocalist] and Fieldy kinda bumped into each other in some airline lounge, and Robert was like, ‘Hey, have you checked out my son playing bass?!’ They were watching some videos and Jonathan and Fieldy were like, ‘Woah, he’s so good!’ When we found out Fieldy wasn’t gonna be able to come on this trip with us, he suggested Tye. It’s not just some replacement – this is the DNA of Robert Trujillo, one of the greatest bass players on the planet! You can see it – it’s crazy how much you see his dad in him.”
Munky explains that Tye is having a great time being on tour with the band and has nothing but praise for the young bassist.
“It’s good, we’re having fun! He’s having a great time,” the band’s guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer told NME. “His dad’s out here with us, just hanging out, shootin’ the shit and catching up. [Tye] knows like 17, 18 Korn songs, and he knows them really well – it’s crazy. All the stops, and the breaks… it’s crazy to see somebody that young so talented. He’s gonna be a professional musician, and to know that at that early of an age is just inspiring.”
Following the tour with Korn, Tye Trujillo will be busy with his own band, The Helmets, who will be releasing some original music of their own soon! When asked if he could see The Helmets opening for Korn some day Munky said, “That would be really sweet actually!”