Korn Has Nothing But Praise For 12-Year-Old Bassist Tye Trujillo

April 26, 2017

Tye Trujillo may be the son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, but his skills as the temporary bassist for Korn has already earned the respect of his peers at only 12-years-old!

"It's good, we're having fun! He's having a great time," said Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer told NME. “His dad’s out here with us, just hanging out, shootin’ the s**t 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.”

Munky went on to describe his initial reaction to seeing Tye's skills on the bass with his own eyes. “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.”

Since playing with Korn, Tye has also managed to win the admiration of fans as well, says Munky. “When we go to the shows, he’s got people wanting his picture and his autograph – he’s a little overwhelmed, but he’s handling himself just like his dad, which is cool, collected and modest.”

It's probably best that Tye develop that skill early, as his band, The Helmets, have begun their own musical plans to take on the world. “Him and his band The Helmets are mixing some original music that they’ve recorded,” said Munky. Could there be a Korn support slot in The Helmets’ future tour prospects? “That would be really sweet actually!” he laughed.

(source: NME)