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Korn on the cover of Maximum Ink in March 2006, the Ten Year Anniversary Issue, and the second time Korn made the cover - photo by Paul Gargano

Korn - 2006

by Paul Gargano
March 2006

In an era where nameless, faceless and meaningless have become standards, Korn have transcended hard rock and heavy metal banality with a sound and vision that defies categorization. They bubbled from the Bakersfield, CA, heavy metal underground more than a decade ago, emerged as a hard rock phenomenon with the breakthrough success of Follow The Leader in 1997, and have exceeded any and every conceivable expectation since then. It may seem premature to consider Korn legends in only their second decade as a band, but not when you acknowledge the facts.

Impressed by numbers? Korn have released seven albums, surpassed the 25 million mark in worldwide sales (more than 15 million of those in America alone), and have had every album since their self-titled debut enter the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the Top 10, with all seven of their studio albums achieving Platinum sales (their 2004 Greatest Hits release is certified Gold). The numbers don’t lie, but they don’t even begin to tell the story of Korn, who not only redefined heavy metal with the diabolic, cutting-edge histrionics of their 1994 debut, but turned the industry on end in the years that followed, having a profound influence on today’s heavy music scene and making a marked impact on the way metal has reemerged as a sonic force on the pop-driven musical mainstream.

In one fleeting decade, Korn have single-handedly changed the way America views heavy music. Now, with the release of See You On The Other Side, they’ve opened the doors to even more disarray, taking their trademarked sound to the next level. It’s what they’ve always done, but to even more astonishing depths.


James Kottak


An interview with Kottak Vocalist/Guitarist/ Scorpions drummer, James Kottak
by Tina Hall
December 2010

Rocker James Kottak is best known as the drummer for Scorpions, which he joined in 1996. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, he has certainly come a long way since his days in the land of baseball and whiskey.

Beside performing on over 130 albums and dvd’s, and numerous tours with the Scorps, he has his own band Kottak. The latest Kottak CD titled Rock & Roll Forever is out now.

Maximum Ink: When did you first know you had to become a musician?
James Kottak: I saw a cover band at my sister’s school when I was in 5th grade and they played Stairway To Heaven. I immediately wanted a drum set, got one, and was obsessed. I also played trumpet from 4th grade on thru college.

MI: Who were some of your earliest influences?
JK: Led Zeppelin of course, Grand Funk Railroad (Live album), The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper).  By the way I just saw the Beatles, Love show in Vegas, Amazing!


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Germany's Kraftwerk in Maximum Ink in April 2008


by Jeff Muendel
April 2008

The history of Kraftwerk begins in 1970 when Florian Schneider-Esleben and Ralf Hütter, the founding members of the band, formed a group called Organisation. The Oranisation’s only album, Tone Float, was a mixture of tape loops, electronic feedback, and clanking rhythms. It was decidedly experimental compared to what the rest of the musical world was doing, and while a German record contract was landed, the LP did very little in the way of sales. By the end of that same year, however, the group had morphed into Kraftwerk.


Kuba Ka

Kuba Ka

An interview with international singer, dancer, actor Kuba Ka
by Tina Hall
July 2012

Kuba Ka first gained noticed as one of the greatest men of 2001 in the Polish version of Elle magazine while only a teenager. He is a singer, dancer, and actor. Kuba is likely best known for his work at Las Vegas’  Kuba project with renowned architect Tom Wright(Atkins Global) who also created the seven star hotel, Burj Al Arab in Abu Dubai. A mainstay in radio, television, and stage in Europe for over a decade Ka is also the first artist after Michael Jackson to be represented by Frank Dileo. Most recently he released the video to In the Streets.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about your background? Where are you from and how do you think coming from where you have has influenced you to be who you are today?
Kuba Ka: I was born in Poland, where I started my entertainment career as child and then teenage performer. It felt amazing when I was doing in that country American styled shows, what audience of all ages really enjoyed. I became the voice for United Nations and UNICEF, what allowed me to do KUBA & Friends charity show, with 30 major stars including Oscar winning actress - Vanessa Redgrave. I was then 15 years old. This all journey made me sure that dreams are possible, and that I want to use my entertainer’s power to shine the light of entertainment in darkest places of the World, like Africa. My performance truly reflects all me, and all my life. I don’t separate stage from my private life. It’s one,  and I guess that’s why I am blessed to share this great for me adventure, with top industry people, like it was with Michael Jackson’s manager Frank Dileo.

MI: Who are some of your earliest influences?
KK: Ha, well I always loved legends, from Charlie Chaplin, to Elvis, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Eminem. I love entertainers, people with big time experience. I like to listen to singers, but I follow people with this “more” of the spectacle.


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Kwame Bediako

Kwame Bediako

An interview with Kwame Bediako
by Max Ink Writer List
July 2014

Kwame Bediako will fill the air with the sound of roots reggae music at Madison’s Atwood Fest on Saturday, July 26th.

Kwame has been performing “retro” roots reggae in America for over 20 years. His music holds true to a vintage style—something that’s becoming rare in the modern reggae world, where reggae-rock and dancehall tunes dominate the charts. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Kwame has a global conscience and has seen different ways of life. “When I turned 21, I left,” he said, with a chuckle. Kwame came to the states for school, a common reason why young people from around the globe come here. Soon after, he found himself in the right place at the right time, surrounded by musical opportunities. “The next thing I know, I started gravitating more towards music,” said Kwame. “I’ve been doing it ever since, for about 20 or 30 years.”


Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer

Maynard James Keenan

by Andrew Frey
April 2010

Part 2 of my conversation with Maynard James Keenan: Squeezing Life Into Arizona.

These days, when you see a picture of the infamous and enigmatic Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer), he is sporting and promoting something related to his wine making efforts. Often times it IS a bottle of wine. Look closely. The wine will say it is a Caduceus Cellars wine.[] (The Caduceus is the ancient symbol for commerce.)  Maynard and his business partner Eric Glomski have become vine pioneers for their wine making efforts in northern Arizona near Jerome.

Blood Into Wine: The Arizona Stronghold is a documentary that tells the story of these upstarts as they grow, squeeze and ferment in the Verde Valley. The land in this area is arid like a lot of Arizona, but it has more structure and certain characteristics that make it uniquely advantageous to the grape growing sector as Maynard explains. Mr. Keenan is very passionate about his wine and that really shines through.

Have you always been a wine enthusiast?
“Over time. In my mid 20s. That’s when I started getting into it.”


Robert Knight and Slash - photo by Maryanne Bilham

Robert Knight

Rock 'n Roll Photographer
by Tina Hall
August 2010

Robert Knight is without a doubt one of the best known photographers in rock. His career began in 1968. He captured the last performances of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He was also the first photographer to shoot Led Zeppelin in America. He has captured everyone from Elton John, Eric Clapton to John Mayer and Maroon 5. “Rock Prophecies” a documentary following Knight by John Chester, produced by Tim Kaiser (Multiple Emmy Award winner for his work on show like Will & Grace and Seinfeld) is set it air on PBS this September and will be available across the country. It features interviews with Slash, Steve Vai, and Carlos Santana as well as a rare private performance by Jeff Beck.

Maximum Ink: What led you to take up the role as a rock photographer?
Robert Knight: I couldn’t play the guitar and was hanging with a bunch of really creative musicians when I was 15. I needed to have a good reason to be around them. Their hero was Jeff Beck so my goal was to somehow photograph him and impress my peer group.


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