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Fieldy playing bass for Korn in 2014
November 2, 1969 |
Los Angeles County, California, US
|Genres||Nu metal, funk metal, hard rock, alternative metal, west coast rap, hardcore rap, g-funk, rap rock|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, vocals, programming, backing vocals|
|Labels||EMI, Virgin, Roadrunner|
|Korn, Fieldy's Dreams, StillWell, L.A.P.D., Ragtyme, Pierct|
Reginald Quincy "Fieldy" Arvizu (born November 2, 1969 in Los Angeles County, California) is an American musician. He is best known as the bassist for the nu metal band Korn, and guitarist for the hard rock band StillWell.
Prior to Arvizu's time in Korn, he and Brian Welch, who would later become one of Korn's two guitarists (alongside James Shaffer), had played together in a number of bands, having become friends while still at school. Upon their graduation from high school, Arvizu, Welch, Shaffer, and drummer David Silveria relocated from Bakersfield to Los Angeles and Arvizu, Shaffer, and Silveria formed L.A.P.D. (the name first stood for "Love and Peace, Dude", but this abbreviation was later changed to "Laughing As People Die"). Although L.A.P.D. did succeed in signing a record deal, their success was limited until the band hired singer Jonathan Davis and changed their name to Korn.
The name "Fieldy" is said to have come about as an inside joke. Originally, his band mates called him "Gopher", due to his large cheeks. Gopher quickly became "Gar", Gar became "Garfield" (based on the comic strip character of the same name), and eventually "Gar" was dropped and a "y" was added to "Field", which became Fieldy.
He plays a five-string Ibanez model SDGR SR1305, named the K-5, which is his signature bass.
His playing style consists of bass slapping, standard finger-style plucking, and left-hand muting; his standard tuning is: A, D, G, C, F. He states Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers as being one of the main influences towards his playing style. He has also stated to have been influenced by Billy Gould from Faith No More, Cliff Burton from Metallica and Les Claypool of Primus.
Fieldy is also one of the main songwriters in Korn. The majority of his bass riffs are hip-hop inspired. He says he gets inspiration from anything hip-hop. On the business side of Korn, Fieldy is responsible for all Korn merchandise, its buying and selling. He will come up with a number of designs, shows them to the band and they either approve or disapprove.
In August 2012 it was reported that Fieldy would be taking a brief break from Korn as his wife Dena was expecting a child. Korn began touring through Eastern Europe, Russia and India throughout August and September 2012 with fill in Bassist Ryan Martinie from Mudvayne.
Fieldy married his girlfriend Dena Beber on May 13, 2006 (the closest Saturday to his father's birthday). It was his third marriage. Fieldy has two daughters, Sarina Rae (Born September 30, 1997) and Olivia Ann Marie Arvizu (Born December 9, 1998), from his second marriage to Shela Colton; he and his current wife Dena have three children together, a son named Israel Arvizu (Born February 9, 2007), they also had a daughter, Harmony Rose (Born November 27, 2009), and another son named Noa (Born August 13, 2012). Following the death of his father, Fieldy became a born again Christian.
Fieldy is currently working with independent rap artist Q-Unique on a side project called StillWell. The song "Killing Myself To Live" can be heard on their MySpace page. Stillwell's debut album, Dirtbag, is set to be released on the far off futuristic date of May 10, 2011.
Fieldy was also working on his own clothing line Immanuel one twenty three; when asked about it while backstage at the West Palm Beach stop of the Mayhem Festival in 2010, he stated that it was "much harder than he had previously expected" to start a clothing line, and has moved on to the side project that he can "be more proud of, opposed to his first solo CD under Fieldy's Dreams titled Rock'n Roll Gangster". Got The Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and Korn is a memoir Fieldy penned, which hit shelves March 10, 2009. His autobiography tells the story of how he found God, quit drugs, and found the better part of himself.