Korn and Filter guitarist Rob Patterson isn’t only an incredibly talented musician but also, it turns out, a tech wizard who managed to fix the very recorder we used for this interview. His journey to rock stardom started with the metal band Otep but his big break came when he played with Korn from 2005 to 2008. After that, he played with the post industrial band Filter. If we were going to be cheesy we could say that the whole time he was also playing with fire—namely heroin—and he veered in and out of sobriety before quitting for good four years ago. This Massachusetts-reared son of a cellist has also been tabloid fodder for some time, not only because he was engaged to Carmen Electra but also because he’s palled around with Charlie Sheen. In this episode, we talk about being a teenage hacker, not doing drugs till your late 20s and how the amount of time someone’s sober doesn’t mean anything, among many other topics.
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