The entire band contributes to Korn's songwriting, and they share the composer credits equally. In our interview with their guitarist Brian "Head" Welch
, he explained that this track materialized quickly, but its disco leanings were a serious concern. "I was stoked, because I lived in Redondo Beach at the time. The studio where we wrote was about 15 minutes from my house," he said. "We were going in there for like eight hours a day. We wouldn't take that many breaks, we were just going at it.
And I remember when 'Got the Life' happened, he [drummer David Silveria] did that disco beat. All of us looked at each other. It's a haunting guitar line and melody, but the drums were a little happier than metal. And so we were like, 'Is this good or is this kind of cheesy?' Because it's kind of like a disco beat.
So we were kind of scared of it. We were like, 'I don't know if our fans would like this.' It was so unique, and the more we sat with it and added to the song, we were like, 'Wow, this is crazy different. Let's go with this.' It ended up being one of the biggest hits. You've got to be open to try new things in music is what that proved."