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Deftones’ Chino Moreno Shares Insight On Being A Musician

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno recently shared some lessons he’s learned about being a musician throughout his career with Spin. You can find an excerpt from the feature below, with the full article available at the above-mentioned link.

The Deftones will release their new album “Koi No Yokan” this coming Tuesday, November 13th.

Time is money.
That’s one of the biggest things we’ve learned. We recorded our last record, Diamond Eyes, pretty fast. I think we spent six months from writing it to recording it. Our whole work ethic changed at that point. Not dragging things out and really capturing a moment in time is a great way to make a record.

We did a couple of records before that — Saturday Night Wrist and the self-titled record — both of those took a couple of years. Taking that long just is not a good work ethic. We’d have an idea, a riff, and it would be tweaked and mangled and months and years later, after enough things are added to it, you kind of lose the sense of what it was you were trying to do. Capturing the essence of what the idea was in the first place is very important.

You realize that the more of yourself you put into the music, and the better you communicate, the better the music is.
The catalyst for that realization was really when Chi had his accident. Sadly, that was the thing that woke us up and got us on track. The way we were making records didn’t work. Well, it would work, but it wasn’t in a healthy way. It was so disconnected. So when Chi‘s accident happened it really put everything in perspective — not just with us as a band, but in life.

It gave us an appreciation for having the opportunity to make music that was somewhat relevant. It got everybody focused. I don’t want to say we started taking things more seriously, but it made us understand that we have the opportunity to do the thing we love. Everybody reconnected and got on the same page and making records became this kind of communal thing. It had seemed like we were piecing things together and it would work in the end, but, like anything in life, what you put into it is pretty much what you get out of it. So now we put more into it…”


  • kturl69

    Amen brotha.

  • dmoe

    Chino’s work (fun) ethic is inspiring. I would still like to see him and Patton collaborate on a full project together. Because I loved that Kool-Aid Party demo they did.

  • M3DL1N

    chino is a good dude. every time I have seen him he always takes time to meet the fans waiting outside. He just seems like an awesome guy. this band can do no wrong in my opinion. Anxious to see what his side projects are going to offer.

  • G Scotty

    If this philosophy leads to more frequent Deftones releases im all about it. Seems like KNY came out rather soon after DE, and in no way is that depressing. The current love affair i am having with KNY will only beg for more Deftones in the the soonest future possible.

  • MetalMusicAddict

    I’ve been fortunate enough to watch them grow from just before “Adrenaline” (which i didn’t dig at 1st) was released ’till now. The entire time I can say I’ve never seen a bad show nor had a bad experience in meeting them. For the longest time, they would walk in the crowd before shows, bullshit and chill. Very cool guys. Great music.

  • ethos

    Holy shit, I’ve been looking at everything way wrong. He’s totally right.

  • changefly

    See my previous post. In a cathartic way Chi’s accident has affected and touched so many lives. In the face of death everything else comes into perspective.

  • NewWorldAbernathy

    And there is a reason why albums like White Pony, Self Titled and Saturday Night Wrist were great and Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan were fairly mediocre. There are a bunch of ideas on Koi No Yokan that needed six months to a year to be fleshed out.