Deftones' Chino MorenoBBC

Deftones’ Chino Moreno: “If We Don’t Tour…, We’re Not Gonna Be Able To Pay Our Bills”


Deftones frontman Chino Moreno guested on Mary Anne HobbsBBC Radio show over the weekend and spoke of success in the music industry and the advice he has imparted to his own sons, both of whom are aspiring musicians. You may recall that one of his sons, Jakobe Moreno, put out an EP last year. His other son Kristian has been pursuing a DJ/Electronic career.

“I have to give advice to my two sons who are both musicians. And they’re both totally different. One of ’em’s a total punk kid, who’s in a thrash-punk, skate-punk band, whatever. The other kid is a DJ and electronic musician.

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And both of them I’m very encouraging to them to have fun and make music. It’s really hard to make it in music. If they’re gonna be wanting to have families and children and get married and this and that, it’d be good to keep in school for the time being while you can. Be a kid while you can be a kid as well, ya know?

But obviously enjoy yourselves, I’ve never discouraged them from doing music, I think it’s great and I like the fact that music they do is something very much that they’ve chose to do. They do their own thing and I think it’s great. But you know, I’m the parent now that’s telling them have something to fall back on obviously, so I think it’s important to know that.”

As to the misconceptions of fame and the band’s own financial status:

“One of the biggest myths about being a rockstar would probably obviously be the word ‘rockstar’ itself. You know that everything is given to you. You make free records, or you win a Grammy, or you have a platinum record and then everything’s sort of easy.

I remember when we first got signed in 1995 in my mind I thought ‘wow, we made it.’ and then I realized that we left our town of Sacramento and went to the Midwest of America and we’re playing for 2-3 people a night sometimes. So it’s always constant work. I mean even today, it’s like if we don’t tour for a good third of the year, we’re not gonna be able to pay our bills. It’s not like I guess who people perceive it like you’re going to get in a rock band and be driving around in a Lamborghini, it’s not gonna happen.

Unless you’re Justin Bieber or Adele or somebody, honestly I mean you have to actually work to earn a living. I’m not complaining about that all. I dig it, I like working, I like playing shows, I like making records, so…”

The Deftones will be back in stores on April 08th with the release of their new album “Gore“. You can hear the first single from it, “Prayers/Triangleshere.