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September 28, 2016 Deftones discuss Chi Cheng, Transformers, Chino Moreno and his grandma Posted In: Podcast, Rock Music

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Chi Cheng: the aftermath

Deftones image - Chi Cheng photoIn this podcast, Chino Moreno (singer) and Sergio Vega (bassist) from Deftones explain how Chi Cheng‘s situation affected the hard rock band. The hardship of loosing a longtime friend and partner brought the other band members closer together and made them reflect on the value of Life. Sergio Vega, who replaced Chi Cheng as the band’s bassman, reflects on his positive influence and support towards his new band mates in grief. Chino discusses how the dramatic atmosphere surrounding the Deftones pushed the rock music band to rebuild its foundation and creative flow. Moreno tells about the musical inspiration hence generated, as band members lost themselves in their music while living their grief.

“Anytime something like this happens, it makes you re-evaluate your life in general, I think, and how short it can be…” – Chino Moreno

Finally, Deftones fans are reminded to support Chi Cheng‘s surviving family by donating through

Deftones’ secret for relevant rock music

In the interview, Chino Moreno and Sergio Vega expose how the heavy rock band create their best rock songs. From the raw atmosphere of their first rock albums Adrenaline and Around the Fur, to the experimental feel of White Pony, Chino admits keeping himself from becoming creatively bored. Sergio adds that their methodology for writing music relies on simplicity and spontaneity.

Deftones - Chino Moreno and Sergio Vega photo - Pace's Playground podcast

Deftones’ Chino and Sergio, along with Pace (much-too-happy version)

Influences behind Deftones albums   

In the podcast, Chino Moreno – co-founder of side projects Team Sleep, Crosses, and Palms – and Vega – from former post-hardcore band Quicksand – enumerate the musical influences behind his band’s hard rock music. These influences include Sade, HR (Bad Brains), Mike Patton, plus… Michaël Jackson and Boy George (!?), and other bands Deftones played with on tour, like Dillinger Escape Plan.

Transformers: the making of Elite (White Pony)

The frontman of the Sacramento-based heavy rock music band discusses the special vocal FX heard in the Grammy-Award-winning single Elite (White Pony; 2000). The clever process created voices mimicking Transformers characters Megatron, Starscream and Soundwave. Chino Moreno narrates how his grandmother reacted when she saw him in studio, recording – i.e. screaming – the very energetic chorus of the song.

Deftones most viewed YouTube music video

Deftones – Diamond EyesDiamond Eyes (2010)

Deftones top songs (according to our superior mind)

  1. My Own Summer (Shove It) (Around the Fur)
  2. Elite (White Pony)
  3. 7 Words (Adrenaline)
  4. Mein (Saturday Night Wrist)
  5. CMND_CTRL (Diamond Eyes)
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