Chino Moreno
05 septembre 2007 (date d'avril 2007 (?))


Hello Chino. First of all, a direct question...there are some rumours that you are already recording new tracks right now, in the middle of touring, do you have any ideas about how the new songs are going to sound?
Yes...I can tell you that we intend to record the new tracks immediately after we came back to America in May. We haven't written anything new so far, but we have many ideas which we look forward to apply to our music and see what comes out. The answer to your question is that we are going to start composing in the next few months.

Which is your favorite songs from your new album, Saturday Night Wrist, to be played live in concerts?
My preferences change from month to month. We enjoy playing the large majority of songs, but if I would have to choose, ”Hole in the Earth” and ”Beware” would be my favourites.

Which is the reason for not playing the track Kimdracula, from your last album, in all your concerts, one of the favorite song of your fans?
We change sometimes this song with another one, “Mein”, which is also appreciated by the public. We try to offer a setlist which should please everybody, so we play tracks from all our albums until now.

Have you consider releasing a sequel of the "B-sides and rarites" album, beacuse you have lot of material that could be included there? Tracks like ”Drive” (Cars) or "Jealous Guy" (John Lennon).
Yes, you're right, there are a lot of songs that could be included on such an album. I don't deny the possibility of such a material, but for the moment to be honest we haven't considered it. Maybe in the future we'll offer such a material to our fans.

Are there any songs that you would like to cover in the future?
I'm sure there are, but for the moment I can't think to any of them. I also like to make experiments with new songs.

Many people are asking what is happening with the new DVD, ”Entertain me - a documentary about Deftones”. Is it going to be released someday?
We decided never to release it in the end. It consisted from some footage made by a friend of ours, who came with us on tour for three weeks, we also made some interviews, but unfortunately our music couldn't be used because of the label copyright. After all, with only some few interviews with the band, we thought it's no longer interesting. When we'll release a DVD, it must be something which makes us proud and content.

You chosed as a new single the track ”Mein”, but initially you had chosen “Cherry Waves”...
I don't know exactly. I think that's the way it came out. Cherry Waves is a more direct song, a song you know what to expect of, while Mein is more special and interesting to be played live. We also felt the possibility of a more alive videoclip for this song, Mein being more alert.

Which is the concept behind the clip Mein, and why doesn't Serj Tankian from System Of A Down appear in the clip, although he recorded the song with you?
There is no concept behind this clip, the idea was to have fun, not to make an artistic clip. We wanted just to be ourselves and to do what we like the most together with our friends. Serj wasn't present because he is in New Zealand and he's trying to get his residence there. For this reason, he can't leave the country for a while.

How important is a videoclip for a band like you in 2007?
Hmm...A clip is always important because it shows you as a band to the public and it could make you known to some people who didn't know you before seeing it. Our clips are not so well promoted, so we just make a videoclip in order to know it exists. I think Internet is a lot more important if you want to promote a certain band.

Many fans are wondering why haven't you played yet the song “Combat“ from your last release or “Fist”, an older track which was never promoted live?
We didn't play "Combat" because we can't play it right - we rehearsed it many times but it never came out right. Regarding "Fist", we never felt the need to play it, we never thought it was that important.

What happened with the track ”Finger of Death”? It was initially included on the album, but after a while, it dissapeared.
It is a track that didn't turn out right in the end, along with many other which we left behind. Maybe one day we'll record them again and something will come out of them.

Which is the biggest challenge for your band in 2007?
To keep alive the desire for playing. The last thing a musician could want is to be on tour and not enjoying what he does...

You are also a producer. What are you working at right now?
I worked with Will Haven at his last album, that was before I left to go on tour. Shaun Lopez continued my work there. I heard the album is ready and I can't wait to hear it. I also worked with Dead Poetic on their last album, a young and talented band and for me it was a real pleasure to experiment all kind of stuff.

How are things going on with your other band, Team Sleep?
There are already some new tracks recorded, but unfortunately we are all very busy. As soon as we'll finish our business here, we'll reband and maybe a new album will come out in 2008. The new songs are more electro style, and I'm really curious about them.

Is there a chance for a new album in 2008?
I hope so.

A question that will send you back in the past. which is the first song you recorded together as a band?
It was really long time ago, and I think it was a funny song, and quite raw in terms of composition. It was called “The Vegetable Song” and sounded like the band Primus. We were big fans of that band at the time.

What new releases did you listen recently?
To be honest, I can't recall anything in this moment.

If you will release another single, which song will be?
I think Cherry Waves, because I can imagine a more artistic clip for this song, with a lot of visual effects. I would love to have a clip for this song, but I'm not sure about it, all depends of the money we'll receive from our label.

How did you get to play with Ill Nino the song Zombie Eaters from Faith No More?
I'm a friend of the band, and their manager is also a friend of mine, so he asked me to help them and I accepted, all of them are good musicians and it was a pleasure for me to be there.

What are you doing at home besides music?
In my spare time I'm doing stuff also related to music, I do some more beats. In rest, I go to a walk in the park with my kids, you know, the usual things.

Thanks, Chino, for the interview!
I thank you too and we send our regards to our fans from Romania and I hope to see us again soon. Thanks for your support.

Hefe versus Chino Moreno / Deftones


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