circus magazine december issue Deftones chino moreno “basically threre are just 2 diffrent feelings, love and hate.” special interview by gabriella the deftones are a unique blend of music and one of the reasons for it might be the fact that they all and especially singer Chino Moreno are into a variety of music. for them variety is the spice of there sound . “I always liked a lot of different music. some people said im open minded and some said i have no musical taste at all and listen to almost everything. i couldnt care less, i guess it depends on how you want to see things. for some people the glass is always half empty while for somebody else it might be still half full. personaly i think you cant have to many influences, its great to be open minded. i dont want to paint myself in to a corner and just have one single musical influence.” but even if he thinks alot of influences are important for the deftones, when it comes to feelings are concerned, for chino there are just two major feelings, but he dosent just see it black and white, he also realizes there alot of different shades of gray in between. “bacially there are just to different feelings , love and hate . everything else , every other feeling is somehow connected to one of them. Love and hate are the two basic feelings and im capable to change from one to the other really quick, like in a song. sometimes i go through both moods in one song, not just one spot a couple of times .” Chino explains that he doesnt see himself has the front man just because he is the singer,he rather sees his voice as a fifth instrument of the band something that blends and completes the song of the deftones. “it’s really easy for a singer to destroy a great song, that's why i dont like to see myself has a singer but rather has a instrument with in the band , the fifth instrument in a great band.” maybe that’s one of the reasons why, while he puts alot of effort in the lyrics, the lyrics are something that comes last when there writting songs. for him its not the lyrics that are important, the feeling he gets across is what really counts for him. “ I want to express my feelings, I want to express what I feel with out actually having to spell it out, with out actually having to sing the words, I dont want to use the words to express myself, I think the music should express it all. i have always been a huge cure fan especially when Robert Smith was really abstract and cryptic, like in pornography , were the lyrics were really cryptic but definetly intense and everybody understood and felt what he was trying to say.” the deftones and korn are often counted to be in the same genre and are labeled as the new californian metal explosion, but chino sees it quite differently, especially when it comes to the lyrics. “ I think our lyrics are rather introverted and sometimes really complex, alot of people describe Jonathan davis this way but i dont think our lyrics can be compared . the lyrics of korn are quite different, for example if you hear jon singing about something you know what he means, hes not talking around something he's getting straight to the point while i rather give you a feeling of what im trying to say. I perfer using metaphors, and give you the general feeling about what im trying to say it isn’t necessarily something that has anything to do with my real life, it isn’t necessarily nothing more than the feeling that he’s to obvious and transparent. I like the way my lyrics are, there a bit different but maybe that’s the reason why i like them its ok if people don’t like the lyrics everybody should have there own opnion about them. “our albums have alot of different senario. you might just feel real relaxed and then the mood changes and shakes you up. it might be a bit uncomfortable sometimes but at the same time there is a certain warm feeling around and it dosen't let you down and hugs you. I think it's something really rare its certainly not something you find all that often.” Just like their lyrics, their sound is everything else than obvious, it does take some time to get in to there albums and find all the little tidbits and parts who are almost hidden away, but who’re still responsible for a lot of deftones magic. with the deftones the beauty of a song is often not obvious and only visable in between the lines. Chino gets right to the point and sums it up with simple words. ”we’re trying to be as decent as possible and as effective as possible.” the deftones singer doesn't quite understand that for a lot of people everything has to be obvious and plain and he seems to be rather fed up with having to explain the role of frank delagdo . “a lot of people keep on asking which role frank plays in the band and why he’s in the deftones. They seem not to be able to understand that you dont hear the Dj straight away. We all work together and everybody in the band is important but we dont need to please out egos with solos. “ Egos and commerce are certainly not something the deftones place a lot of value in they even refused the headlining spot at the prestigous family values tour. something a lot of bands would kill for but for the deftones other reasons were far more important. “we really wouldnt have fitted in and it wouldnt have been our thing. we thought about it but then decided not to do it. it just seems to be such a big circus and some many different bands, we wouldnt go on tour with so why tour with them for family values? i think there are to many things involved, too much politics and to much money."
“Circus” – December, 2000 // Chino Interviewed
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