“Dr. Drew” – 2001 // Chino Moreno Interviewed

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno
by Blair Fischer



As expected, the latest Deftones album, White Pony--the title of which is a veiled reference 
to one of frontman Chino Moreno's guilty pleasures--has exploded on the sales chart. Less than 
a month after its release, the album has already approached gold status and is almost guaranteed 
to be the quartet's best-selling record to date. Pony, which is loaded with savage imagery and 
dark soundscapes, is a welcomed respite from the balls-to-the-wall aggro metal that's been 
saturating the market ever since, well, the Deftones released Around the Fur three years ago. 
Currently, the group is embarked on a U.S. summer tour with dates scheduled through mid-August 
before they take the long flight--a big Moreno fear--to Germany for a European jaunt. Moreno---
the voice of the Deftones and author of their grave prose---took five minutes off to answer a 
few not-so-serious questions. 
drDrew.com: What's your favorite thing to do when no one else is around? 
Chino Moreno: Play video games. 

drDrew.com: What's your favorite bodypart? 
CM: My hands. 

drDrew.com: What's your greatest fear? 
CM: Dying in a plane crash. 

drDrew.com: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 
CM: Probably my face. 

drDrew.com: What was your worst day job? 
CM: Working as a cook. 

drDrew.com: What's your idea of perfect happiness? 
CM: Being alone. 

drDrew.com: What's something you're good at that's totally useless? 
CM: Video games. 

drDrew.com: What was your most memorable celebrity encounter? 
CM: Meeting P.J. Harvey. I met her backstage a few years ago at this show in--where the fuck 
were we?---Denmark or something like that, and I bugged the fuck out. 

drDrew.com: Who would you like to trade places with for a day? 
CM: A woman. 

drDrew.com: Who's your favorite fictional character? 
CM: Darth Vader. 

drDrew.com: What historical figure do you most identify with? 
CM: Joan of Arc. 

drDrew.com: What song best represents the soundtrack of your life? 
CM: "Disintegration" by The Cure. 

drDrew.com: What is your motto? 
CM: If you tell yourself you're the shit, then you are the shit. 

drDrew.com: When you were a kid growing up, who did you imitate when you stood in front of the 
CM: The Incredible Hulk. 

drDrew.com: Name a book you've read recently and liked. 
CM: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson. 

drDrew.com: Name a film you've seen recently and liked. 
CM: American Beauty. 

drDrew.com: Name an album you've heard recently and liked. 
CM: Meshuggah's Chaosphere. 

drDrew.com: Finish this line: "If we can send a man to the moon, then why... ?" 
CM: "can't we build planes that don't fall out of the sky." 

drDrew.com: What will you remember most about the '90's? 
CM: Sitting alone in a room with Madonna.