“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.