Deftones: Bringing Back the Evil
Whats your name?
Youre from California right?
What kind of music did you grow up listening to?
I grew up listening to new wave music, man. I still do, its probably my favorite music of all time. I like a lot of synthetic music, but really good synthetic music. Depeche Mode was probably my favorite, still my favorite band of all time. But, I grew up on a lot of the Cure and The Smiths, things like that. Somewhat kind of Goth, depressing kind of music.
|Whats your favorite beer?
King Cobra, the 40s?
Two of those and youre on your ass.
"MTV can fucking bite my dick."
|You have Dickies on, props for that.
These are Sears.
What do you think about this whole interview thing, is it a pain in the ass?
No, I dont care, I dont have anything better to do right now, just drinking beers, so whatever.
Do you have a girlfriend?
Yeah, I have a wife.
Yeah, I have two little boys, 4 and 1.
Is it a pain in the ass?
No, its cool. I mean, maybe for my wife it is, she has to watch them, but for me I just go out and make the money send it home, and everythings fine.
What do you think about MTV?
MTV can fucking bite my dick.
You guys have a video right?
Yeah we have a couple videos, for a couple songs off our old album, and a couple songs off our new album.
What do you think about making videos?
I like to make videos because I like to see visuals to our music, but the last video was just what our record label thought what was MTV wanted to see, and I will never ever ever do that again. Our label [Maverick] is really cool, they dont really tell us to do anything, but this last video we made they finally asked a favor of us, and it was a really one sided version of what we are all about. It was all this artsy, gay shit, and Im not really into that. Im more into the harsh, brash parts of life that are just reality. Im about to make a video myself and direct it for a song called "Around the Fur" itll be just crazy, and MTV Im sure wont play it because you cant show that kind of stuff on TV.
So how do you get that to the people?
Sell it, were probably going to put out a home video, so it will be on there. Thats what Im all about, MTV is there to give you a real quick boost of success, its bullshit, so I dont want to have anything to do with that, nor do I want to have to do with large press and things like that. All the success we have we built by ourselves, anything besides that, Im sure, might help a little bit, but at the same time, it might hurt us by pushing up into the mainstream too much.
What do you do in your free time?
I drink, snort coke, hang out with people.
Ever tried snowboarding?
Yeah, I didnt really like it. Its okay, but Id rather skateboard. Ive been skateboarding since I was eleven years old. I skate on tour everyday, I dont rip it or anything. Its weird though, because a lot of people want to watch me skate, just because Im in a band.
The rest of the guys in your band bike too right?
Well, Stephen bikes, and Abe skates. He used to skateboard with me, he doesnt really do it too much anymore. My skateboard actually got stolen yesterday and I want to give a shout out to the person who stole it. A big fuck you to the mother fucker who climbed in my bus and took my skateboard out of it.
What kind of freaky fan mail do you get?
I dont get fan mail. We get it, but it all goes to the record label, and I just dont ever see it. I looked at it a couple times and its like the same letter, and I really dont have the time to write back to people, but I do appreciate people being interested.
"I'm Rich, I'm in a band"
Tattoos? How do you feel about em?
Ive got three, this is the first one I got [a sun on his wrist], I dont like it, but our bass player has it, and I got it. Actually, the sun is probably my biggest enemy, so Ill probably get it laser removed or cut off my arm. This one [a virgin Mary on his forearm] is the only one I like, Im really into Catholic art. And I have a tattoo on my back with my name on it. I dont really like that either.
|Any more coming up?
Probably not, I dont really think about tattoos, its just if someone is giving them Im like, oh I want one. Then a couple months later youre kind of like, this is stupid.
What do you think about all the alterna kids here?
I hate them, its pretty wack. I can understand it, I did it myself, but I was like, 14 years old. I got my eyebrow pierced before anybody had it, and then it started becoming cliché and I took it out. Its kinda like nowadays its really normal and it kinda looks silly.
Now itd be cool in a GAP commercial?
Whatever, I like GAP, I cant bag on them. I would do a GAP ad anytime, I still shop there. The GAP and Banana Republic.
Banana Republic is a little pricey.
It is a little pricey, but Im rich, Im in a band.
Have you met Madonna (Owner of Maverick, for you pathetic retards who don t know this)?
Yeah, shes cool.
Who else is on Maverick?
Um, to tell you the truth I really dont know. Theres this band called Baxter. Theyre really good. Its like female vocals with drum and bass type of shit, its really good. It wont come out until September, but itll be really good.
You must be a big Candlebox fan?
Actually, I havent even heard the new record, but I like some of their old songs. Those hits, I like them. I dont know how far Id go into like buying the record and rocking out in my room, but when they come on the radio I always get a big grin on my face, and I will sing along. If you say you dont sing along with Far Behind, youre lying.
Where do you see yourself as a band?
I just want to make records, and ten years from now, still be making records, whether it is the same as were making now, or progressive. No matter what Im gonna still be making music. I know itll always pretty much be heavy, because as a band, that was our biggest influence, but itll also have a lot of things incorporated into it. I think it does now, and I think its just getting, you know, how the Beastie Boys do it. It progresses and progresses and thats why theyre able to keep making records. They didnt just get stagnant, they didnt make twelve Licensed to Ills, they made five progressive records, and thats what were all about, doing what we like and what we want to instead of conforming. The minute you get too much MTV and too much media, people will put you in a category. I dont want to be in a category with Korn and any of these other bands. They already have theyre little thing and let them have it. I dont dislike Korn, I think theyre good, I just dont want to be in a category with them.
-Brian "Monty" Monaghan