Yo Beat: Issue 10: The Glam Rock to the Bone Issue

Deftones: Bringing Back the Evil

This interview was conducted at the Northampton, Massachusetts Warped Tour. Chino of the Deftones was gracious enough to speak to us. You should pick up their new album, "Around the Fur", or Monty will kick your ass. chino.jpg (21573 bytes)


 What’s your name?



You’re 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, it’s 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.

What’s your favorite beer?

King Cobra.

King Cobra, the 40’s?


Two of those and you’re on your ass.


"MTV can fucking bite my dick."

You have Dickies on, props for that.

All right.


These are Sears.

What do you think about this whole interview thing, is it a pain in the ass?

No, I don’t care, I don’t have anything better to do right now, just drinking beers, so whatever.


Do you have a girlfriend?

Yeah, I have a wife.


Any Children?

Yeah, I have two little boys, 4 and 1.


Is it a pain in the ass?

No, it’s 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 everything’s 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 don’t 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 I’m not really into that. I’m more into the harsh, brash parts of life that are just reality. I’m about to make a video myself and direct it for a song called "Around the Fur" it’ll be just crazy, and MTV I’m sure won’t play it because you can’t show that kind of stuff on TV.


So how do you get that to the people?

Sell it, we’re probably going to put out a home video, so it will be on there. That’s what I’m all about, MTV is there to give you a real quick boost of success, it’s bullshit, so I don’t 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, I’m 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 didn’t really like it. It’s okay, but I’d rather skateboard. I’ve been skateboarding since I was eleven years old. I skate on tour everyday, I don’t rip it or anything. It’s weird though, because a lot of people want to watch me skate, just because I’m 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 doesn’t 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 don’t get fan mail. We get it, but it all goes to the record label, and I just don’t ever see it. I looked at it a couple times and it’s like the same letter, and I really don’t 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?

I’ve got three, this is the first one I got [a sun on his wrist], I don’t like it, but our bass player has it, and I got it. Actually, the sun is probably my biggest enemy, so I’ll probably get it laser removed or cut off my arm. This one [a virgin Mary on his forearm] is the only one I like, I’m really into Catholic art. And I have a tattoo on my back with my name on it. I don’t really like that either.

Any more coming up?

Probably not, I don’t really think about tattoos, it’s just if someone is giving them I’m like, oh I want one. Then a couple months later you’re kind of like, this is stupid.


What do you think about all the alterna kids here?

I hate them, it’s 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. It’s kinda like nowadays it’s really normal and it kinda looks silly.


Now it’d be cool in a GAP commercial?

Whatever, I like GAP, I can’t 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 I’m rich, I’m in a band.


Have you met Madonna (Owner of Maverick, for you pathetic retards who don’ t know this)?

Yeah, she’s cool.


Who else is on Maverick?

Um, to tell you the truth I really don’t know. There’s this band called Baxter. They’re really good. It’s like female vocals with drum and bass type of shit, it’s really good. It won’t come out until September, but it’ll be really good.


You must be a big Candlebox fan?

Actually, I haven’t even heard the new record, but I like some of their old songs. Those hits, I like them. I don’t know how far I’d 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 don’t sing along with Far Behind, you’re 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 we’re making now, or progressive. No matter what I’m gonna still be making music. I know it’ll always pretty much be heavy, because as a band, that was our biggest influence, but it’ll also have a lot of things incorporated into it. I think it does now, and I think it’s just getting, you know, how the Beastie Boys do it. It progresses and progresses and that’s why they’re able to keep making records. They didn’t just get stagnant, they didn’t make twelve Licensed to Ills, they made five progressive records, and that’s what we’re 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 don’t want to be in a category with Korn and any of these other bands. They already have they’re little thing and let them have it. I don’t dislike Korn, I think they’re good, I just don’t want to be in a category with them.

-Brian "Monty" Monaghan

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