Moreno performing with Deftones in 2014.
|Birth name||Camillo Wong Moreno|
June 20, 1973|
Sacramento, California, United States
|Genres||Alternative metal, alternative rock, experimental rock, post-metal, electronic rock, nu metal (early)|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Maverick, Reprise, Ipecac, Sumerian|
|Associated acts||Deftones, Team Sleep, Crosses, Palms, Saudade|
Chino Moreno (born Camillo Wong Moreno; June 20, 1973) is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones. He is also a member of the side-project groups Team Sleep, Crosses, Saudade, and Palms.
Moreno is well known for his distinctive screams, as well as his soothing and dramatic tenor voice while singing melodically. In 2007, he was placed at number 51 in Hit Parader's "Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time".
Moreno was born in Sacramento, California, the second of five children. His father is Mexican and his mother is Chinese. He grew up in the Oak Park area and attended McClatchy High School, where he met Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter, with whom he found Deftones in 1988. Before becoming a professional musician, Moreno had a day job at Tower Records' shipping department.
With his high-school friends Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter, Moreno started jamming in Carpenter's garage regularly circa 1988. After Chi Cheng joined the three, Deftones was formed. Within two years, the group started playing club shows. They were signed to Maverick Records after one of their representatives saw them play in Los Angeles. Their first commercially released album was Adrenaline (1995), produced by Terry Date. While the album wasn't an instant success, extensive touring, word-of-mouth, and Internet promotion built the band a dedicated fan base, as well as helping Adrenaline to sell over 220,000 copies without the singles "7 Words" and "Bored" (as well as their music videos) receiving any airplay. For 1997's Around the Fur, the band expanded its sound, spending more time with Date, and giving more thought to the album's production. The record was highly anticipated and propelled Deftones to fame in the alternative metal scene on the strength of radio and MTV airplay for the singles "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)".
White Pony was released in 2000 to critical acclaim and unprecedented commercial success. Frank Delgado had become a full-time band member, adding new elements to the band's music, while Moreno himself contributed guitar lines in addition to vocals. With influences of new wave, dream pop, and trip hop, the album is considered a turning point for the band in terms of experimentation. Singles "Change (In the House of Flies)" and "Digital Bath" supported the album's release. A single entitled "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" was released as a rap-influenced reinterpretation of White Pony's closing track, "Pink Maggit". While commercially successful and a fan favourite, the band have vociferously objected to its publication. White Pony was subsequently re-released with "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" as the album's opening track. For the song "Elite", Deftones received the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
In 2001, Moreno developed a throat injury due to heavy screaming and was forced to miss at least four shows. He suffered inflammation on his right vocal cord and partial paralysis of the left vocal cord. During the rest of their supporting tour, bassist Chi Cheng took over vocal duties that required screaming while Moreno sang the softer melodies of the lyrics, despite recommendations by doctors to hold off from singing to allow time for recovery as well as rumors that the band would be cancelling the remaining stretch of the tour with Godsmack and Puddle of Mudd.
The eponymous Deftones was released in 2003, and saw the band being praised for the heavy album's progression and originality in the midst of declining creativity in contemporary metal. Moreno was quoted as saying, "It's all on record. We told motherfuckers not to lump us in with nu metal because when those bands go down we aren't going to be with them." B-Sides & Rarities saw release in 2005, bringing together unreleased and obscure material accrued since 1995. 2006's Saturday Night Wrist was completed after a protracted and tumultuous recording process, nearly leading to Moreno's departure from Deftones. Later he said it had been "a seriously unhealthy experience" and he "wasn't sure if [he] was going to return" at the time the band was on a self imposed hiatus. After eventually finishing the album in early 2006, Moreno claimed it to be more of a compromise between all of the members' influences, ranging from their brutal and brooding heavy signature seen on Adrenaline and Around the Fur to the more experimental sound heard on White Pony and Deftones. However, the band saw a significant decrease on the album's first week sales compared to their two previous releases.
Deftones were working on an upcoming album with the working title Eros, when bassist Chi Cheng got severely injured in a car accident in November 2008, remaining in a minimally conscious state and later a partially conscious state up until his death in April 2013. In 2009, the group had recruited Sergio Vega for his replacement and announced an indefinite delay of Eros, stating "... we realized that this record doesn't best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians." With Vega, the group began work on a new album, Diamond Eyes, which was released on May 4, 2010. It saw the release of the popular singles "Rocket Skates", "You've Seen the Butcher" and "Diamond Eyes". In November 2012, Deftones released their seventh studio album, titled Koi No Yokan. "Leathers", "Tempest" and "Swerve City" came out as its singles.
In March 2011, Moreno stated to be working on a new side project known as Crosses, featuring Far guitarist Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom. Moreno described the project as "minimal and soothing, and it's sort of like the stuff I like listening to when I'm not screaming my head off." Their debut self-titled EP was released on August 2, 2011. EP 2 appeared the next year.
In April 2012 it was announced that Moreno had joined former Isis members Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer in a side project by the name of Palms. Their first album was released on June 25, 2013.
In April 2016 Moreno teamed up with guitarist Dr. Know of Bad Brains, drummer Mackie Jayson (Bad Brains, Cro-Mags); jazz keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski, Martin, and Wood; and bassist Chuck Doom (Team Sleep, Crosses) to form the supergroup Saudade. They released their first single through BitTorrent Bundle on April 28, 2016.
Moreno has also made a number of guest appearances on numerous younger groups' songs, such as "Bender" by Sevendust, "Paralytic" by Dead Poetic, "Vengeance Is Mine" by Droid, "Caviar" by Dance Gavin Dance, "Surrender Your Sons" by Norma Jean, and "Reprogrammed to Hate" by Whitechapel. In 2009, Moreno recorded a song with Thirty Seconds to Mars to appear on their album This Is War, but was not finished. On May 2, 2010, he performed "The Kill" with 30 Seconds to Mars.
In June 2016 the Secret Solstice music festival announced that Moreno will perform at Thrihnukagigur in what will be the first ever public concert inside the magma chamber of a volcano.
Influences and lyrical style
Moreno's musical influences consist of a wide range of styles and genres, notably bands as The Cure, Bad Brains, PJ Harvey, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Duran Duran, The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, Helmet, Jawbox, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Hum, Kool Keith, Alice in Chains, Tool, Girls Against Boys, Jane's Addiction and Weezer. For Revolver he selected five non-metal records that influenced him: The Cure's Pornography, Helium's No Guitars, Mogwai's EP+2, My Bloody Valentine's Loveless and The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. He also made a list of his thirteen favourite albums for The Quietus, containing Small Craft on a Milk Sea by Brian Eno, Sunset Mission by Bohren und der Club of Gore, Fever Ray's self-titled album, Venus Luxure No.1 Baby by Girls Against Boys, Turn on the Bright Lights by Interpol, You'd Prefer An Astronaut by Hum, Saturdays = Youth by M83, Black Noise by Pantha du Prince, Love Deluxe by Sade, Talkie Walkie by Air, Born to Mack by Too Short, The Blue Moods of Spain by Spain and Standards by Tortoise.
In relation to his often ambiguous yet image-heavy poetic lyrics, he quotes: "[Sometimes] my lyrics don't deal with specific topics. I write down on paper the feelings of the moment, it's not easy to explain the contents of the lyrics or give a logical sense to the words. What I write is also a reaction to the music we make, so the Deftones' sound is not pop, it doesn't communicate happy feelings. Paradoxically my favorite songs of the album talk about love, in a clearly different view." Despite this, Moreno has been known to write songs about social issues such as racism, prostitution, urban violence, and drugs. However, even these songs can be rather vague and cryptic.
He has two sons, Kristian and Jakobe, from a previous marriage to Celeste Schroeder. He married Risa Mora in 2012 and has a daughter from this current marriage.
- Gibson 1961 SG
- Fender Mustang
- Fender Jaguar
- Fender Stratocaster (Customized with single active EMG pick-ups)
- ESP Viper 301
- Epiphone G-400
- Knaggs Guitars Keya T2
Amplifiers and Cabinets
- Orange Music Electronic Company KT88 180watt Amplifier
- Orange Music Electronic Company 4x12 Cabinets
- Marshall 1960B 4x12 Cabinet
- ISP Technologies Vector SL 600 watt 15" Guitar Subwoofer cabinets
- Boss CE5 Chorus
- Boss DD6 Delay
- Range of other Boss and MXR effect pedals.
- "Wicked" – Ice Cube cover from Life Is Peachy by Korn (1996)
- "Savory" – Jawbox cover from Soon by Far (1997)
- "Will To Die" – from In This Defiance by Strife (1997)
- "First Commandment" – from Soulfly by Soulfly (1998)
- "Bender" – from Home by Sevendust, credited as "Pony One" (1999)
- "(Rock) Superstar" – from Skull and Bones by Cypress Hill (2000)
- "Danger Girl" – from Tried + True by Tinfed (2000)
- "Pain" – from Primitive by Soulfly (2000)
- "Things!" – from Hesher by Hesher (2001)
- "Ashamed" – from Never a Dull Moment by Tommy Lee (2002)
- "Feed the World (Do They Know It's Christmas)" feat. Far – Band Aid cover from A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas by various artists (2003)
- "The Hours" – from White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School (2004)
- "Red Sky" – Thrice (appeared during the band's live set at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in 2005)
- "Paralytic" and "Crashing Down" – from Vices by Dead Poetic (2006)
- "Zombie Eaters" – Faith No More cover from The Undercover Sessions by Ill Niño (2006)
- "Rock for Light" – from Family Compilation Vol. 3 by Bad Brains (2006)
- "A Day in the Life of a Poolshark" – from Strange We Should Meet Here by Idiot Pilot (2006)
- "Fistful of Nothing" – from Runs Astray by Atomic Six (2007)
- "Vengeance is Mine" – from Droid by Droid (2007)
- Several songs from Astrological Straits by Zach Hill (2008)
- "Wall" – from HAKAI by Wagdug Futuristic Unity (2008)
- "Caviar" – from Dance Gavin Dance by Dance Gavin Dance (2008)
- "Surrender Your Sons..." – from The Anti Mother by Norma Jean (2008)
- "Reprogrammed To Hate" – from A New Era of Corruption by Whitechapel (2010)
- "Only One" – from A Public Disservice Announcement by Methods of Mayhem (2010)
- "If I Could" – from All 6's And 7's by Tech N9ne (2011)
- "Right Outside" – from Beautiful Things by Anthony Green (2012)
- "RAZORS.OUT" – from The Raid: Redemption by Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese (2012)
- "Hexes" feat. Bassnectar – from Resident Evil: Retribution by tomandandy (2012)
- "Embers" – from VII: Sturm und Drang by Lamb of God (2015)
- Adrenaline (1995, Maverick/Warner Bros.)
- Around the Fur (1997, Maverick/Warner Bros.)
- White Pony (2000, Maverick)
- Deftones (2003, Maverick)
- Saturday Night Wrist (2006, Maverick)
- Eros (recorded in 2008 but unreleased)
- Diamond Eyes (2010, Warner Bros./Reprise)
- Koi No Yokan (2012, Warner Bros./Reprise)
- Gore (2016, Reprise)
With Team Sleep
- Team Sleep (2005, Maverick)
- Woodstock Sessions Vol. 4 (2015)
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- Droid (Media notes). Droid. Emotional Syphon Recordings. 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
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