Deftones frontman Chino Moreno spoke candidly in a interview on BBC Radio this past weekend about the misconceptions people have about being a successful rock artist. Moreno explained, "One of the biggest myths about being a rock star would probably, obviously be the word 'rock star' itself -- you know, that everything is given to you. You make a few records, or you win a Grammy, or you have a platinum record and then . . . that everything's sort of easy. I remember when we first got signed in 1995, in my mind, I thought, 'Wow, we made it.' And then I realized that we left our town of Sacramento and went to the Midwest of America and we're playing for two, three people a night sometimes. So it's always constant work."
Moreno continued, "Even today, it's, like, if we don't tour for a good third of the year, we're not gonna be able to pay our bills. It's not like, I guess, how people perceive it -- like, you're gonna get in a rock band and you're gonna be driving around in a Lamborghini. It's not gonna happen. Unless you're Justin Bieber or Adele or somebody, honestly, I mean, you have to actually work to earn a living."
- Moreno added, "I'm not complaining about that all; I dig it. I like working, I like playing shows, I like making records."
- The singer also discussed having two sons who are both musicians, saying, "I've never discouraged them from doing music; I think it's great. And I like the fact that the music they do is something very much that they've chose to do. They do their own thing and I think that's great. But, you know, I'm the parent now that's, like, telling them to, like, to have something to fall back on, obviously."
- One of Moreno's sons is in a thrash-punk act, while the other is into electronic music and DJing.
- Deftones will release its eagerly awaited eighth studio album, titled Gore, on April 8th. The first single is called "Prayers/Triangles."