DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno has opened up about life as a career musician in a recent interview with Mary Hobbs on her BBC Radio show.
”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. I mean, 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. I mean, I’m not complaining about that all; I dig it. I like working, I like playing shows, I like making records.”
The 42 year-old singer also spoke of having two sons involved in music and the sort of advice he imparts as they pursue a career in the footsteps of their old man.
”I have to give advice to my two sons, who are both musicians. And they’re both totally different. One of ’em’s a total punk kid, who’s in a thrash-punk, skate-punk band, whatever. The other kid is a DJ and electronic musician. And both of them, I’m very encouraging to them to have fun and make music. It’s really hard to make it in music. If they’re gonna be wanting to have families and children and get married and this and that, it’d be good to keep in school for the time being while you can. Be a kid while you can be a kid as well, you know? But obviously enjoy yourselves. 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. So I think it’s important to know that”
Deftones eighth studio album Gore is set to be released on April 8. You can head over to deftones.com/gore to secure a preorder and a limitied editon vinyl to be the coolest Deftones fan you know.
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