Deftones are from Sacramento, CA. They formed in the
late eighties playing mostly cover tunes of bands like Danzig and Metallica. They started making up
some of their own stuff, with a funk metal sound similiar to Primus and Danzig. They eventually developed the sound
they have now; moody melodic vocals mixed with thrashy, heavy music. They have released 3 albums - Adrenaline, Around the Fur, and White Pony, and have toured all over the world.
The original line up included Chino, Stef, Abe, and bass player Dominic. Abe left the band to join Phallacy, a strange sounding, jazzy, funky band. "Abe and I used to sit in class listening to Phalucy on
my walkman and idolizing 'em," said Chino (in 1993). "I'm not surprised he left." Dominic played drums for Deftones for a while but also left for Phallucy. The vacancies in Deftones were soon filled by John Taylor on drums and Chi Cheng on bass.
Later, John left and Abe became full time drummer. And after that, Frank Delgado became their DJ. They developed a large fan base in Sac at the local Cattle Club, then expanded to the Bay Area, where they later signed with Maverick
Stephen started with a punk band in '86. "Four Mexicans. We were all skaters. We were so bad, we didn't know we had to tune to each
other, we just played. I'd been playing two weeks and we just started jammin'. I was like, yeah I'm in a real band"
Stephen said in 1993,"If we ever get signed, I want to set up the whole band in the back yard around 1:00 a.m. and just blam"
The band's first big gig was with Psychefunkapus and Blue Velvet
They have released six videos, 7words, Bored, My Own Summer (Shove it), Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away), Change, and Digital Bath. See the Video section for more info on those.
Stephen has eaten a five pound hamburger.
The bands first "show" was at one of my cousin's parties in his backyard. Fresh.