During a recent interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music‘s Beats 1 Radio, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno offered updates on the band’s new album and their possible “White Pony” 20th anniversary plans. You can read some excerpts from the chat below.
Moreno said the following about the group’s new album progress:
“We just started the mixing process a couple of months back. It worked out as far as doing it remote. Our producer, Terry Date who’s doing the record—he’s in Seattle. As a band, we’re all spread out, any ways. He’s just been working on it and then sending us stuff and we’ll send it back with notes and this and that, whatever.
Usually it would be a little more expedited had we all been able to be in the same room at the same time, but it’s working out and he just finished his first full round of mixing the whole record and now it’s going back to little things and particular things on each song. So we’re using the time, trying to at least, by still working on the record and there’s no rush obviously for us to get out and do anything. So we’re just kinda taking our time with it.”
He also added the following about working with Date again:
“Since trying all these different things we’ve always wanted to go back and make records with him again. We actually started doing a record with him which was titled to be the ‘Eros‘ record, that we started, we got like maybe two thirds of the way through and that’s when Chi had his accident. And then everything just sort of shutdown in our world. And when we reconvened we started on “Diamond Eyes” and at that point we worked with Nick Raskulinecz and sort of went on a journey in that direction.
I think we felt… we love Terry. He’s pretty much been there since the beginning of us making records. We just vibe with him really good, he’s super easygoing. He’s not a producer that’s in there trying to push his ideas into what we’re doing, other than to just capture what it is that happens when we get together, as well as speaking up when stuff isn’t where it should be or whatever. He’s just a great dude.”
He went on to discuss release plans and the uncertainty of the band’s summer tour with Gojira and Poppy:
“We haven’t really discussed it too deeply other than we plan on it coming out this summer. It’s not looking like we’re going to be able to get out there this summer to support it. So does it make sense to put it out when you can’t support it? Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. I think that’s something that we’re going to have to figure out sooner than later. But I think our mindset right now is just finishing it completely and making sure that it’s great. And then taking it from there.”
On another note, Moreno also talked about the possibility of releasing a remixed 20th anniversary edition of “White Pony“:
“There’s a little talk of it. Well, actually it’s funny because we talked about this when the record came out that we wanted to remix the ‘White Pony‘ record. Our initial idea was we’re going to get the masters of the ‘White Pony‘ record. And we’re going to put some money in a briefcase and the masters in a briefcase. And we’re going to go to DJ Shadow‘s house and we’re just going to hand it off to him and say like, ‘Here man, remix this record.’ And we wanted to call it the ‘Black Stallion’.
But yeah, I mean we still may try to do something similar to that. I mean, who will be involved? I’m not quite sure yet. Because re-releasing a record and having it would be great, but obviously it’s like what are we going to do? Change the album cover, different sleeve or whatever? It’s like it’d be cool to actually…”
“That’s the thing that every song that we made is on that record. So yeah. So we don’t have anything leftover really. I mean we did have a couple B-sides, but those were released already too. So I think it would be to try to maybe add a little something to it, whatever. Or do it in a neat way and not just do a remix just for doing a remix, obviously that’d be good.
That’s kind of the only thing we’re thinking about really doing that. And I mean, maybe playing some shows would be great to see where that goes as far as maybe doing the record in its entirety or something like that at some point.”