DEFTONES Singer Reveals New Side Project

DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno recently spoke to AOL's Noisecreep about a new project he's working on with FAR guitarist Shaun Lopez. "Shaun [has] been a good friend of mine since we were kids," he said. "He's my neighbor and we've done stuff together before. But just recently, during these little breaks that [DEFTONES has] had, we've been recording this real minimal project where it's just me and him and another buddy of mine, Scott Chuck, and we're just writing these little pieces of music, whether it starts with piano or some down tempo beats. It's really minimal and soothing and it's sort of like the stuff I like listening to when I'm not screaming my head off. The tentative name for the project is CROSSES and we have 16 tracks that are almost done. We'll usually work four or five hours a day. I'll go over to Shaun's and sing a bunch of stuff and we'll edit some stuff together. I'll just write lyrics really quickly and it'll be done."

When asked if CROSSES has any releases planned or gigs scheduled, Moreno said, "We don't have any plans to play live, but we might release a series of EPs on our own on the Net. I don't want to talk about it at all — which I'm doing right now. The main thing about it is, I don't want to hype it up and give people all these expectations. To me, that's what made TEAM SLEEP [Moreno's other side project] so hard to do. It was supposed to be this underground thing that would happen whenever, and it developed so much hype around it that it kind of ruined the whole thing for me. Our idea for this is to just put it out there and whoever likes it, cool. I talked to the guitar player of TEAM SLEEP, Todd [Wilkinson], the other day and we want to do the same thing — record music when we can and not have it be such a structured thing where you have to meet deadlines and tour. We just want to make music because we like to do it, just doing it ourselves and utilizing the Internet. That's the plan for those two things within the next year."

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