To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album White Pony, Deftones had a global virtual press conference sharing stories about its creation, the aftermath, and reflecting on its impact. During the event, they revealed plans to reissue the record later this year with a bonus remix album titled Black Stallion.
“We’re going to be releasing later in the year a reissue of the record and we’re going to do sort of a split side of the record, a remixed version of it titled ‘Black Stallion,'” said singer Chino Moreno. “So we have a bunch of different people on it, some that actually inspired some of the writing of the record itself, the original album. So it’s kind of come full circle.”
While they didn’t share any other details they revealed that the idea has been a long time coming. DJ Frank Delgado discussed how the band would talk about White Pony being so good they would get DJ Shadow to remix it and call it Black Stallion.
“I think one time we actually hit him up. He was playing here in town and I was opening DJing and me and Chino kind of cornered him,” Delgado shared. “And we were like, ‘Hey man, what’s up, we’re the Deftones,’ and he looked at us like we were fucking crazy. We were like, ‘We want you to remix our record,’ and he was like, ‘Deftones? Are you guys ska?'”
The band also talked about how the album gave them the confidence they needed to continue making music.
“Us making that record, taking the chances that we were taking, going against the grain and doing something a little more daring and then it actually being successful, I think that really gave us the confidence we needed to keep going throughout the years and make records and to be able to try different things,” said Moreno. “When we started the band, we didn’t have a direct idea of what kind of band we were gonna be anyway, but I just think with this record it helped us to go down that road and still continue to try to do that. Being that the record was as successful as it has given us the confidence to be able to continue to do that.”
“It solidified believing in ourselves and trusting our ideas,” added Delgado. “It kind of just cemented that it works trying to figure what we were doing, what I was doing within songs. Once we were pretty much halfway there, we could all feel that it was on to something special. But after it was all done, most importantly believing in ourselves and trusting in ourselves, believing in our ideas, which is how we still go today, how we still work.”
Deftones recently finished their new album, which may be released in September. The band is also considering releasing an EP version of its shelved album, Eros.