David Deco Oosthuizen of The Metal Review conducted an interview with DEFTONES members Frank Delgado (turntables, keyboards) and Sergio Vega (bassist) prior to the band’s August 10 performance at the Oppikoppi Festival 2013 in South Africa. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
The Metal Review: Tell us about what’s been happening with the band since your latest album, “Koi No Yokan”, launched back in November 2012.
Frank: Well, our touring schedule has been hectic, of course, but we have learned after many years to take some important breaks more frequently as needed. We all have family, so these breaks are more important perhaps than in our younger years, so it all works out.
Sergio: For me, regular time home helps to balance all the important things in our lives. For “Diamond Eyes”, for instance, we used to do three months solid touring runs, which were awesome, as we were tight and cooking as a band, but it did create a sense of distance with our families, so balance is very important.
The Metal Review: Guys I have to ask, with the tragic passing of Chi Cheng on April 13, years after his 2008 accident which left him in a coma, it obviously affected you as a band. How have you managed to cope and come to terms with this sad event when it comes to the writing of new material?
Frank: For us, the creative process and our music are organic and when we get into the st