This Day In Rock 20.06.2016
Chino Moreno was born Camillo Wong Moreno in Sacramento, California, US, on June 20, 1973. He got his nickname from Mexican relatives' affectionate nods to his mother's Chinese heritage. Before becoming a professional musician, Moreno had a day job at Tower Records' shipping department in Sacramento. With his high-school friends Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter, Moreno started jamming in Carpenter's garage regularly circa 1988. After Chi Cheng joined the three, DEFTONES was formed.
Within two years, the group started playing club shows and their first commercially released album was 'Adrenaline' (1995).
DEFTONES – Bored (from Adrenaline, 1995)
For 1997's 'Around the Fur', the band expanded its sound and in 2000 had an unprecedented commercial success releasing 'White Pony', critically acclaimed. 'White Pony' was followed by 5 released album and an unreleased one, 'Eros'.
During the making of Deftones' 'White Pony', Moreno began work on a side project: Team Sleep. The group released their self-titled debut album in May 2005.
Moreno has also made a number of guest appearances on numerous younger groups' songs and in April 2016 he teamed up with rock and jazz musicians to form the supergroup Saudade.
Chino Moreno is well known for his distinctive screams, as well as his soothing and dramatic tenor voice while singing melodically. In 2007, he was placed at #51 in Hit Parader's "Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time".