June 20, 1973 (50)
Chino Moreno is an American musician primarily recognized for his dynamic tenure as the frontman of the alternative metal band Deftones. As the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist, his distinctive musical style has undeniably shaped the sound and image of Deftones, securing their place in the annals of rock history.
Moreno’s prowess extends beyond his groundbreaking role in Deftones. His discography is marked by several standout albums, with the band’s second album “Around the Fur” setting the tone for their future success. Their follow-up album, “White Pony,” saw Moreno and his bandmates push the boundaries of the genre and proved to be a critical and commercial success. Meanwhile, Moreno’s experimental supergroup, Team Sleep, released a self-titled album that further demonstrated his musical range. Moreover, his works with side projects Crosses and Palms exhibit his ability to transition between different styles and genres.
In his expansive career, Moreno has had the opportunity to work with a wide array of artists, musicians, and influential figures. Collaborating with musicians like Maynard James Keenan of Tool on Passenger, Rob Flynn of Machine Head, and Max Cavalera of Sepultura showcases his ability to blend his distinct voice with other genres. He’s also collaborated with Tommy Lee, Cypress Hill, Nick Raskulinecz, Shaun Lopez, and Jerry Cantrell.
Despite his humble demeanor, Moreno’s contributions have not gone unnoticed in the industry. He has been the recipient of several awards throughout his career, reinforcing his position as a pivotal figure in alternative music. In 2000, Moreno and the Deftones won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for their song “Elite”. Their album “Diamond Eyes” was ranked the best album of 2010 by Rock Sound. Furthermore, in 2016, their album “Gore” debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, a significant achievement that signifies the band’s sustained success.
While Moreno’s passion for music is unquestionable, he has also shown a strong affinity for animal welfare. In 2016, Moreno performed at a charity concert in California, proceeds from which were directed to the ASPCA. It’s evident that Moreno’s influence extends beyond the realm of music, as he continues to leverage his prominence for positive change.