How To Get Into Creative Flow State w/Deftones | Ep. 022
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🎸 Chino and Sergio from Deftones give their advice to optimize your flow state activation, get your creative juices going and how to get into creative flow state.

Chino also reveals what happened when his grandma visited him at the recording studio while producing the "White Pony album"...


In this creative flow podcast, Chino Moreno (singer) and Sergio Vega (bassist) from Deftones explain how Chi Cheng's situation affected the hard rock band. The hardship of loosing a longtime friend and partner brought the other band members closer together and made them reflect on the value of Life.

Sergio Vega, who replaced Chi Cheng as the band's bassman, reflects on his positive influence and support towards his new band mates in grief. Chino discusses how the dramatic atmosphere surrounding the Deftones pushed the rock music band to rebuild its foundation and creative flow. Moreno tells about the musical inspiration hence generated, as band members lost themselves in their music while living their grief.

Finally, Deftones fans are reminded to support Chi Cheng's surviving family's efforts to raise awareness about wearing your seat belt by donating through

In the interview, Chino Moreno and Sergio Vega expose how the heavy rock band create their best rock songs. From the raw atmosphere of their first rock albums Adrenaline and Around the Fur, to the experimental feel of White Pony, Chino admits keeping himself from becoming creatively bored. Sergio adds that their methodology for writing music relies on simplicity and spontaneity.

In the podcast, Chino Moreno - co-founder of side projects Team Sleep, Crosses, and Palms - and Vega - from former post-hardcore band Quicksand - enumerate the musical influences behind his band's hard rock music. These influences include Sade, HR (Bad Brains), Mike Patton, plus... Michaël Jackson and Boy George (!?), and other bands Deftones played with on tour, like Dillinger Escape Plan.

The frontman of the Sacramento-based heavy rock music band discusses the special vocal FX heard in the Grammy-Award-winning single Elite (White Pony; 2000). The clever process created voices mimicking Transformers characters Megatron, Starscream and Soundwave.

Chino Moreno narrates how his grandmother reacted when she saw him in studio, recording - i.e. screaming - the very energetic chorus of the song.


#1 | Don't Overthink It

#2 | Avoid Formulas

#3 | Keep It Fun !

📣 What are YOUR tips to get your creative juices going ? Please, share with other Seïtos !

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🎙️ WHO AM I ?

I’m Sensei Pascal, former radio personality on XM Satellite Radio, passionate martial artist, relentless entrepreneur, enthusiastic adventurer, inspired essayist (Oxford Brookes University), motivated fitness coach, aspiring comedian and insatiable student of the human experience.

Master of Kenpo Karate, WKC World Championships silver medallist and survivor of multiple extreme endurance races, I dedicate myself to the betterment of others. My humble vocation is to support and guide people on their path to self realization.

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