Deftones Are Working On a White Pony Remix Album, Black Stallion
Deftones sampler/keyboardist Frank Delgado hinted earlier this spring that the band might work on something special to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album, White Pony, which came out in June of 2000. Now frontman Chino Moreno has confirmed the band has a celebration in the works.
As part of a global Zoom press conference, frontman Chino Moreno revealed:
“We’re gonna 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‘. 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.”
The Black Stallion idea actually isn’t new, with turntablist Frank Delgado explaining it had its genesis back in the day:
“We would talk about our new record, how good it was going to be and we’d immediately jump to, ‘It’s going to be so good, we’re going to have [DJ] Shadow remix it and we’ll 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 [Moreno] kind of cornered him.
“We were like, ‘Hey man, we’re the Deftones,’ and he looked at us like we were fucking crazy. We were like, ‘We want you remix our record,’ and he was like, ‘Deftones? Are you guys ska?’ But he was like, ‘Well, send it to me,’ kind of like trying to get rid of us and we were like, ‘Well, we haven’t actually recorded it yet.’ It was kind of batshit crazy of us.”
DJ Shadow will be among the participants on Black Stallion. “It’s funny because now he’s involved in that and I think that’s kind of special,” said Delgado. “This record was just embedded in our brains before we put it down on tape. It’s crazy. I think it has a lot to do with the hangs we were doing. We were just friends hanging out and making shit happen.”