Chino Moreno

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Chino Moreno (born Camillo Wong Moreno June 20, 1973) is an American musician. He is the lead singer and contributing guitarist of Deftones and Team Sleep. He is well known for his distinctive inhale screams, as well as his soothing tenor voice when he sings melodically.



Moreno was born in Sacramento, California to a Mexican father and a Mexican/Irish/Native American/Chinese mother;[1] the latter being the origin of his Spanish nickname Chino, which means "Chinese" in spanish. He was the third of five children.

On relation to his often ambiguous yet image-heavy poetic lyrics, Moreno quotes: "[Sometimes] my lyrics don't deal with specific topics. I write down on paper the feelings of the moment, it's not easy to explain the contents of the lyrics or give a logical sense to the words. What I write is also a reaction to the music we make, so the Deftones' sound is not pop, it doesn't communicate happy feelings. Paradoxically my favorite songs of the album talk about love, in a clearly different view."[1] Despite this, Chino has been known to write songs about social issues such as racism, prostitution, urban violence, and drugs. However, even these songs can be rather vague and cryptic.

Vocal Damage

In 2001 Moreno developed a throat injury due to heavy screaming and was forced to miss at least four shows. He suffered inflammation on his right vocal cord and partial paralysis of the left vocal cord. During the rest of their supporting tour, Chi Cheng took over vocal duties that required screaming while Chino sang the softer melodies of the lyrics, despite recommendations by doctors to hold off from singing to allow time for recovery as well as rumors that the band would be cancelling the remaining stretch of the tour with Godsmack and Puddle of Mudd. [2]

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