— Mike Shinoda
For the Deftones there was nothing weird about being Latino and making rock music, but others didn’t always see it that way.
“When Deftones first started a lot of people were like isn’t that weird that you guys are mostly a Mexican band playing Heavy Metal?” says Camilo Wong Moreno lead singer of Grammy award winning band Deftones. “I never thought of it as a weird thing until people started mentioning it especially like overseas. People were like this is very odd, I was like no, Latinos are rockers too.
"Isn’t it weird you guys are a mostly mexican band playing heavy metal"
Translation: “what the hell are you non white guys doing playing heavy metal music? This isn’t for you!”
Metalness is next to Mexicanliness.