Twenty years after its release, Deftones are revisiting their White Pony album in a unique way. Vocalist Chino Moreno said in a Zoom press conference the band is working on a remix of White Pony named Black Stallion.
"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."
Keyboardist and turntablist Frank Delgado added the remix of White Pony has technically been in the works since before the album was even recorded. Delgado recalls a pretty funny story about how the idea started with an odd question to DJ Shadow.
"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."
No word on when Black Stallion is expected to be released. Deftones are rumored to release their new album in September, though that has not yet been confirmed.