Both Tool and Puscifer lead singer Maynard James Keenan revealed his opinions about working with Deftones and apparently, Keenan helped them with the original version of their iconic album ‘White Pony’ other than his vocal performance in the song ‘Passenger.’
‘White Pony,’ which was released on June 20, 2000, is the third studio album by Deftones and it marked a significant growth in the band’s sound which was considered a turning point in their history.
Apparently, Maynard James Keenan was at the band’s rehearsal studio during the writing sessions, brought champagne and percussion instruments. Keenan hung out with them and weighed in with ideas and feedback. When Deftones turned to L.A. in early 2000 for mixing and final vocals, Keenan stepped behind the mic and recorded the track ‘Passenger’ with frontman Chino Moreno.
Since Deftones are launching a special limited-edition ‘White Pony’ 20th-anniversary bundle, during a recent interview, Maynard James Keenan looked back on the original version of the album and opened up about the making process.
Keenan revealed that he gave them a fresh perspective with new instruments, improvisation, and the result was a hit. According to Keenan, the look on their faces was priceless as the process went down perfectly thanks to his ideas.
Here is what Keenan stated in the interview:
“I was told the guys were having a bit of a writer’s block or some turmoil within the band. Who knows? They certainly weren’t going to discuss that with me, an almost total stranger. They were very strong-willed gents. Dare I say stubborn… Up to that point, they seemed to have been able to navigate through their differences in ideas and approaches. Great first efforts. The evidence is all there.
I felt like they just needed a bit of new perspective. I had them each switch instruments, play on the bowls, take one loop, and try some improvisation. The look on their faces was priceless. I might as well have been wearing hippie beads and bunny ears. I could just feel Stephen thinking, ‘What kind of acid-trip crap is this?'”
You can click here to see the source and can see the remix and original version of ‘Passenger’ below.