Tool and Puscifer lead singer Maynard James Keenan revealed his opinions about Deftones‘ album ‘White Pony’ 20th-anniversary special edition and the iconic song ‘Passenger’ remix made by Linkin Park rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda and apparently, Keenan also helped the making of the remix.
‘White Pony’ is the third studio album by Deftones and it was released on June 20, 2000. The album marked a significant growth in the band’s sound and is considered a turning point in their history.
Two decades after, Deftones released a 20th-anniversary special edition of their iconic album, and one particular song, ‘Passenger,’ is remixed by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.
During an interview, Maynard James Keenan revealed that he also helped the members of Deftones with their remix album, especially on the song ‘Passenger.’ Keenan offered help while the members did not know him personally and navigated them for new perspectives on music.
Keenan also stated that through the making of the album, he made the members switch instruments and play with music in order to create a new field of creativity.
Here is what Keenan said:
“I was told the guys were having a bit of 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. 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?'”
Keenan also revealed that he helped Deftones up until the members found their own creative gate.
Here is how he continued:
“I stuck around long enough for them to start itching to not have me around. Eventually, it was time for me to let them be. The result of my interruption was for them to unconsciously remember or feel what connected them in the first place. By the time I saw them again, they had opened their own creative floodgates.”
You can click here to see the source and listen to the remix of ‘Passenger’ below.