Deftones' turntable master/scratcher Frank Delgado's career can be traced back to a friend's older brother.
"His older brother used to DJ dances, and I got to carry his records to the gigs," Delgado said during a phone interview from somewhere on the road to Rochester, N.Y. "That's what got me into all the music I did."
The Deftones — Delgado, vocalist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, bassist Chi Cheng and drummer Abe Cunningham — will play the Utah State Fairpark on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The show will open with Glassjaw at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Heavy Metal Shop in Sugarhouse, all Graywhale CD Exchanges, Zumiez in Provo, by phone at 801-492-4845 or online at www.soularium.com.
Delgado said the record spinning/scratching bug bit him after his being around his friend's brother's turntables.
"I finally got enough money to buy my own system," Delgado said. "And I started holding my own house parties."
The vinyl spinner joined the Deftones shortly after he moved to the band's hometown of Sacramento. "I had a gig DJing in a night club there. And Chino used to come in all the time. When the band started playing there, I was used as the house DJ to play between the songs and sets. Soon, the records were used as lead-ins to some of the live songs and the whole thing eventually came together."
Delgado's role in the band, unlike the guitars and drums that are present in all aspects of the tunes, is to weave in and out of the mixes, much like what vocalist Moreno does in some of the band's more ambient works.
"You can say I'm used to fill up space and give a lot of atmosphere to the set," he explained.
Needless to say, the Deftones didn't have a solid goal or agenda on what they wanted to do with the music. "We just want to play the music that satisfies us. I don't want to come across as arrogant, but when we start writing music, we aren't writing for anyone but ourselves. Luckily we have a strong, die-hard fan base that is into what we do."
The new album, "White Pony," is one of the Deftones' most sophisticated and moody albums to date, said Delgado. The other albums — "Adrenaline" and "Around the Fur" — were just a couple of steps used to get to the harder, edgier and more eerie works that are found on "White Pony."
"It was interesting making this album," Delgado said. "There were a lot of arguments and fighting, as there always are. And we're not the type of band that writes songs on the road. We have a habit of going off in our different worlds to do that. So it was a challenge breaking down those walls and working together."
Back in 1995, the year "Adrenaline" was released, the Deftones were on the cutting edge of the New Wave of Rap Metal. It was easy for some fans and critics to lump the Deftones with such grinding rhymers as Rage Against the Machine.
After constant touring and opening for the likes of White Zombie and Black Sabbath, and playing music festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour and Ozzfest, the 'Tones returned to the studio to record "White Pony."
"We tend to stay on our own path," Delgado said. "It might be the wrong path, but we don't want to follow trends."