Former DEFTONES bassist SERGIO VEGA says his exit has ‘nothing to do with money’: ‘Purely for belonging’

ex tone bass player Sergio Vega The news of his departure from the band was made public.

51-year-old musician, officially joined tone In 2009, he confirmed his exit two months earlier, just days after a new photo of the group without him appeared online on various digital service providers. At the time, he shared a video on social media explaining his thoughts on the breakup.inside Instagram video, Vega Detailing the contract issues that have created a rift between him and members of the Sacramento Act.

Now, in a new interview “The Justa Show”, Vega further elaborated on his tone And how internal disagreements over his hiring of the Gunners position in the team have divided them.

“On a creative level, they’re always super open and super cool,” Sergio say in part (as in transcription BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “Really, when we talk about the other end, the financial end, that’s what I get, you’re Chino [Moreno, DEFTONES singer] you have family, you have a lot of family, and [if] things are over [to] Five-way split [from] Four-way split, it changes things, and it affects your life. As a result, financial shifts and financial volatility become unpredictable. But for me, even in my position, my demands or negotiations were never mentioned. Not that it’s even possible. As half of the band catalog, you’ll never see money from something you’re not involved in. But it was never about money. Because even the publishing is there; it doesn’t matter.It’s purely about belonging; it’s purely about wanting [feel] as if you were in it. “

Recall the fact that he joined tone as a replacement for the band’s late bassist Chi Cheng, Sergio Say, “In the beginning, I would do anything. I was just, like, ‘My friend is in trouble, and I just want to help.’ I mean, ‘Whatever you need, I have it. If that’s the case , “Hey, play these bass lines. We got this thing. “I was like, ‘Yeah. cool. “As a hired gunman, there’s no room for creative input – that’s fine. That’s one thing, you just walk around your head. Originally, my if only The goal is to do my best to help those in need and those I care about. Just because the way it presented to me was, ‘This is how it’s going to go down,’ and I started to go, ‘Hey…'”

Vega Denies he is dissatisfied with his position tone Only related to finances. “It’s a long-term thing,” he explained. “It’s like, ‘Hey, guys.’ “Okay, cool. We are very satisfied with the status quo. “And it’s never been about the money, it’s always, like, ‘Here’s another raise. “I was, like, ‘It’s not about that. I think it’s a misunderstanding, like I’m trying to change my contract during a pandemic. I’m not.

“Part of this strange dynamic is that dual roles create dissonance in the sense of being a core and key writer, arranger and collaborator, and at the same time as someone who gets paid for a salary,” he said. “Not for myself, but for the whole thing. So, like, hey, you’re home, you’re getting paid. But I’m, like, these are the parameters I’ve been trying to change. One boat. Not equal money or something, but good times, good times. When there is income, we can draw from it. When there is no income, you stick to your stuff.

“It was never about the money and it was never about that,” Sergio to reiterate. “It’s just literally being in the same situation, so it doesn’t create these discordant opportunities to be like, ‘Oh, you’re doing this, but we’re paying you when you’re doing it. I got a call, It was like, ‘We lost a lot of money on storage space and you. I was like, ‘This is my problem. I was likened to storage space. I am a line item. “It’s not money. It’s just dynamic. So it’s not me asking for anything during the pandemic; it’s the contract being cancelled, it’s their right. And then I’m like, ‘Okay, cool. This doesn’t fit any’ Man. We can finally work out the full restructuring. But at the end of the day, we can’t really come to an agreement on this. So that’s ok. Basically, everything I said [my initial video] The statement is what happened. I totally understand their position. But my point is that I also have to respect where I am and where I stand, which is not… because for lack of a better word, there is this dissonance that is pervasive and ultimately affects my spirit as well. “

Vega Emerged on the New York City hardcore scene in the late 1980s, then went on to perform in influential post-hardcore trios quicksand. quicksand Released two major albums (“Manic oppression” and “slip”) before closing. soon, Vega find yourself filling out tone and eventually joined the band as a full-time replacement Procedure.

Chi Died in April 2013 at the age of 42. He has been in a semi-conscious state for more than four years after being seriously injured in a car accident in November 2008.

quicksand In 2012, reorganized and released a comeback album, “Interior”, in 2017, ended the band’s 22-year gap between LPs. follow-up efforts, “Distant Crowd”arrived last August.

tone recruit Fred Sablan as their new touring bassist Vega‘s departure. Sablan and tone On April 14th at the opening concert of the band’s Spring 2022 U.S. tour at the Moda Center in the Rose District of Portland, OR.

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