Deftones have parted ways with bassist Sergio Vega after 12 years and four albums with the musician, according to a video statement from the bassist on Tuesday (March 8).
Vega is also Quicksand’s bassist. He co-founded the post-hardcore act 19 years before joining alternative metal stalwarts led by Chino Moreno at Deftones in 2009.
Vega’s explanation for leaving Deftones suggests he was never made an official band member, despite his long tenure after Deftones bassist Chi Cheng’s career-ending car crash in 2008 and his death in 2013. Vega further states a path to membership made available to Deftones keyboardist and record player Frank Delgado was not offered to him.
Vega contributed to four Deftones studio albums – 2010s diamond eyes2012 Koi No Yokan2016 Blood and the last 2020s of the Californian group ohm.
Rumors regarding Vega’s possible exit from the outfit emerged several months ago, according to reports, but they have remained unconfirmed so far. He recently sold some of his gear through the online music gear storefront Reverberationlike Blabbermouth covered last month.
At the time of this publication, Deftones has not officially responded. This article will be updated with any response.
See Vega’s statement, transcribed by ThePRPbelow.
Statement by Sergio Vega – March 8, 2021
Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. I didn’t want to have to make a video about it, but after the recent group photo posted on Spotify from Deftones, I feel the need to clear things up. I’m not very good at that. So I wrote a statement and I’m going to read it to you now.
To give a brief history of me and my friendship with Deftones. We met in 1995. I replaced Chi – rest in peace – in 1999 and was asked to work with the band after its tragedy in 2009. Because of the love they have for Quicksand, we asked me to bring the same approach as a songwriter and arranger to them too.
I was also told that, like Frank, I will over time become an official member. I had worked with the band for 12 years, and at the beginning of each album cycle, I asked to become an official member, but the contract would be improved instead.
COVID has been a breaking point for a lot of people. And I started to question my place in the band, and the future that I wanted for my career. I really started needing something stable, because at that time my contract with them was cancelled. One day I got a call from the guys about an internal situation in the band, and they asked me if I was solid and that I should fly to Los Angeles to help solve the problem. Right now.
I said, sure, I was all-in, and we can handle my situation later. But I can’t go back to my old contract. Our respective managements had a conversation to discuss a new contract, and they offered me the same deal. At the moment. It was clear that there was no growth opportunity for me. So I declined the offer. And then I call the guys immediately to see where the communication problem was to resolve it. But there was no response.
A few days later, I received an email from their lawyer telling me that their offer had been withdrawn and that they wished me the best. So I left the band early last year, and since then have focused on my band Quicksand, as well as working as a producer and writer for other artists and projects. And I mention this because there was speculation that I was selling my gear and quitting music altogether.
Out of respect for the people who have held tickets for this tour for the past two years and for everyone who supports the band, I thought it was important to clarify the situation. Lots of love and thanks to the amazing Deftones fan base for always being committed and supporting the band through good times and bad.
I appreciate each of you. All my love to the fans who became friends, to the people who supported my other projects. It brought me so much joy to see Deftones shirts at Quicksand shows that I will treasure this forever. Finally, many thanks to the ‘Tones. I wish they had the chance to tell you in person.
I want you to know that I appreciate all the years we have spent together, writing and playing in your worlds. I learned a lot from each of you, when you brought me in, you created a new sense of passion for music that I will always cherish and carry with me. You really changed my life.