Frank Maddocks

We're celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with Future Hispanic History Month, which will highlight rising stars who are creating history before our very eyes. Today we honor Chino Moreno, a powerful figure in hard rock over the past two decades as the leader of one of the genre’s most tireless outfits, Deftones.

The son of a Mexican father and Chinese mother, Moreno stepped out with Deftones in 1995 with debut album Adrenaline; since then, the group has amassed one of the most celebrated discographies in all of rock music, including this year’s stunning Gore. The road has not always been easy—the loss of founding bassist Chi Cheng was devastating for the group and its fans—but Moreno and co. have soldiered through it all, keeping the quality of its full-lengths sky-high following their 2000 breakthrough, White Pony.

In a genre too often dominated by white men, Moreno’s voice has remained singular, and shines as a beacon of inclusion. Deftones will likely keep chugging along for decades, and in those future years, hopefully more frontmen with diverse backgrounds get pushed to the forefront of rock.

Watch Moreno chat with Fuse below: