Deftones bassist Sergio Vega confirms he has parted ways with the band.
In a video posted to his Instagram account, Vega explained his decision to leave the band he’s been playing with for over 10 years.
The 51-year-old musician told fans he felt the need to “clear the air” after the band posted a new photo on Spotify that didn’t include him.
Vega recalled his early days with the band after bassist Chi Cheng’s car accident in 2008 and said, “I was also told that, similarly to Frank [Delgado, Deftones keyboardist] I will be led over time to 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 upgraded instead.
Vega added that “COVID was a breaking point for a lot of people” and he began to question his place in the band and the future he wanted for his career.
“I really started to need something stable, because at that time my contract with them was cancelled. One day I received a call from the guys about an internal situation in the group , and they asked me if I was solid and that I should fly to Los Angeles to help solve the problem. Right away I said, ‘Sure’, I was all-in , and we can deal with 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 contract. At that time, it was clear that there was no growth opportunity for me. So I declined the offer,” he said. “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“A few days later, I received an email from their lawyer informing me that their offer had been withdrawn and that they wished me the best.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.
“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 felt it was important to clarify the situation.”
Finally, Vega also thanked the band’s “incredible fanbase” and former bandmates, Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham and Frank Delgado.
“I want you to know that I appreciate all the years we’ve spent together: writing, acting, being caught up in your worlds,” he said. “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 treasure and always carry with me. You have truly changed my life.