Chino Moreno, lead singer of American rock band Deftones, sat down with NME to reveal the music he wish he’d written, why he hates Coldplay and how breakdancing influenced his musical career.

The first song I remember hearing
KC & the Sunshine Band – ‘Shake Your Booty’
Probably KC and the Sunshine Band, I wanna say it was ‘Shake Your Booty’. I actually remember being a toddler, like three years old riding in my dad’s truck and holding onto the top and standing up in the back and rocking out to that song. Because KC & the Sunshine Band are so metal.

The first song I fell in love with
Culture Club – ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?’
I first song I remember loving had to be ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?’ by Culture Club and so I guess I figured out I was an emo pretty early on in my life! But I really just connected with that song when I was a kid. For one, I was taken back by this man’s look, is that a girl or a boy? I was intrigued at that moment, but the song itself is a really good song. A lot of Culture Club’s music had sort of a reggae feel to it and at that point I had never heard reggae music and it sort of felt other-worldly in a way.

Song I wish I’d written
Weezer – ‘The Blue Album’
More or less a whole record is ‘The Blue Album’ from Weezer. Those songs themselves are so simple in a way but they just penetrate, it’s just a great record. I remember saying back then that I wish I was in that band and had written this batch of songs because they’re so fun to play and so fun to sing, and we used to soundcheck to that whole record!

The song that makes me want to dance
OutKast – ‘Skew It On The Bar-B’
Every time that song comes on it’s just time to stand up and boogie for real. It’s a shoulder-shrugger! Great band, but that’s a great song.

The song I can’t get out of my head
Justin Bieber – ‘What Do You Mean?’
Right now, any song by Justin Bieber. I end up by default listening to his singles every morning when I’m driving my daughter to school. The most recent one is ‘What Do You Mean?’ it just replays in my head all day long. I don’t really mind that much – I think it’s a good song.

The song I can no longer listen to
Coldplay
There’s loads of songs I cannot listen to, but one band I cannot listen to is Coldplay – I don’t know why. They spring no emotion at all to me, it’s the most blank sound. I’m not trying to be an asshole, but it does nothing for me, it has to be the most boring music in the world.

The song I play when I get ready for a gig
Ace Hood – ‘Bugatti’
It’s usually some hip hop like Rick Ross or Ace Hood called ‘Bugatti’, and it just like undeniably gets me hyped. So that’s usually one I’ll crank up pretty loudly

The song that made me want to be a musician
Planet Rock – ‘African Bombaataa’
I remember hearing ‘African Bombaataa’ by Planet Rock and at the time time I was way into breakdancing and that was my whole life at maybe 9/10 years old. But those sounds for those records were so futuristic and I was way in into robots as a kid and science fiction and that music completely sounded like it was from another planet. And at that point I knew I wanted to make and create music and do something futuristic of that sort. Obviously I took another path or different style to the music we ended up creating as my job but even to this day electronic music I’m still very passionate about.