With time, the band changed the location from the garage to the nightclubs. Their music was gaining popularity among the young fans from Sacramento, San Francisco, and LA.
Between 1992 and 1993, the group was working hard to find a label. They self-released four demo albums, Deftones (Demo 1), Deftones (Demo 2), Engine Number Nine/7 Words, and (Like) Linus. The dream came true. In 1994, the band was noticed by Maverick Records. With the label, the artists recorded their last demo album, Root/Nosebleed.
In 1995, Deftones presented the first LP, Adrenaline. The album turned out fairly successful. It reached the 23rd spot on Top Heatseekers Chart. The LP featured such popular tracks as" Minus Blindfold", "One Weak", "7 Words", "Nosebleed", and "Birthmark". Years later, the album earned a platinum certification. At that time, many fans tried to book Deftones for their events, and the musicians often agreed.
The group’s second LP, Around the Fur, came out in 1997. It conquered Top Heatseekers Chart and came in 29th on Billboard 200. The album brought the artists international recognition, appearing on the charts of the UK, France, Germany, Finland, and the Netherlands. The LP featured such hits as "My Own Summer (Shove It)", "Around the Fur", and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)".
In 1998, the musicians presented a debut EP, Live, which became a big hit in France and earned the approval of the American fans.
In 2000, the group came up with another LP, White Pony. The single “Elite”, featured in the album, brought Deftones a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. The album reached the third spot of Billboard 200.