Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Hopes for New Album Soon


Story by Anne Erickson

Linkin Park MC gets into the music business

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda is no doubt an awfully gifted songwriter and lyricist. After all, he’s penned bazillions of hits with the alternative rock outfit for over a decade. Now, Shinoda is taking that talent to the art of film scores, and his first oeuvre is for the upcoming action flick, The Raid.

Shinoda told Artist Direct that he has a specific vision for his debut score. “I want to give people a big, modern, and memorable sound,” he said. “At the same time, I tried to find a nice balance between the moments when the music plays a supporting role and blends into the background, versus the moments when the music can jump out front with a signature flavor. Especially in the big fight scenes, I wanted those scenes to be visually and musically brutal.”

Shinoda went on to give an update on Linkin Park’s charity organization, Music for Relief. “We’re still working in Haiti and Japan, helping with rebuilding efforts in both countries,” he said. “We recently did a concert at the smallest venue we’ve played in more than half a decade, to support Japan… Then, when we were in Japan on tour, we visited some of the tsunami-affected schools where the money has bought school supplies for the kids. It was an amazing, sobering experience. You should check out the videos and stories about this effort on”

As for a new Linkin Park album, Shinoda was a tad ambiguous on the subject. But, at least he hopes the gents will put together a compendium before too long. Fingers-crossed! “We are always writing. I’m not sure how my participation on The Raid might affect the next Linkin Park album…” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, the wait won’t be too long.”




Posted by Anne Erickson | Alternative, Music, Rock News

1 Comment

  1. simone
    26 Oct 2011, 9:26 am

    Thank you very much mike for your music

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