Mike Shinoda on Linkin Park: ‘I’m Not Trying to Make Any False Promises’


Story by Charles Ken, photo by Anne Erickson

Linkin Park multi-instrumentalist and rapper Mike Shinoda was a guest on the Member Guest podcast, which is hosted by his Linkin Park band mate Dave “Phoenix” Farrell. During the chat, Shinoda spoke about the status of Linkin Park and how they’re moving mourning the death of singer Chester Bennington and trying to move forward.

“I do spend time trying to figure out that path, and it’s a work in progress,” Shinoda said in the intervew. “I know people would love to have a definitive statement from any of us saying, ‘This is what we’re gonna do!'”

“And it would be easy to do,” he added. “I could totally lie right now and say this is what’s gonna happen in six months, 12 months, 18 months. Obviously this is one of the most complex things you could ever imagine. I’m not trying to make any false promises on this.”

Shinoda has been very vocal and active since the tragic passing of Bennington, In a pair of tweets, Shinoda previously promised fans that he has “every intention of continuing” Linkin Park, but also saying that any official moves would “take time.” He added, “We have a lot of rebuilding to do, and questions to answer, so it’ll take time.”

Earlier this year, Shinoda unleashed a small collection of new music, which marked his first since Bennington’s passing.  The new sounds came in the form of a three-song EP titled called “Post Traumatic,” which Shinoda said was difficult for him to create, as he couldn’t even bring himself to listen to music after Bennington’s death. “We had a get-together with all the guys a week or two after,” Shinoda stated.

He added, “And Dave had said, ‘Have you guys listened to any of our music?’ And everyone was like, ‘No.’ And he’s like, ‘I did,’ and that blew my mind. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, how did you even do that?’ And (Farrell) said, ‘It wasn’t as bad as you think. It’s super scary to do, but then I did it, and now I know that I can do it.'”



Posted by Charles Ken | Alternative, Music, Rock, Rock News

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