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EHX (Electro Harmonix) has posted a video of Mike using their gear in the studio! Check it out below.
While Mike was at the Kroq Almost Acoustic Christmas event he recorded a little message for us. The video’s old but the uploader put it up 30 mins ago. Oh well whatever it is, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays evryone!
MediaGlobal caught up with Mike and Brad about PowerTheWorld campaign. It’s not an interview or anything just a few words from each one of them. Read below.
Welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who thanked the band for using their music to help those displaced victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Since 2005, the Music for Relief campaign has planted over 955,000 trees and raised upwards of $4 million to help victims of natural disasters around the world. Most recently their efforts have helped those displaced by the earthquake in Haiti.
“We’re partnering up with designers to bring affordable lighting to these people,” said Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocalist of the band to MediaGlobal. “The prices start at about $5 each – I think that’s very cost effective,” lead guitarist Brad Delson quipped. “And they look cool!”
Shinoda stressed the importance of bringing lights to the victims, saying that many were using kerosene and dung to light up their houses, both of which emit toxins that ultimately lead to preventable deaths. This is the first project for the band on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s“Sustainable Energy for All” project. They will be partnering with the Haiti Regeneration Initiative (HRI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
The video, with footage filmed by the United Nations depicting images of victims of the earthquake in Haiti, is a way to create awareness. As Shinoda and his fellow band members continue to work with the UN, they are calling on their legions of fans to come together and help them to help those in need.
According to all the tweets from Mike and Ted Stryker the trio attended #KROQXmas. A couple of pictures of Mike have surfaced backstage, but that’s all when it comes to that.
Here are some tweets relevant to the guys.
We had previously posted small excerpts of this panel which were one or two minutes long. Well here’s a 10 minute long video of Mike talking into the panel. The uploader says this is just part 1 so expect part 2 soon.
Recent interview, however not released yet, Mike spoke to the “Art Of Community” about Linkin Park, media, fans e.t.c. Issue to be released next year.
Hot on the heels of the recent interview announcements with Linus Torvalds and Mårten Mickos, I am delighted to announce that Mike Shinoda principal songwriter, rapper, keyboardist, vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Linkin Park has contributed an awesome interview that will be in the second edition of The Art of Community.
I was introduced to Mike a while ago by Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine (who iswriting the foreword for the second edition of The Art of Community) as Mike has been exploring many facets of community, technology, and collaboration in his work. He has been actively involved in growing a global Linkin Park community, coordinating community resources and media, ensuring the band has a close connection with fans, and more. He has also spoken extensively about social media and the role of large record companies in the modern music industry.
Outside of Linkin Park, Mike also formed Fort Minor as a side project, is an active artist and painter, and has produced a number of albums.
His interview provides fascinating reading, and I look forward to you all checking it out in the second edition of the The Art of Community when it is released next year!
Billboard has posted the video of Mike’s Q&A Session on scoring “The Raid”. Watch Below.
As you guys know and as we posted last week Mike was going to attend the 2011 Billboard Film & TV Music Conference to talk about him scoring the action movie “The Raid”. I have added 4 pictures that Billboard posted along with an article posted on their website.
Linkin Park rapper Shinoda (whose talents also include guitar, piano, keyboards and more) has been working on the score for an upcoming film called “The Raid” with fellow panelist Joe Trapanese, who recently collaborated with Daft Punk on “Tron: Legacy.” The pair have been trading files back and forth, often taking each other’s unfinished ideas across the finish line. “I’m really comfortable working at home,” said Shinoda, who often works on ideas on the go, too. “We’ll swap semi finished files, we’ll swap unfinished files.”
The band guys on the panel all seemed to agree that learning to work alongside a film director or producer isn’t too dissimilar from working with other members in a rock group setting. “I went to school for illustration,” Shinoda explained. “We would each put our stuff up on the board and [offer hours of criticism about each other's pieces]. Over the course of the years of doing that, you get good at it. You get really good at being able to take criticism and give criticism and leave your ego at the door and just go in and be productive.”
“That’s how [Linkin Park] works,” he added. “We’ve got six guys doing that. Every Monday we get together with our records. That’s the reason why it takes us over a year to make a record. We’re killing ideas one after the other and building up new ones based on even if one guy in our group doesn’t like it for one reason or another, we’re gonna get in there and figure out what it is about it that he’s not into. And we’re going to respect that, even if he can’t write the piece that we’re talking about, his opinion is one sixth potentially of our fanbase.”
Kraft was suitably impressed by Shinoda’s attitude and said he foresees a long career in film composing for him as a result. “Mike just articulated ‘Out of the Band and Onto the Screen’: Working in a band prepares you in a way for the collaboration of filmmaking.”
ArtistDirect conducted an interview with Mike and talked to him about various things such as making music, his favorite composers, Music For Relief and much more. Read below.
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park never stops.
He’s constantly pushing the envelope musically and immersing himself in new challenges. As an artist, he personifies the word “progress”. His latest undertaking is the powerful, propulsive, and poignant score for the Indonesian action film, The Raid. Shinoda composed the music for the movie, matching the action with an equally energetic and otherworldly sonic counterpart.
On Linkin Park’s latest offering, last year’s A Thousand Suns, he and his bandmates altered the course of rock as a whole, burning as bright as ever. Now, he’s bringing that perspective to the world of film scoring with The Raid.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino, Mike Shinoda discusses how he created his score for “The Raid”, action movies, what’s up next for Music For Relief, and more.
When scoring The Raid, did the characters or the plot exert a bigger influence on the music? How did both cinematic elements impact your sonic choices?
I tried to take it all into account and represent both the characters and their story. That’s actually one thing that’s notable about this film. It actually has both plot and characters—not just the action! I’ve wanted to score for film for a long time, but I never got the urge to actually pull the trigger…until seeing The Raid. There was something about the look and action of this film that I felt inspired by, almost like writing music for choreography that’s already been set. The fighting and the action in this movie are almost like a dance—albeit a nasty, bloody one!
When working along with footage, was it easier to punctuate certain moments and make the music more dramatic?
I want to give people a big, modern, and memorable sound. 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.
Does writing a score come from a different creative place than writing a song? With scoring a film you’re working with existing art whereas a song starts with you.
Absolutely! Writing a song, for me, is often about telling a personal story through memorable, catchy words and music. In a film, the majority of the effort is to support what’s already going on, without distracting. Often, the techniques I might use to create a catchy “hook” would actually take away from a scene. They would be far too distracting, and you would miss what’s going on in the story. I made this mistake a few times in early pieces I tried to fit to picture while working on The Raid!
The action is incredible in the film. Did that lend itself to the more up-tempo music?
Of course, but the film needed a ton of music—over 50 minutes of it—which means we couldn’t just ride up-tempo music the whole time. It would be exhausting and one-dimensional. So I had to find ways of making the score shift gears, weaving and turning with the action to keep it interesting.
Did you get to try anything musically in the score that you’d never done before in terms of instrumentation or production?
One of the things that I decided to do early on was essentially abandon the use of electric guitars in this score. Guitars seemed to take it in a mookish, ostentatious direction, which is not the tone of this film. But there are moments when the score wanted to get super heavy, so I achieved it by making my own super-distorted percussive and melodic sounds. I also enlisted the help of Joe Trapanese, who was Daft Punk’s scoring partner on Tron: Legacy. He’s from a composer / arranger background, and we played off each other’s ideas really well.
What spoke to you the most about The Raid? Did you grow up watching a lot of action movies?
The first R-rated movies I ever saw were probably The Terminator, Commando, and Rambo. That era was really fun, as a kid. I have no idea what the music was like in those films, come to think of it…I was definitely just watching the action!
What’s next with Music For Relief?
We’re still working in Haiti and Japan, helping with rebuilding efforts in both countries. We recently did a concert at the smallest venue we’ve played in more than half a decade, to support Japan. Fans raised over $350,000 for the cause, and the top fundraisers got tickets to the small show. 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 MusicForRelief.org.
Have you begun writing for the next Linkin Park record? Did The Raid inspire that process at all?
We are always writing. I’m not sure how my participation on The Raid might affect the next Linkin Park album…we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, the wait won’t be too long.
So in terms of film music, who are some of Mike Shinoda’s favorite composers?
“A lot of mainstream stuff, really,” Shinoda says with a smile. “I like Hans Zimmer and John Williams. I also really like Danny Elfman because his style is so distinctive and I grew up listening to Oingo Boingo.”