TMI caught up with Mike backstage at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas! Check the video out below.
Back when LP was in Japan Mike was interviewed by Rockin’on. It’s a Japanese magazine, you can read the small interview below as well as another article posted by them. Props to Aki for the translation, I wouldn’t have done it without him.
Linkin Park! The show at Makuhari Messe has just finished. We could do the interview with Mike right before the show. I thought he was nervous about the show but he was calm. I’m surprised; his aura can make the people that he meets calm down. I asked him what they think about the new album which is so different from their past albums though we had only a few minutes to ask. And also about their next album. As for the show, it was awesome that they kept their views of the new album and played their popular songs in the latter half. It seemed the setlist was very different from the the shows in Korea and Hong Kong. I also had an interview with Brad. We’ll post both articles on next Rockin’on.
In our latest issue, there are articles about the interview with Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson from Linkin Park that came to Japan for the first time in 2 years. We did the interview with them for 10 minutes each on the day of the show at Makuhari Messe. Frankly speaking, there were 2 subjects I’ve wanted to ask them “What they think about the new album that is difficult to understand” and “What the next album is going to be like” Both are very difficult to answer but their answers were straightforward. For more information, we want you to get our magazine, but Linkin Park nowadays are getting over the problem to revive ATS as a show and getting tough as a band. And they already started working on the next album with Rick Rubin again .I mean it’s very good. As for the show, I was initially afraid that they were going to play a dark and hard to grasp kind of concert but they did great enough to make me forget about it. Linkin Park is Linkin Park. I feel relieved. And one more thing that surprised me was the visit to the place hit by the earthquake and tsunami that they scheduled. Many artists from foreign countries said they were supporting people in Japan but how many have actually visited the place? I thought they were going to do that because they held a charity event on the day before the show. I was really moved by that action.
EHX (Electro Harmonix) has posted a video of Mike using their gear in the studio! Check it out below.
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.
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!
on October 26th, 2011