Google Hangout w/Mike Shinoda for Creativity: Music to My Ears
Today at 12 PST, Tina Seeling of Stanford University held a google hangout with Mike Shinoda for the online class “Creativity: Music to my Ears.” He gave a tour of his home studio to begin the hangout with & explained pieces that compose the studio.
He gives advice as well as recommendations for those wanting to put their own studio together. He discusses the mixing process as well as stating that they are mixing the album with Andy Wallace. It’s a very interesting process! He talks about collaborations & working with other artists. Mike says that user Dylan is better than some of the journalists he’s talked to after asking Mike about collaborations. There’s a lot of useful information for those studying music or if music fascinates you like it does me!
SOURCE: Tina Seelig (Instructor of online course Creativity: Music to my Ears) Via Youtube
On April 9, 2014 Linkin Park announced the release date of June 17, 2014 for their 6th studio album, “The Hunting Party.” They also unveiled the cover art for the album via Noisey which was done by Famous Artist James Jean. On his instagram earlier in the week he also posted some excerpts from the album:
For the record that this is speculation of course. This is not official news about ‘The Hunting Party” cover art. James Jean Artwork was rendered by Linkin Park’s team for their cover art. Although James Jean uses the hashtag #TheHuntingParty in some of the images below the artwork might or might not be developed into album artwork. It’s amazing artwork & would be great to have on the album!
CAPTION: “The Hunting Party. Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, & Wax on Two Canvases, 60 x 192″, 2009.#passage #excerpt #weepingbones #thehuntingparty” APRIL 9, 2014
CAPTION: “Another passage from the Hunting Party #thehuntingparty #excerpt” APRIL 7, 2014
Although James Jean didn’t caption or hashtag the following images captioned “work in progress” with ‘The Hunting Party,’ it looks very similar to the Confirmed Cover Art for the album. What do you think?
CAPTION: “Grasping for another. Ink and digital. Work in progress #WIP #excerpt” APRIL 4, 2014
CAPTION: “Pinup. Work in progress. Graphite sketch, 5 x 7″. To be enlarged and transferred. #tiger #pinup #WIP #clonedoutnipples” MARCH 28, 2014
Are you as excited as all the Linkin Park fans out there?
SOURCE: James Jean Art (via Instagram @JamesJeanArt)
Loudwire posted a song by song description of a few songs from Linkin Park’s forthcoming album “The Hunting Party” which will be released on June 17, 2014. Loudwire was one of the few present at MSR studios in New York City to listen to a handful of new tracks & Mike Shinoda was there to present the songs.
Here is an excerpt from the article.
The songs aren’t even mixed and mastered yet but the five brand new tracks we got to hear were described by Shinoda as almost a “prequel to ‘Hybrid Theory.’” He went on to say that ‘The Hunting Party’ is what it would sound like if the band had a chance to make “another first record.” (We did the math, and we think they made out pretty well with ‘Hybrid Theory,’ but we got what Shinoda was trying to convey.)
Here’s an excerpt from today’s top story in Rolling Stone:
One day, when Linkin Park rapper and multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda was working on the follow-up to their 2012 record Living Things — an album that had pop-friendly sensibilities, subsequently went gold and was their fourth LP to reach Number One on the Billboard 200 — he had a personal revelation. “Dude, what am I doing?” he asked himself. “I’m doing the exact same thing!” So he began writing heavy music.
Read more at Rolling Stone! BE WARNED: THERE ARE SPOILERS OF SONG REVIEWS!!! If you want to be surprised & wait until June 17 to be hit with Linkin Park’s LOUD album then feel free to skip the song reviews. Please also remember that the songs heard in album previews are unmixed & unfinished. With that being said, the songs might have a different aesthetic come June and the song preview might not sound the same as the finished product!
One of my favorite parts of the article is when Mike says the following, “We’re not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we’re 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day” Out of all the interviews posted in the last couple weeks in regards to the new album this got me really excited. I’ve been a fan of Linkin Park since I first heard “Crawling” on KROQ in 2000 and as an (almost) 34 year old, I feel that I’ve grown with their music & will most definitely relate to what makes a 37 year old angry! Every song off every album is almost as if they read a biography on me or know me. I know that’s how a lot of fans feel but the beauty of their music is that each song takes on a different meaning depending on where we are in lives, what we’ve been through, or what we can hope to become. Each album has its own meaning to me and I can’t wait to hear “The Hunting Party” in its entirety and am eager to see what the hard rock fans have to say about Linkin Park claiming this will be a LOUD album. Like Mike said, “I’m very aware that there are super, super heavy bands out there that make music that is really, really gnarly.” He laughs. “We didn’t make a Botch record. We didn’t make a Meshuggah record. We made a really loud and aggressive Linkin Park record, maybe the loudest we’ve made.”
SOURCE: Rolling Stone (by Kory Grow)
Hey LPFC readers, let’s make a little history quiz!
Which event was the catalyst of the founding of Linkin Park Fan Corner? … YES, THE LIVING THINGS LISTENING PARTY! Almost 1,000 Facebook users have joined the FB event, Twitter was totally in control of the Linkin Park fans, even Mike Shinoda joined in and shared some background information on the album while we listened to the tracks and talked about them together.
Yesterday, Linkin Park have announced the album title, album art and most importantly the release date of their new album The Hunting Party. As we all know by now, it is due out on June 17.
So what will happen now, do you think?
HOW ABOUT THIS:
Of course we’re gonna have a listening party again! On June 17 at 12pm PDT the Linkin Park fans all over the world will take over the major social media channels and listen to The Hunting Party together!
We will join in on Twitter (@lpfancorner), Facebook (/lpfancorner) and in the LPU chat. Again, we have a Facebook event HERE, so RSVP and share it!
You can also share the banner above which was created by Lizzi and has all information. Please stay tuned for more information in the future.
In an interview with XXL magazine, Mike Shinoda & Rakim spoke about their single “Guilty all the Same,” each other’s work, working together, & why they believe that rap rock still matters.
Last month, Linkin Park gave us a first taste of their new album with “Guilty All The Same,” a single that features a verse from the legendary Rakim. The Grammy Award-winning band are working on their sixth studio effort The Hunting Party with a promised release date of Jun 17. Taking an unconventional route for this LP, Linkin Park led with a hip-hop guest on their single, which unexpectedly dropped on Shazam. Linkin Park aren’t strangers to working with hip-hop artists—2004’s Collision Course with Jay Z was a high mark of the genre clashing together.
The cross-genre trend isn’t entirely new; it dates back to the 1980s, when Run-DMC remade Aerosmith’s original of “Walk This Way,” which became one of the greatest songs of all time. Several decades later, more dope hip-hop/rock collaborations such as Public Enemy/Anthrax’s “Bring The Noise” and KRS-One/R.E.M.’s “Radio Song” were praised as undisputable classics. Here’s a closer look at the latest cross-genre effort done told by the artists themselves. Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda and The God MC speak on collaborating for the first time, bridging the gap between both genres, and explaining the state of rap/rock songs now. Class is now in session.
Make sure to click on the images in the slideshow to read topics “Collaborating for the first time,” “On the studio sessions for Guilty All the Same,” “On why hip hop is attracted to rock,” “on bridging the gap between cross genres,” & “state of rap rock collaborations.”
SOURCE: Read more at XXL (by Eric Diep Associate music editor at XXL magazine)
In a brand new interview with Noisey, Mike Shinoda has revealed the new album’s title, cover art and release date!
The Hunting Party will be released on June 17th, 2014!
Here is an excerpt of the article:
When I meet Mike Shinoda at the offices of his record label, however, he seems anything but ready to punch me in the dick. At 37 and dressed in a navy Chambray shirt and subtly hyperexpensive sneakers, he looks like less the architect of one of the most popular rock bands of the past 15 years and more like a cool dad. This is in part, because he is in fact a dad, and being a rock star, he is also cool. More than that, he’s thoughtful about his band’s place in culture—Linkin Park is a ubiquity that hovers over us, never to die. With that stasis comes freedom, and to their credit, Linkin Park have managed to do pretty much whatever the fuck they want to and remain as popular as ever. Since 2003’s world-beating Meteora, they’ve done their Legacy Record—that’d be the Rick Rubin-helmed Minutes to Midnight—their Secret Classic—the lithe A Thousand Suns, which with its spacey electronics and apocalyptic themes scans more Radiohead than (hed) p.e.—and in 2012 offered up Living Things, which manages to sound like all music at once without being all dicky about it.
Over the course of an hour or so, Mike and I chatted about the state of popular rock music, what it’s like to call in a verse from Rakim, and how to deal with the fact that one day, you might wake up to realize you’re a rock star and some of your fans are douchebags that you have to learn to love.
Noisey: Do the songs have names yet?
Mike Shinoda: Naming shit is difficult for us, especially album titles. This one was easier than many of them; we second-guessed and argued over it. We never come up with an album title before the album.
It’s hard to put such an abstract thing as an album into, like, three words.
We have concepts behind the record, but a lot of times they have multiple meanings. Easiest album title was A Thousand Suns, which came from an Oppenheimer quote. He said it after they’d detonated the bomb, and that’s sort of what the album was about.
EDIT: There’s also a new promo picture in the article:
The Huffington Post has just published a guest blog written by Mike Shinoda. He talks about founding SRS Haiti, working to create employment for the Haitians and the visit of Bill Clinton.
Here is an excerpt:
My name is Mike Shinoda; I sing and write music in the band Linkin Park. Most people are surprised to find out that, although I live in Los Angeles, I’m also an investor in a recycling center in Haiti.
The story of how I got started with recycling in Haiti began in disaster recovery. My bandmates and I run a non-profit called Music For Relief, which focuses on rallying the music community to combat climate change and provide relief to victims of natural disasters. After the earthquake in Haiti, the majority of our efforts were focused on Port Au Prince.
A childhood friend of mine, Andrew MacCalla, was one of our main contacts on the ground in Haiti. He worked for an NGO, and spent the good part of the year in the areas hit hardest by the disaster. When he came back, I had him over for dinner. Of Haiti, he said, “they have a 75% unemployment rate, over 50% illiteracy, and cholera is about to be upgraded to endemic status. You know what could solve all those problems? A sustainable recycling program. I’m thinking about starting one.”