Warner Germany released a script from their video interview series today. We have done a very rough and fast translation of it without checking if it matches the original. Also, Warner has only released videos of 5 questions so far! So please note that this interview script is only for information and doesn’t reproduce the original replies! Here is PART 2
Feel free to look for mistakes in the translation and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “spam mail alert”. Thanks! Part 1 can be found HERE!
Your self-produced album was recorded in two different studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Mike Shinoda: That’s right. In a Studio in North Hollywood and in the EastWest Studios, in which all the big stars, from Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys up to Tool, Muse or System Of A Down, recorded their albums there. Our previous albums were mostly recorded there. This time we wanted something different. We already knew that we wanted to have an organic sound. Drums, vocals, hand played percussions or spatial acoustics were not supposed to be recorded in the same room as the rest, but in a different studio with a different acoustic environment. So we decided to go for two studios. One for pre-production, writing songs and vocal harmonies, and one in which we actually recorded our material.
So you had a proper ‘masterplan’ before the start of your sessions?
Mike Shinoda: I had a pretty specific idea about how the songs should sound like. Last October or November a line emerged, so we followed that line.
Apart from Rakim, what other guests can we expect?
Mike Shinoda: Working with Rakim was an absolute must! He’s the act of the hour right now and If I’m honest I cannot understand anyone who doesn’t want to work with him! About other special guests: There will be one or more guest musicians on the album, but not everything has been confirmed yet, so as of now i can’t tell you any more than that. All I can say is that we did work with very creative artists so far.
Linkin Park are the most successful and best selling rockband worldwide. After winning countless gold and platinum records for millions of albums sold, tons of MTV awards, World Music Awards, two Grammys and sold out headliner shows around the globe, what are you most proud of?
Brad Delson: The fact that we stick together. We’re probably stronger and more mature together than ever. It’s a great thing to still be able to make music together after so many years.
You’ll be touring with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI this August!
Brad Delson: Years ago we already toured with 30 Seconds To Mars in Europe when they released their first album. We’ve been friends with them and AFI for a long time. We grew up with AFI’s music. We admire those bands! As it’s our tour we were able to choose our own support bands; those two were our first choices! We’re extremely excited to go on tour with them this summer!