Check out this interview with Mike Shinoda for Australian music magazine Tone Deaf. He talks about the style of The Hunting Party, the state of rock music and self producing the album:
To define exactly what rock music is in this day and age is somewhat of a dangerous task. It has taken many different forms over the years and if we take things all the way back, yesterday’s rock music may not appear in the same playlists today. With that said, is rock music a genre that should be continuously pushing boundaries? Should rock music be unsafe to listen to or talk about and a sign of rebellion against traditional music culture? The question begs asking ‘has today’s rock music become too popular?’
The year was 1996, the rock music scene was flooded with experimental groups trying different things and creating the divide between old school and new school, during this year Linkin Park was formed.
Just a few years later in 2000 Linkin Park released their debut album Hybrid Theory which whether you liked it or not was inescapable with the film clip for ‘One Step Closer’ shooting the group to international stardom, somewhat pushing the boundaries and confines of rock music at the time into what we now call ‘nu metal’.
“I’ve always been drawn to stuff that’s edgier and basically what my parents wouldn’t allow me to listen to” Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park’s vocalist and principle songwriter told us in a recent interview “I was never one to be into popular music”.
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