Mike Shinoda has sent out a small update on how the next Linkin Park album is shaping up. The note echoes what Mike told us on the latest LPA Podcast, in that the band are working on putting lyrics down first instead of working words in to music as they have in the past. Mike then goes on to say they are bouncing ideas off "new friends" in the studio, which will be revealed at a later date. The album has not been set a release date yet but seems to be coming along great as Mike finishes up the update by describing the new stuff as "really powerful" with "stories" and "emotional content". Read the full note below.
We’re hard at work making some new music for you. The six of us have been more than enthusiastic about how this album is shaping up, and I’m happy to share this update!
As usual during an early stage, we don’t know a ton about where the songs will end up. They change shapes over and over during the writing process, and we usually write dozens of songs, which push each other in and out of contention for a spot on the final album.
One thing that’s making this album unique (so far) is the process. When we started out as a band, we often started our songs focusing almost entirely on the musical “track," with no vocals until the end of the process. The vocals were usually forced into the existing chords and structure of the song, which often times meant that some ideas we loved never "made it," because good words or good melodies never showed up, even though we liked the music. Over time, we’ve started incorporating vocals earlier and earlier in the process, usually in the form of skat “la la la” vocals and gibberish words. Many of those demos have been shared as a part of our LPU albums.
But this time, we decided to go even further, and write more “traditionally." We’re starting with the most fundamental parts of the songs—the words and vocal melodies—and completely fleshing out those ideas before we begin working out the music. That means right now, we’re only focusing on the foundations upon which the songs are built. Some songs are just one piano, keyboard, or guitar, and a vocal. The concept and words of the song are front and center. We’ve even invited some new friends into the studio to bounce ideas off (more to come on that later).
So far, the new approach is paying off. The new stuff is really powerful, and the stories and emotional content is really shining through. We’re going to continue on this path until we feel like we’ve got more than enough material to begin the “sound” phase.
I’ve been posting some live video streams of studio days up on the Facebook page, so keep an eye out for those updates. And we’ll try to write some more updates as things go. This album is going to be insane, and we’re looking forward to taking you on the journey as we make it.
A few days ago, Pensado's Place uploaded their interview with Mike Shinoda to YouTube and Soundcloud. In the lengthy interview recorded at NAMM 2016, Mike discusses a wide array of topics - from his background to scoring The Raid: Redemption and working with Rick Rubin. He also talks about the way the band writes and produces music. The most interesting thing for many will be the bits of info he gives on the new album, for which he mentions they are a few months into the writing process. He says the band is fully concentrated on finding the right melodies, words, keys and tempos this time around, and that he can't wait to get into dissecting and finishing each track. He also mentions the band have been working with some other songwriters for the first time, basically confirming our earlier story about the band being in the studio with Jon Green. Watch the video below or listen to the podcast on Soundcloud.
What did you think of the interview? What did you find the most interesting? Anxious to hear the new music the band is working on? Join the discussion in our forums!
Are you single and hate Valentine's Day? Well, maybe you should stop reading right here then...
But, if you aren't, Linkin Park's been thinking about you. You can now buy two limited edition Valentine's Day designs in the Linkin Park store for yourself or your significant other. The first one is a red snapback hat, priced at $30. The other one is a Ladies Tee, priced at $35. Check out the designs below.
The store states that US orders placed by February 4th will arrive on time for Valentine's Day, so be quick. If you're outside the US, your shipment most likely won't arrive on time, so keep that in mind before ordering.
What do you think of the designs? Will you get one for yourself or your significant other? Tell us in the forums!
The drone manufacturer DJI has uploaded a follow up video to their DJI - Linkin Park Tour Diary video to their YouTube channel. In this video we get to see even more fantastic drone and live footage from the bands 2015 summer tour in China. The bands also talks about how special it is for them to still be able to have such big firsts as going to China for a tour, fifteen years into their careers.
Wait, Rob's a helicopter pilot?!
What did you think of the video? Come and discuss in our forums.
Linkin Park band member Rob Bourdon will be stopping by the official Linkin Park Underground Facebook page to answer some fan-submitted questions tomorrow - Wednesday, January 27 - at 4 PM, PST. This is the first band member chat that has been organised for LPU members this year.
During the past month, fans have been asked to post questions in this thread on the LPU-exclusive message board, and vote to collectively determine the most popular questions using the forum's in-built voting system. This has been part of an effort to test new ideas and revise the way in which LPU's band member chats are handled. The final slate of questions, as chosen by LPU staff members, will be given to Bourdon to answer. Further details regarding the chat event are unknown at this time.
Currently, the thread is still open for questions to be submitted by LPU members, so, if you are a member and you have some burning questions you need the answer to, post them in a reply to the thread! If you're not a member, you can visit lpunderground.com to either purchase a membership or even start a free 30-day trial and participate.
What topics would you like to see covered in this upcoming Q&A session with Rob Bourdon? Stop by our message board and voice your thoughts!
Shenzen based drone manufacturing company DJI has just uploaded a "tour diary" following Linkin Park on their 5 date China tour this summer. The tour visited Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Nanjing. In the video, the band members talk about the experiences they had in China and we get a lot of cool pro shot footage filmed with DJI imaging products including Phantom 3, Inspire 1, Ronin and Ronin-M. All of these can be found on the DJI website. The footage itself comes from both the shows and the places the band visited in their time off. Watch the video below.
So, what did you think of the video? Would you like to see more footage from the bands live shows recorded by drones? Discuss in our forums!
According to a Rolling Stone article released today, Fort Minor has released a remix of the song "Get A Dog" by artists Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman. The article includes a detailed interview with Mike Shinoda, explaining how he got involved with Homeboy Sandman and what led to the release of this remix. The original song was featured on an Aesop/Sandman collaborative EP, Lice, last year.
The original track samples Linkin Park's iconic 2000 hit, "One Step Closer."
According to Mike,
On January 14, Gabriela Velichkova, a music production student at Southhampton Solent University posted the following photo and caption on Twitter.
Check out The Bonfires on Soundcloud.
What do you think will come from this? Join the discussion in our forums!
The first of the six remaining LPU 15 tracks, titled "TooLeGit" has just been released as a free download to current Linkin Park Underground members. The song was written in 2010, likely during the A Thousand Suns writing sessions. The remaining five songs will be released bimonthly through the next year. If you are a current member of the LPU, you can download the song here.
Have you got a current LPU membership? What did you think of the song? Excited for the rest? Join the discussion in the forums!
No, your eyes have not deceived you.
As some of you might remember, we held podcasts with some regularity for three or four years, but have not released one in about two years. That hiatus ends today with the long overdue Episode 6. For this podcast, "we have a very special guest for you this evening..."
Our special guest is Mike Shinoda!
While we originally intended to celebrate the ten-year mark for The Rising Tied and the 15-year birthday of Hybrid Theory, our pre-recorded podcast with Mike Shinoda turned into a wide ranging discussion. In about eighty minutes, we covered a vast array of topics, including but not limited to the band's upcoming 7th album, Mike's thoughts on 'recreating Hybrid Theory', his perspective on Linkin Park shows and other special insights into the music industries. Mike also took the time to answer some of the most frequently asked fan questions. It's one hell of a podcast, and we are incredibly excited to share it with you.
In the past, we streamed our podcasts live and provided a recording afterward. However, we felt a pre-recorded podcast would give all us the freedom to broach a number of topics and provide as much new content for you as possible. We hope that you enjoy listening to the podcast as much as we enjoyed doing it, and as always, we thank you for the support you have given to this site and for continuing to participate in this community. Without you, podcasts like these would simply not be possible.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mike Shinoda for taking the time to chat with us, and we would also like to thank Mike's publicity/management team for coordinating with us for this podcast. We are very grateful.
Listen to LPA Podcast Episode 6 featuring Mike Shinoda below.
Note: This podcast was recorded December 7th 2015 and features LPA Team members Derek, Joe, Louis, and Kevin.