As reported a few months ago, Linkin Park has been in the studio with a few different artists working on their new album. One of those artists is Blackbear, who confirmed on Twitter back in June that he was working with the band.
What do you think of these clips? Is this a sound that you are exited to hear from Linkin Park? Come and discuss in our forums.
Source: YouTube via blackout.
JULY 2016: THE WINNERS
Last month, we challenged you guys to remix a Linkin Park classic and fan favourite, "Runaway". We've all been listening to the "Hybrid Theory" standout for a long time, and were keen to hear some new interpretations from our members. We know that this theme threw some of you for a loop and proved a little difficult, and, as a result, this round produced less entries than you might have expected. Nonetheless, we received some great entries, and choosing a winner was not easy.
In fact, it turned to be impossible, so we ended up with a tie instead, resulting in two victors:
"Runaway" (Feenix's '88mph' Remix) by @Feenix
"Runaway" (Remix by Amarez) by @-Amarez-
Feenix has been throwing entries into our MMU rounds for quite a few years now, and his colourful take on "Runaway" has taken the cake this time. This remix features a very minimal, 3-minute arrangement carried by a sharp, pristine bassline and a danceable rhythm, all blatantly indebted to the synthpop wave of the 80s. Linkin Park vocal melodies sit nicely over the top, and the result is electronic pop with a hint of darkness that might resonate with fans of Depeche Mode or early Nine Inch Nails.
-Amarez- delivered a reworking of "Runaway" which is a little more experimental, opening with mysterious piano and strings and, without warning, throwing elements of IDM, trap and dubstep at you as it progresses. Running about 5 minutes, this track is packed with contrasting sounds and surprising moments, making for a dynamic and exciting remix that, upon first listen, should keep listeners on their toes. Among its highlights is a sudden drop towards the middle which recalls the awesome industrial halftime section from the "A Thousand Suns" track "Blackout".
We would like to earnestly apologize to those of you who've been asking about this post - we're so sorry for the wait - and, once again, we are extremely grateful to those of who you entered, as well as those who listened to and commented on the entries as they appeared. And, of course, congratulations to the winners!
To close out: for reasons that are too numerous to really go into, we're going to have to put the Monthly Mix-Up to rest for what will likely be an indefinite period.
The Monthly Mix-Up has a long and storied history that we here at the Linkin Park Association are immensely proud of. Throughout the years, we've seen so many people produce so many great entries for every round, and we've also seen a whole lot of people pick up music production as beginners in order to participate. The contest gave LPA's music-making community a major kickstart when it was first introduced in 2012. Since then, friendships have struck up, bands have been founded ... and people who aren't into playing or creating music at all have learned just how much music-making discussion they can endure in the shoutbox!
Our monthly remix contest has also, at certain points, made a splash in the wider Linkin Park community beyond our site. In fact, Linkin Park's own band members (or maybe just one particular member ...) came through to provide theme suggestions and opinions on entrants' works on a couple of occasions. But that's just icing on the cake. There is constant creativity going on within our user base, and it is no doubt a big part of what makes this place special. Putting a spotlight to all of that talent has been amazing.
In closing, we'd like to thank every single one of you who have helped us to make the MMU a resounding success over the past few years. It is because of your creative spirit, and passion for this project that we were able to keep the idea alive for as long as we did. With a new album on the horizon, and the potential for full album stems to be released, there may come a time where the MMU will resurface once more. But for now: thank you all for an incredible run.
The newest of the bimonthly LPU 15 tracks has now been put up for download to LPU members.
In order to download it you need to have a LPU 15 membership. The song is free and can be downloaded here. If you wanna know the history and behind the scenes of the writing of this song, there was also a "Track-by-Track" uploaded along the track and that can be seen here.
After this there is only one more song from this years LPU to be released, and that will come in October.
Do you like the track? Do you think the wait for the next one now will be too long? Come and discuss in our forums.
Source: jFar920 via LPUnderground
The studio updates continue to come in, this time it's a podcast with Mike and Brad where they talk about the new studio, take some questions from fans and talk about the new albums process in depth. You can listen to it on Soundcloud.
What do you think of this update and it's new format? Come and discuss in our forums.
It's not often we get to warn our users of outages in advance, because usually when it happens, it's just as much of a surprise to us as it is to you. However, this is one case where we can warn you that the LPA website and forums will experience several hours of downtime on Sunday, July 10th as we switch our forum software over to XenForo. We will work to make the outage as brief as possible, but based on my test runs, I still expect it to take most of the day. And now, some FAQs:
Q: What time will it start?
A: I expect to start around 10 AM Central / 3 PM GMT. Depending on what time I wake up, walk the dog, do my grocery shopping for the week, get laundry started, you know, all that fun adult stuff I normally do on Sundays.
A: Our version of vB is out of date, and vB 5 sucks. In our opinion, XenForo is a better product. It has improved support for those new-fangled mobile interweb phone devices so your experience using the LPA while on the toilet, at work, or while driving will be a lot better. Welcome to 2008, amirite? Plus, we already paid for it, so now we might as well use it, I figure that's a good reason, right?
Q: Will my posts, etc, copy over?
A: We wouldn't be doing this conversion if they wouldn't. That includes over 2 million shouts, so some of the best (and worst) moments in shoutbox history will still be there.
Q: How about all of the great smilies? Will they still be there?
Q: I don't know how to use XenForo.
A: Neither do we. We'll be learning together. And that wasn't a question.
It's time for another studio update! This time it takes form of a open letter from Mike to the rest of the band, where he says that he wants more experimentation, more weirdness and more live instruments. I think we can all agree with that. Read the full letter below.
Subject: BreakthroughAlong with this, the update also contained a video of a recent studio tour shot in 360. You can watch that below. If you are reading on mobile you can watch it in the YouTube app on iOS and Android with Google Cardboard or other VR headsets.
June 17, 2016 at 9:43 a.m.
I had an epiphany today about the album. Right now, in the studio, the foundations of the songs are there... I think it's time to shift into the next gear. Let's discover the voice of this album.... I want to get into experimentation mode, get weirder, and record more live instruments... I said at the beginning, I want this album to be our best. Let's do this! Feel free to give me a call to discuss, or we can talk on Monday.
I'm AMPED. -m
As you can see the band is still in the midst of recording and writing the new album, so if the projected "late 2016" that Mike said on our podcast with him is still gonna happen they better hurry up. But let's ask them to take their time and make the best album they can make instead of rushing one out.
What do you think of this update? Did you like that studio tour? Will the new album or even a new single come out in 2016? Come and discuss in our forums.
SURPRISE! It's been a while, but we are reintroducing LPA's Monthly Mix-Up contests right now. Some things are staying the same but other things are slightly different, so please read the following information to start off:
What is the LPA Monthly Mix-Up?
LPA's Monthly Mix-Up is an ambitious concept intended to showcase the massive amount of musical talent currently unheard among the Linkin Park fan community. Every month, we will be challenging fans to compete and show off their musical skills, using any and all tools available to them to create their entry. At the conclusion of each competition period, our staff will then go through each entry submitted, and pick our absolute favorite to be featured on the site as the "Winner Of The Month". To promote fairness, runner ups will also be shown, but only one lucky Linkin Park fan will walk away with the honor of being featured as the winner each month.
How does it work? (The official rules)
1. In order to make the contest more interesting and a challenge for those who enter, every month features a theme that all entrants are required to abide by to submit a valid entry. Each submission must adhere to the genre(s) and any other specifications outlined in the theme to be eligible for a given round.
2. Users must submit their entry for this month's round as a reply to this thread, and may use SoundCloud or YouTube to host their works. Unfortunately, SoundCloud embeds don't currently work on our message board, so you'll need to simply provide a link to your entry if you go that route.
3. SoundCloud submissions must prominently feature this graphic in the track's cover art; similarly, all YouTube videos must prominently contain the aforementioned graphic in some way.
4. SoundCloud track titles and YouTube video titles must be in the following format: "LPASSOCIATION.COM Monthly Mix-Up Entry: [submission title]" - this is done to help spread word about the monthly competitions.
If you have suggestions for future MMU themes, you're welcome to make a post in the MMU suggestions thread.
Please note also that, to keep in good standing with Warner Bros Records, Linkin Park Association will not be providing links to Linkin Park instrumentals/multitracks at this time due to licensing/copyright restrictions. It is the sole responsibility of entrants to obtain the resources needed to create their entries.
Our official theme for the JULY 2016 MMU ROUND is:
For this round, we're challenging you to revisit and remix "Runaway", one of the standout tracks from Linkin Park's debut album "Hybrid Theory"! We want you to sample from the song and take it in any direction that you want - that could be anything from gorgeous piano-driven reinterpretation to a monstrous glitch-hop bootleg and beyond. Dig deep into your sound, bring your A-game and put a fresh, modern spin on one of Linkin Park's classics. We don't want you to enter a mash-up for this round, but sampling tracks by Linkin Park is nonetheless allowed. Whatever you want to make use of, make sure that "Runaway" is the focus of your remix.
Although we usually give you just one month, for this round, we're letting you start right now, before July even begins! To perhaps get you inspired, here is a remix that I've just uploaded to SoundCloud.
The deadline for submissions this month is July 31st, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST.
The fourth of the bimonthly released LPU 15 tracks has now been released to LPU members and it's a song called GRR.
In order to download it you need to have a LPU 15 membership. The song is free and can be downloaded here.
Along with the song another installment of "LPU Track-By-Track" was released where Mike talks about what inspired the sound of the song and where the name came from ... or didn't come from. You can check that out here.
Do you like the track? Do you think the wait for the next one now will be too long? Come and discuss in our forums.
Phoenix has recently been interviewed by Front Row Live Entertainment. In the interview, he discussed the writing process of the new album, which he hopes is released by the end of 2016, or at the beginning of 2017. He also discussed the band's 2014 Warped Tour Show, the band Issues, and the recently released "Things In My Jeep" collaboration with The Lonely Island. Check out the interview below.
What do you think of the interview? When do you hope the new album is released? Join the discussion in our forums!
Source: Front Row Live Entertainment YouTube via Blake
in studio with @LinkinPark [...] this gonna be crazyNot long ago, Blackbear (real name Matthew Musto) established himself in the pop realm by helping to pen Justin Bieber's smash hit "Boyfriend". Behind the boards, he's provided production and hooks for hip-hop artists such as G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly and Childish Gambino. In addition, he has kept up a steady stream of miscellaneous original tracks and remixes coming for his followers on SoundCloud, and his output as a solo artist has drawn comparisons to artists such as Mike Posner and Frank Ocean.
Last year, Blackbear delivered a debut full-length album entitled "Deadroses", a project consisting of 10 pop/R&B-flavoured songs that effectively display his production talents, emotive vocals and catchy hooks. He followed it up with another LP called "Help" earlier this year, and his most recent release is an EP called "Drink Bleach", which dropped a couple of months ago.
Recently, there have been a number of non-album releases coming out of the Linkin Park camp, so it's hardly unlikely that the band is working with Blackbear on something other than their seventh studio album. His versatility as a pop music writer, producer and performer means that there are all sorts of ways he could contribute in the studio with Linkin Park, so only time will tell what their collaboration will deliver.
Blackbear joins an eclectic list of artists/producers who have been joining Linkin Park in the studio this year, one which includes Conner Youngblood and Jon Green. Looking at all the collaborators that the band has been calling up, it seems that their seventh album may be shaping up to be quite a diverse one.
What are your thoughts on Blackbear working with LP on new music? Feel free to tell us what you think on our message board!
Source: Blackbear on Twitter via Infinity