Yesterday, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda unexpectedly sent out a call on Instagram for LA-based fans to turn up to a music video shoot and potentially appear in said video, described as "something for [a] solo album".
As seen above, the post called for fans to head to a former Tower Records location on Sunset Blvd at 8:30 PM local time - a mere 45 minutes after the post was made. Despite the very short notice, s small crowd of fans did indeed make it to the event:
This is the first explicit confirmation Shinoda has given about a new full-length solo project, which will presumably be a follow-up of sorts to the solo EP, "Post Traumatic", which he released this past January. One account says that a new song was indeed played to the attending fans. Whether first-hand accounts will be able to provide any more information on Shinoda's new music remains to be seen.
Are you excited for new music from the Linkin Park camp? What are your expectations or predictions regarding a new Mike Shinoda solo album? Check out our message board and give us your thoughts!
Source: Official Mike Shinoda Instagram post
Remix Post Traumatic is an opportunity for music-makers worldwide. Mike Shinoda wants to hear your creative spins on his new music. Craft your remix of any song from the "Post Traumatic" EP and deliver your A-game.
Linkin Park Association will be joining AltWire, Linkin Park Fan Corner, Linkin Park Live and the Linkin Park Global Ambassadors to act as judges for this contest, picking the best entries to be finalists. We've seen how talented Linkin Park fans can be through initiatives like our Monthly Mix-Up, so we can't wait to see what you come up with!
Contest rules are as follows:
- Remixers must upload their track to SoundCloud with the tag #RemixPostTraumatic, and include the track URL in the entry form (more on that below) to enter the contest.
- Remixers are allowed to submit no more than 1 remix of each song from the "Post Traumatic" EP (“Place To Start", “Over Again,” “Watching As I Fall”), meaning 3 remixes maximum.
- Remixes must contain all-original music and, apart from using samples from "Post Traumatic", cannot contain samples of other copyrighted works.
- The deadline for entries is March 13, 2018, at 5PM PST.
The prizes awaiting the winners:
- One lucky grand prize winner will receive an original piece of art, made by hand and signed by Mike Shinoda.
- The top 5 finalists will all get a special item autographed by Mike Shinoda.
- The top 5 finalists’ remixes will be posted for free download on MikeShinoda.com.
Final works need to be submitted using this entry form before the deadline if you wish to enter. As noted in the rules, the deadline for submissions is March 13th, @ 5PM PST - entries submitted after this point will not be valid. A countdown to the deadline is available here.
The winner will be announced on the week of March 20th on AltWire.net and Mike Shinoda's social channels.
To get started, make sure you've downloaded the official "Post Traumatic" instrumentals and acapellas. Then, create your remix(es), submit on time, and, most importantly, have fun! Come and discuss your ideas, hear other people's ideas (once they're ready) and speculate about the contest prizes on our message board.
For additional information about this contest, please check AltWire.
Back on January 25th Mike Shinoda released his Post Traumatic EP for everyone to listen to. And today he released the instrumentals and acapellas for everyone to download for free.
What do you think of this release? Come and discuss in our forums.
It has just been announced that Mike Shinoda will head out on the road this summer, playing at Summer Sonic 2018. The shows take place in Tokyo and Osaka, between August 18 and 19.
How the show will play out is impossible to say at this point, but if it's similar to the Fort Minor shows in 2015, Summer Sonic is in for a hell of a show. It's also currently unknown if more shows will be announced, make sure to stay tuned to find out.
Are you planning on attending this? If you don't live in Japan will you travel there for the shows? Come and discuss in our forums.
Source: HybridT via Mike Shinoda Twitter
On the wall in my apartment hangs a piece of canvas that my now-wife bought whilst in the throes of grief over the loss of a loved one half a decade ago. It says “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
It was the first thing I thought of during my first listen of the aptly-titled Post Traumatic EP, Mike Shinoda’s first music released since the death of Chester Bennington in July of 2017. Post Traumatic is Mike learning to surf: a guided tour through the aftermath of Chester’s passing which features Mike at his realest, rawest and most vulnerable.
Grief is often connected with sadness, but anyone who has lost someone truly important to them will tell you it is more than that: it is anger, fear, disorientation, guilt, desolation and, yes, immense sadness rolled into one. Post Traumatic manages to perfectly touch on all of these themes in just ten short minutes.
It’s odd to say this about a 3-song EP, but this is an important release for fans. Many have touched on the immense amount of catharsis they felt while listening to these songs and hearing Mike describe what many of them have been going through. If we’re in group therapy, Mike’s lyrics on Post Traumatic help facilitate our healing.
In Place to Start, Mike describes how Chester’s death has created doubt and uncertainty about what’s next for him and his bandmates. What is clearly evident is his struggle to picture what a Chester-less Linkin Park looks like, and how that would work. Yet despite his admissions of hopelessness and fear about the future, there’s a real underlying yearning for the strength and inspiration to take that first step towards re-launching things. The spark is still there, but the fire has not yet risen, and it’s going to take some time.
Throughout Over Again, Mike depicts how grief comes in waves, often unexpectedly. The song shares many of the same themes as the title track from One More Light, which also touches on loss and how the smallest reminders can blindside you and make you spiral. Between choruses, the track chronicles the decision to put together Chester’s tribute show and how hard it was to rehearse and perform without him at the Hollywood Bowl show three months later. One of the most interesting takeaways is how conflicted Mike was after the show. It’s not uncommon for those close to someone who has died to feel a certain level of survivor’s guilt, and it’s entirely reasonable for Mike to feel torn about answering a question about how the tribute show went with an emphatic “it was amazing!". Can you enjoy something, whilst wishing it had never happened?
One interpretation of Watching as I Fall is that it centers around the challenges of grieving under a public microscope. As a society, we often don’t give others the space to grieve in their own way, and project our own beliefs of how to grieve upon them. The fact is that different people grieve differently. Some do it openly and outwardly, while others put on a brave face. Some stay in bed all day and others try to keep busy. Some surround themselves with family and friends and others withdraw into themselves. The key is that there’s no perfect way to grieve, so when you see Mike posting concert pics on his Instagram, your assumption shouldn’t be “well, he seems fine!", because in all likelihood he’s just trying to cope day-to-day like the rest of us.
Post Traumatic is the most important gift the LP community has ever received. It confirms that we’re not alone in feeling the way we do. It teaches us that grief is an ongoing process, and that closure is a myth. It gives us perspective on being grateful for having something that makes saying goodbye so difficult.
And it tells us the waves will keep on coming, but we can learn to surf.
After a tease from Mike Shinoda yesterday he has unveiled a new EP titled "Post Traumatic" which contains three brand new songs. All the visuals and music are created by Mike himself. The EP is available now on digital outlets which you can access via the revamped mikeshinoda.com website. Listen and watch the new tracks below.
2. Over Again
3. Watching As I Fall
Mike Shinoda has announced he's releasing three brand new songs tomorrow (Thursday Jan 25th) with videos with all the art done by him.
The new artwork Mike is using for his profile could be the album cover with a filename hinting at the title "Post Traumatic EP".
Let us know your thoughts on the LPA forums!
Linkin Park's Bassist, Dave (Phoenix) Farrell announced his new endeavor, a podcast project called Member Guest on his official Twitter this morning. The podcast features Phoenix, Mark Fiore and Brendan Steele as the hosts, along with new guests for every episode, and the podcast is labeled as being about Golf, Music and less important things.
Episode 1 features M. Shadows (Matt Sanders) of Avenged Sevenfold. The guys talk about dealing with loss of friends and band members, golf, writing music and whatever else comes to mind during the 71 minute long conversation. To listen you can go to the official site, member-guest.com. You can also listen to it on whatever podcast app of your choice, just search for "Member Guest" and you'll find it.
Phoenix has asked all his followers to follow @memberguest on twitter as well as memberguestofficial on Instagram to keep up to date with the progress of the podcast.
Will you be tuning in to listen to Phoenix's new podcast adventure? What did you think of the episode? Come and discuss in our forums.
Source: Hybrid | Jesse via Phoenix Twitter
AltWire has posted a review of Linkin Park's latest live album One More Light (Live) in advance of the album's December 15th, 2017 release date. The review, which touches on my reaction to Chester's untimely passing as well as how the live album honors Chester can be read here.
What are your thoughts on the AltWire review? Let us know on the forums!
Linkin Park have released a music video for Crawling from the upcoming One More Light Live album set for release later this month on December 15th. You can check out the video below and pre-order One More Light Live here.