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Meteora wasn’t just a milestone for Linkin Park. It was a milestone for modern rock. The band’s second full-length illuminated the fact that they were here to stay, and it also evinced just how incredible their songwriting is. Tracks like “Don’t Stay”, “Somewhere I Belong”, and “Numb” remain classics in the Linkin Park catalog, and the record exudes a unique sense of urgency that’s still magnetic ten years later. Meteora is a classic…

In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park looks back on Meteoraand looks ahead for Linkin Park.

Given the album has celebrated its ten-year anniversary, what’s the first thing you think of when you think ofMeteora?

I think Meteora was a really good step for us in terms of our ability to write the kinds of songs we were going to be capable of writing. I look at Hybrid Theory and Meteora in a really strange way. We knew what we wanted, and we knew how to execute to a certain degree. However, we were also just going for it. We didn’t really care about what anybody else was doing. We also didn’t care whether or not the songs fit together stylistically as a whole or a collection of songs.

How so?

It was more like, “This riff is sick!” Then, we’d just scream over it, and the next song would be a mid-tempo ballad and you’d sing the way that song needed to be sang. We were testing. We were students in college. We were in the lab, and we happened to stumble across something everybody liked and it worked. I think Meteora was an extension of that.

Do you feel a connection between the two albums?

Absolutely, it’s like Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the same process. The only thing is we got better at writing songs onMeteora. We got better at creating sounds. We got better at arranging the songs.

What was Don Gilmore‘s role in all of this?

I think Don had respect for us at that point. It wasn’t just about making a commercial record for the record company. We were allowed to make whatever we wanted. There were no fights. There was no power struggle coming from the label at that time. It was our first taste of being free to a certain degree. At the same time, we were still searching for respect. I feel like we were coming out on that record. It was like, “Now people know what we sound like. We’ve been around. Check this shit out!” We got heavier. We got more cinematic with our songs.

It’s like a bridge into the Linkin Park of today.

I feel like those were two great stepping stones into catapulting us into really believing we could do whatever we wanted in the studio.

What’s next for you?

Linkin Park is making a new record now. We’re writing some great music, and I’m really excited about it! Next year is going to be a busy year.

Rick Florino
10.17.13

Source: Artist Direct

New LPTV – Making of   “A light that never comes”  part 3

 

 
 
 
Also Mike and Steve did two interviews in which they talked about the whole process of coming together for “A light that never comes”, but also about Mike’s experiences for “Reanimation” and the difference to the working process for the the new Linkin Park album “Recharged”. Just listen to it.

 

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Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda has penned an essay for Pigeons and Planes in response to writer Ernest Baker’s recent article ‘Rock Music Sucks Now and It’s Depressing.’ Instead of blindly rallying in the defense of the genre, Shinoda gives an even-handed, clear-eyed take on the struggles rock musicians face.

One of Shinoda’s most salient points lies in the factor of music being a numbers game. If an artist wants to grow as a hip hop artist or DJ, much of the software that is needed can be found on one’s laptop. From Shinoda’s vantage point, starting a rock band is a much harder journey. “Do the math,” said Shinoda. “If you want to start a rock band, you need more than proficiency and/or exceptional talent at your instruments. You also need some kind of production or recording experience, or access to it. You need chemistry. You need a group of individuals who are all aligned on their vision of what kind of music they want to make. You want to be the Yeah Yeah YeahsRage Against the MachineMGMT? Your band has to come to a general consensus about what ‘credibility’ and ‘integrity’ mean.”

Shinoda also adds that rock music needs to take more chances and find more avenues for innovation, and he believes that the genre doesn’t have the “vibrancy it could — and ought to — have.” The musician adds that rock needs a bit more meat and substance in its world, and that risk takers who are “carnivores” are needed to make that very change. “At the end of the day, it will never be about one song, one album, or one band,” said Shinoda. “A movement requires leaders who are restless, brave, and f–king disruptive. I’m in the studio right now. I’m looking for ways to do it myself.”

Linkin Park’s Facebook game ‘LP Recharge’ debuts Sept. 12, and it features the band’s new song ‘A Light That Never Comes,’ which is a collaboration with EDM artist Steve Aoki.

What do you think? Are you satisfied with the state of rock or are you waiting for that next big “carnivore” risk taker to shake things up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: NoiseCreep

Linkin Park took a decade to return to Malaysia, but its Monday night concert was well worth the wait.

THE show was supposed to start at 8pm and 40 minutes later, Linkin Park was still nowhere to be seen on stage. (I know, I checked my watch. Twice.)

It was cold, the venue was wet from the evening’s downpour, and somebody thought that it would be a great idea to place an industrial-sized fan blowing directly towards the area which accommodated the media.

I was shivering like a Chihuahua, my hair was all frizzy and my shoulder was acting up but no, none of it had anything to do with Linkin Park’s Living Things World Tour. I was just annoyed … really annoyed.

But all that changed the moment Tinfoil blared from the speakers at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur and the music slowly faded into the intro for fan favourite Faint.

Annoyed, who … me? Never happened.

The earlier atmosphere, which was creepily quiet for a nu metal and rap rock hybrid concert, disappeared as the 20,000 fans in the arena made their presence felt and whoa, they were loud.

In his usual cool demeanour, turntablist Joe Hahn got the party started and the band’s lead vocalist Chester Bennington, rapper Mike Shinoda, guitarist Brad Delson, bass guitarist Dave Farrell and drummer Rob Bourdon kept it going throughout the concert.

The band didn’t waste any more time and cruised through three songs, includingPapercut and Given Up before Bennington stopped to take a breath and greet the fans.

Sama-sama, thank you for being here,” he said, not realising that his Bahasa Malaysia wasn’t up to snuff, but seriously, with the kind of talent and stage presence Bennington possesses, he could’ve spoken in an alien language for all the crowd cared.

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You know, sometimes, when an artiste performs live, and you kind of wish that they didn’t? Well, no one could wish that for Linkin Park as the band sounded incredible in a live setting and performed their tracks with nary a glitch. The last time the sextet was in Malaysia was a decade ago, and although many fans had claimed that the 2003 concert was awesome, there’s no denying that Monday’s show was just as good … or even better.

Maybe that is how this crew always rolls, or maybe it’s because Kuala Lumpur is the final stop in the Living Things World Tour. Still, the boys gave their all throughout the concert like it was their last show … ever. Even as the band reached the end of its set, Bennington’s voice never once cracked after screaming his lungs out for almost every track. Drenched in sweat and soaked by Malaysia’s humidity, it’s a wonder he didn’t fall flat dehydrated on stage.

Shinoda alternated playing the guitar, sampling pad and keyboard as the band performed most of its hit tracks such as Somewhere I Belong, Points Of Authority, Numb, One Step Closer, In The End and Bleed It Out and as he had told The Starin a telephone interview last month, the band used this as an opportunity to road-test their new material off their latest album, Living Things.

“This is the last show for the rest of the year. We’ll be working on new material and playing games on Facebook. We want to say thank you to those who have been with us all these years,” he told the screaming fans.

If there was one thing that was more awesome than the band that night, it had to be the crowd. Maybe it was the effect Linkin Park had on them, or they just wanted to get rid of their Monday blues by screaming their hearts out, but simply said, the fans were downright fantastic.

It was amazing to see them jump and sing along to the songs and the band definitely fed off their infectious energy.

Even when the band did the whole “we’ll disappear from the stage and let you guys scream for an encore” jig, the crowd knew what to do – call out the band’s name until they re-appeared. Seriously, you have no idea how many bands have seen the crowd disperse when the lights go off at a concert’s final minutes without knowing how the “encore jig” works. It’s pretty embarrassing and I’ve witnessed similar incidents with international acts here.

Anyway, the band was awesome and the crowd was perfect and together, it was a concert that was worth the 10-year wait.

Now that I think about it, maybe Bennington wasn’t wrong in saying “Sama-sama” (You’re welcome) instead of “Terima kasih” at the beginning of the concert. I guess its us who have to thank the band for choosing Malaysia as its final stop in the Tour and giving us a Monday night we’ll remember for a long time. So, here we go – thank you Linkin Park.

Source: TheStar

Mike Shinoda recalls band’s early days in the clubs.

Linkin Park‘s attention of late has been on new music, with a new album, LPU 13, reportedly due later this year. The band revealed some of the details in announcing a contest exclusively for LP Underground members, in which the winner can submit a track that could wind up on LPU 13.

Before that, Linkin will take a break from the studio to headline the Sunset Strip Music Fest in L.A. on Saturday. The band will close out a day of music on the iconic part of Sunset that includes the Roxy, the Whisky A Go Go and more bastions of L.A. music lore.

Linkin Park have their own history with those clubs, and Mike Shinoda reflected on that recently with Rolling Stone. “More than three-quarters of our early shows were on Sunset at the Roxy and Whisky,” he said. “I have such vivid memories of playing those shows, promoting those shows, walking around the street handing out fliers or posters or, at that point, giving people cassettes.”

In the spirit of those days, the band went old-school to promote this show, which will see them top a bill that also includes Wale, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Asher Roth, Warren G., Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, the Last Internationale, Orgy and many more.

“I hand-drew four flyers and went down to Kinko’s myself with Brad [Delson, guitarist] and Dave ["Phoenix" Farrell, bassist],” said Shinoda. “We photocopied them ourselves, cut them up, walked around Hollywood and on campus at UCLA and handed them out to people. We tweeted about it and got some funny reactions – people who thought we were some baby band trying to promote the show, and they were like, ‘Oh yeah, man. You really should go down to the tattoo shop and hand out some flyers.” Others were already diehard fans: “There were people who literally drove up from Anaheim and tracked us down just to say hello and grab a couple of flyers. They’re handmade and hand-copied, and we only made a couple of hundred of them.”

It all takes the band back to the very beginning, like their memorable first set at the Whisky. “Our very first show there we opened up for SX-10, with Sen Dog from Cypress Hill, and System of a Down,” Shinoda recalled. “I remember really vividly that I had seen System play there before.

“It was the era where Incubus played there all the time, System played there quite a bit. And we played our set, which was probably 30 minutes at the time, and it was all friends. Nobody had even heard our music – they were there just to support friends.”

After SX-10 performed, System of a Down’s set was memorable for other reasons, he said. “It turned out that a couple of the guys had smoked weed with Sen backstage and got laid out. They were incapacitated. They were two hours late to start their set because some of them were just, like, unable to function.” On the Strip? We’ll have to take his word for it

Source: Rolling Stone.com

The Phillipine Star released this interesting interview with Chester! He talks about the evolution of the band, studio time and what keeps him grounded! You can read the interview below, or here!

 

 

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‘Throughout our career, we got some great reviews, we got some mediocre reviews, we got some bad reviews. Reality is what we (take into consideration) is the fans. Had we based the outlook on our career on the reviews that have been written about us, we could have quit. Although the longer we’ve been around, with each record that we make, the critics seem to like the band more and more.’ —Chester Bennington

 MANILA, Philippines – Linkin Park’s latest work Living Things speaks volumes of how much of a “living thing” the band is: “Always moving, moving, moving creatively,” to quote vocalist Chester Bennington, and staying strong and relevant as it comes close to being around for two decades already.

Has Linkin Park really been making music for 17 years now (counting in the years of toil before it finally struck a record deal and landed its big break in 2000 via its debut Hybrid Theory)? When reminded about it during a recent phone interview for The STAR, Chester sounded a little overwhelmed himself, reacting with a laugh, “It is a little crazy!”

Linkin Park, whose other members are Rob Bourdon (drummer), Brad Delson (lead guitarist), Dave Farrell (bassist), Joe Hahn (DJ and sampler) and Mike Shinoda (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist), grouped in 1996 in California. It has since packed a punch in the subsequent years — released five records, sold 50 million albums worldwide, won Grammys, among other things worth-noting — and is showing no signs of slowing down.

“It’s great to be doing something for so long. It’s an honor and a privilege. It’s still fresh and fun and exciting,” Chester said.

When the band was new and younger, reaching the “pinnacle of success” wasn’t something it was preoccupied with. Sure, according to Chester, “you dream about stuff like that and kinda hope about it. I personally had goals on what we were going to reach. But our expectations were not that high.”

Because everything now has exceeded the band’s expectations, the success has become sweeter. And if there’s anything that any aspiring artist can learn from Linkin Park’s story, it’s never resting on your laurels.

Chester believes that you can’t make it if you’re thinking that your way — even if it’s validated by awards, amazing record sales and a solid global fan base — is the only right way to do things. “One thing we’re really good at is taking constructive criticism,” he said.

Does Linkin Park keep tab of what the critics say? “Critics’ reviews kind of matter but they also kind of not matter. There are reviews that do not speak of the general public. Throughout our career, we got some great reviews, we got some mediocre reviews, we got some bad reviews. Reality is what we (take into consideration) is the fans. Had we based the outlook on our career on the reviews that have been written about us, we could have quit (laughs). Honestly, we don’t really pay attention to what the critics say although the longer (we’ve) been around, with each record that we make, the critics seem to like the band more and more.”

In support of the release of its fifth album Living Things last year, the band has been on the road almost non-stop, and it’s now on the last leg of its world tour, which will bring Linkin Park back to the Philippines for the Aug. 13 show at the Mall of Asia Arena. The band performed here in 2004. “We had a wonderful time. (The Philippines is) a great place to be. It’s crazy that it’s been almost 10 years though (since we last went there).

At the time of our brief phone chat, Chester and the rest of the guys were in a recording studio. (The band’s sixth record is reportedly in the works.)

“We’re always moving, moving and moving creatively. It keeps things fresh and fun,” Chester said, “and the fact that we don’t put any limitations on what kind of songs we should be writing, that makes the potential for writing much greater than like, pigeonholing yourself into a specific sound or style.”

True, for its long-time fans, it’s not hard to notice that Linkin Park has unhinged itself from constricting labels (like the “rap-metal band” tag heavily bandied about during its early years is nowadays used less and less to strictly define the band’s music), making room for descriptions like “experimental,” “futuristic” or “multi-genre/concept.” Its latest album has generated adjectives like “hybridized” for fusing different music elements from its previous records.

It didn’t make everybody happy, Chester acknowledged, but they have to keep going.

“Once you get to a point where people know who you are, you kind of have to understand that there’s gonna be people who love your music, and people who hate it. But if you focus on the people that don’t like it, that’s gonna be a bit weird. Same time, we are making music that we want a lot of people to listen to. We know, as songwriters, what things would be appealing or what are not gonna be appealing to people because we’re fans of music as well…

“We have worked our entire career to get rid of certain sounds of the band that we found were not appealing and by doing so, a lot of our fans have felt like, ‘What happened to my band (laughs)?’ But that’s part of evolution… We have to keep going.”

And keep going the band did with Living Things, which debuted last year at No. 1 on Billboard 200. The album’s songwriting is descriptive of, as Chester put it, “the place we are in life emotionally. We’ve become happier people (laughs). We try to make the songs as inspirational as possible, even if some of the content of the songs are dark.”

“I think that’s important, generally speaking, as we want to write songs that are going to mean something to people — and that in itself is inspirational to me — we want to dig deep into what we’re saying and put it out there in a way that it can attach itself to someone else’s life experience,” he added.

When the band is not on tour or recording, the members maximize the time-out for home life, for charity or for side projects. “We enjoy our families. I have a lot of kids. If I’m not with Linkin Park, I’m working with other people. I’ve been working with Stone Temple Pilots and we’re making great music together.”

Told that we came across that bit of amusing trivia he gave to another interview that interestingly, they have wives, kids, families who don’t really care that they’re in a band, or that they are the Linkin Park, he mused, “My kids just care that they’re living with dad. They don’t care if they’re living with the guy from Linkin Park.”

Chester further shared, “There are times when we are doing things together and people come up to you and talk to you about Linkin Park. Sometimes, (my kids) think it’s cool. Sometimes, they wonder why people think it’s so cool. It’s funny! Does family make me feel grounded? I think so. It keeps things in perspective as to what’s important in life.”

(Living Things World Tour: Linkin Park World Tour on Aug. 13 at the MOA Arena is presented by Scala Events with ticket prices of P9,880 — VIP Standing, P9,880 — Patron Center Seated [reserved seating], P6,880 — Lower Box A [reserved seating], P5,880 — Lower Box B [reserved seating], P3,480 — Upper Box [reserved seating] and P880 — General Admission [reserved seating]. Call SM Tickets at (02) 470-2222 or visit www.smtickets.com. For details, visit linkinpark.comfacebook.com/scalaevents or twitter.com/scalaeventsph.)