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Band to take break from studio for January 11th show in Los Angeles

Linkin Park will headline a benefit January 11th at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia to raise money for victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. LP, who’ve become leading philanthropists in the music world with their Music for Relief organization, will be joined by the Offspring and Bad Religion, as well as special guests, guitarist Brad Delson tells us.

Tickets for the intimate show are being given to those who raise funds for the victims, with 500 tickets earmarked for those who raise a minimun of $250 (with all proceeds going to the charity). VIP packages are also available for those that raise more.

Linkin Park are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2012’s Living Things. But as Delson explained, having just been to the Philippines to play a show a few months ago, the sextet had to find a way to help. Delson talked to us about his experience there, playing with both Offspring and Bad Religion and the group’s festival plans in 2014, including playing their breakthrough debut, Hybrid Theory, in its entirety.

What made you put this show together?
For starters, we were just in the Philippines. I extended my stay there and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Asia mainly because the people of the Philippines are so warm and generous of spirit and I just loved it. And when the guys saw what happened, we just felt such a need to want to help and certainly Music for Relief’s mission is to raise awareness and resources to respond on behalf of victims of natural disasters.

How will the proceeds from this show be distributed?
We’re so pleased that all of the money raised from the show, all of it, will be going to Music for Relief’s partner in this case, International Medical Core. We vetted all the potential partners and determined they were the best first responders if you will, they are already there on the ground delivering emergency medical response and they do long-term disease prevention.

How did you put together the lineup?
Our band responded immediately and we just started making phone calls. We got a lot of responses from groups that couldn’t do it for a lot of reasons, like someone might be on tour. A lot of those groups have donated items and experiences to an auction we’re gonna do, so beyond the Offspring and special guests we have committed for the show there are a lot of groups, like Dave Grohl was super generous in donating something, Thirty Seconds To Mars as well, Green Day, Chili Peppers were really helpful, Rick Rubin was helpful, there are a ton of people to make this thing work. That’s why it’s called Music for Relief, because it’s really a response for the entire music community for this important cause.

Have you ever played a show with the Offspring before?
We’ve been on festival bills with them and Mike [Shinoda] and I were just talking about it yesterday. When you see their show it’s incredible the depth of their catalog. They’re one of the few bands where when they play a show you truly know every song they play. We’ve always enjoyed watching them and listening to their shows on festivals, but I don’t believe we’ve ever organized a show with them and for them to step up and want to lead the charge on this speaks to their character and how sweet those guys are. We’re really grateful to them for being an integral part of this and we just got a confirmation from Bad Religion, so they’re gonna be on the bill as well. I’m really excited to have those guys on the bill.

Have you ever played with them before?
We played like festival-style shows, I believe we’ve been on an Acoustic Xmas or something and again we haven’t really had the opportunity to organize something together as bands and as friends. So to have them on this is just incredible. Both of these bands are bands that we have looked up to growing up and love their music and respect them as men.

You guys are also doing the Rock Am Ring festival in Germany with Metallica, Kings of Leon and Iron Maiden.
I grew up listening to mostly heavy music for a long amount of my formative years and to be able to share the stage with some of these bands it’s just epic. And we always appreciate the opportunity.

You are playing Hybrid Theory in its entirety at the Download Festival. Will you be doing that anyplace else?
Right now that’s the only place we’ve announced we’re gonna do that. Since 2000 we’ve never played Hybrid Theory in its entirety. And even then I don’t know if we played the whole album as an album and this is gonna be quite a special experience for fans who are in the U.K. for the Download Festival.

Are there songs from the album you are excited to play again after a long absence?
It’s funny, we were joking, because there are a few songs we do incorporate in our set so we probably have half the boxes checked and the other half will definitely require some revisiting in rehearsal to sharpen the tools. There are a couple in there that are like, “I think I remember how to play that, but I shouldn’t be overconfident about it.”

With all these tour dates announced in summer does this mean the album will be done by then?
We’re in the studio almost every day working on our album for next year, so it’s a very fun time for us and very creative. It’ll be out when it’s ready, we’re working very hard toward that end and it’s been a really fun process so far. Right now we’re still in the early phases of everything so everything’s really nebulous, we’re just trying to capture an initial inspiration and see where it leads us.

Source: Rolling Stone


USA Today uploaded a video in which Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn talk about how they had to switch from their Apple Mac’s to Windows8 for their most recent Music Video “A light that never comes”. They also talk about their online game “Recharged” on Facebook.



Some of you might have seen it already, but FINALLY the music video for “A light that never comes” has dropped, and of course, we have it for you.

Watch it here

If you can’t watch the video there, make sure to check out Mike Shinoda Clan’s post about the video, they have a full list for several countries with links.


There’s also a small “Making Of”. Enjoy!


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.


Listen to the Interview for 97X 

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In the Linkin Park world, multi-tasking is the norm. Even when the band is not on tour or working on an album, things are moving at a hectic pace behind the scenes. The band currently has a new video game,LP Recharge, which includes the hit single “A Light That Never Comes” (with Steve Aoki), and the upcoming remix albumRecharged.

Rolling Stone caught up with the band’s Joe Hahn at his L.A. store Suru recently, where he was celebrating the band’s limited edition Transformer, Soundwave. That conversation led to talk of the band’s new album, frontman Chester Bennington’s collaboration with Stone Temple Pilots and Hahn’s upcoming headphones launch with Skrillex.

How did this action figure come about?
We met with this guy from Division Agency and he’s working with Hasbro and working with cool collaborations. We always said if we ever did a Transformer collab we wanted to do it with Soundwaves. We grew up with Transformers, and the reason we worked with the movies was we had the nostalgia for all that stuff.

Are you working with Rick Rubin again on the album?
I think so. We’re just in the studio, we’re at the beginning.

How did the single with Steve Aoki come about?
Mike [Shinoda] has been on this EDM kick for the last year and he’s been hanging out with different EDM guys, like he did a day with Avicii, and he’s been sending stuff back and forth with Aoki. This is the one that really stuck. He fleshed it out, brought it to the guys and we were into it. And it coincided with the game and also the album we’re putting out, which is remixes of Living Things.

Are there any remixes on Recharged that really stood out to you?
Mike did one of my favorite ones, a hardcore version of “Victimized.” Then Money Mark did something pretty crazy with “Until It Breaks.” Rick Rubin actually did one ["A Light That Never Comes"].

Are you an EDM fan?
Yeah. The funny thing is today it’s called EDM, but back in the day it was house, and now there’s dubstep, which sounds nothing like what dubstep originally sounded like. Everything is crossing, which is cool, and now it’s being widely marketed. I think it’s interesting. We always combine styles of music and that’s what everyone is doing now. It’s fun to see.

Are there DJs you’d like to work with?
I would love to do something with Sonny [Skrillex]. I actually have a headphone I’m putting together, and the first edition is going to be a limited edition with Skrillex. That’s in the works right now – hopefully at the end of the year, but most likely beginning of next year. I’m more involved with the actual design and sound. I really want to work with cool people, musicians and non-musicians, and do collaborations and keep it tight. I’m not trying to use a record label to market or a headphone company. It’s just something cool I want to do. When you actually see it you’ll know where the inspirations came from, especially after today’s event. There’s a transforming element to it.

That’s another trademark of Linkin Park, everybody working in different areas.
The band is successful because it’s a culmination of the six of us. We all bring different things to the table. But it’s the life experiences that we have individually, and the more stuff we do individually the more it empowers the individual, which everyone benefits from. So when Chester did Dead by Sunrise and Mike did Fort Minor, they did really cool stuff which they wouldn’t be able to do with the band necessarily. They got a lot of stuff out of their systems. But then when they came to the studio, they were fresh and had new ideas.

But Chester fronting STP is a totally different thing – that band is so established. How do you feel about it?
In high school we grew up listening to Stone Temple Pilots. For us these are the deities of rock. They’re up there, so if someone asks you to do that, you just do it. Chester is such a great singer and for him to have the opportunity to go and sing with other people, we’re appreciative of them for asking Chester to do it. I think on a spiritual level it works in so many ways, where it’s not even about there being a benefit, it’s just something that feels right, especially for Chester.

From the benefit standpoint, he is getting to work with two great songwriters in Robert and Dean DeLeo. Are you seeing new skills in his songwriting?
Especially recently, Chester’s songwriting has been incredible. He’ll come to the studio with some stuff where we’re like, “How did that happen?” For him to flex that with Stone Temple Pilots or whoever, he’s definitely a person that has a lot of stuff inside of him, and you can tell by watching him perform it’s there and it needs to come out. You can’t do that on one album – those 12 songs in two years.

How is all this stuff keeping you excited?
Mike and I went to art school together, so from an early point we understood that the creativity is not just one thing. And I think even stylistically in our music, you see back when we started that was a little different, but now it’s normal. Everyone does it. Every genre is incorporating everything. When it comes to the visuals, I shot a film called Mall, and we’re shopping that to the festivals next year, and everyone was really supportive of that.

Who was in the film?
Vincent D’Onofrio, Cameron Monaghan played the lead – he’s from Shameless – this kid named James Frecheville, who was in Animal Kingdom, Gina Gershon. Mimi Rogers had a little cameo. A bunch of people – Peter Stormare.

What are your release plans?
We’re looking for one of the first quarter festivals. Let it find a home, and hopefully after that people will get to go to a theater and see it.

Source: Rolling Stone

CODE caught up with the DJ and the band’s Mike Shinoda to talk about their unexpected collaboration.

For the millions of Linkin Park and Steve Aoki fans who weren’t in Tokyo for Summer Sonic this month, shaky smartphone video footage of “A Light That Never Comes” isn’t going to cut it. After testing a collaboration with a surprise performance in Japan, the cake-loving DJ and the rock major-leaguers are making the bromance official: On September 12, Linkin Park will release a free Facebook game, LP Recharge, through which players can work together to unlock the track, “A Light That Never Comes.” Watch the teaser video below, showing the guys at work and pogo-ing around the Summer Sonic stage.

The morning after a few thousand Japanese fans heard “A Light That Never Comes” for the first time — in between dancing, riding inflatable rafts and waving ‘CAKE ME!’ signs — CODE caught up with Aoki and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda in the more serene surroundings of a five-star hotel. While the Los Angeles-based musicians can’t quite place where they first crossed paths (“Was it Twitter?” Shinoda wonders), they now have a familiar rapport.

When did you decide you had to work together on something?

Shinoda: The beginnings of this song was probably six months to a year ago.

Aoki: It was about building this bridge between our two worlds and doing it in an organic way. We’ve stayed true to both our elements. Our fans in the EDM space and the Linkin Park space can gravitate towards it naturally.

Shinoda: There was a balance aspect. In my process writing a song, I tend to add a lot of elements and sounds, remove them, then add more, until I get the vibe I like. On this, I don’t want to trample on some of the work Steve did. We found that out on our first two records. There are actually a lot of keyboard and sample-based sounds on “Hybrid Theory” and “Meteora,” but in the mix they got drowned out by the guitars. Since then, I think we’ve paid more attention to balance as we go through the whole process, from the writing to the engineering.

Aoki: I always add a lot. Mike’s the one to say, let’s take some layers out to make this work. For me, it was a major learning process. It’s hard for me to gauge certain things when I just work with other dance producers. Working with the band allowed this different color palette to come out that I would’ve never heard before. I took this one much differently than I would on any other record.

Mike, what’s been your take on EDM’s watershed moment in America right now?

Shinoda: It makes me sound old to say this, but I went raves when I was in high school and that was back when it was like, The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim had just come out. People were like, “Holy shit, this is amazing!” My best friend in college was a gabber, techno and jungle DJ. That’s how far back I go. Admittedly, I’m not immersed in it, so I just get little touches of it here and there.

I love what’s happening right now. It’s stepped into the spotlight and then gone in so many directions, like Avicii doing basically a folk song. I’ve spoken to other artists too who are taking it in almost a metal direction. That’s so dope. It’s co-mingling with so many other things. For me, what always transcends any genre or movement is songwriting. When these producers start to understand the craft of writing a song, that’s when they’re going to completely take over.

Aoki: There’s a big gaping hole in the EDM space for songwriting. It’s one thing to learn how to be a great sound designer, and become big just on sound design. Especially if you’re in the dubstep category, it’s like how much fatter and more interesting can you make those drops. Skrillex is the perfect example of an artist who can actually mix those two really well, with great songwriting and interesting sound design, that’s the next evolution of breaking down any sort of boundaries.

Shinoda: Talking about sound design, I had a chance to speak to [musician/producer] Amon Tobin. I was trying so hard to pick his brain. Like, how do you make those sounds? What are you using? The truth of the matter is, he’s using the most techy, nerdy shit that they literally use to design sound for film. It takes years to even comprehend. I was listening like, “OK, this tells me I will never have the patience or whatever it takes to do that.” That’s why collaboration to me is so much more interesting, because I realized there are guys out there who are thrilled to devote 24 hours on a weird thing I would never be able to focus on. I’m not going to try to imitate or recreate that. I brought that mentality to this project. Let’s let Steve be Steve, and preserve as much of that as possible.

LP Recharge drops September 12, but fans can pre-register now atlprecharge.com to get a jump on the game and receive a teaser snippet of “A Light That Never Comes.”

Source: Billboard

Linkin Park embraced the digital age early on. Even prior to changing the spelling of their name (becauseLincolnPark.com was already taken), founding members promoted their music in online chat rooms when most bands were still relying on street teams.

The eventually Grammy-winning, chart-topping alternative band, best known for such hits as “In the End,” “Numb,” “Breaking the Habit,” “What I’ve Done,” and “New Divide,” has used MySpace to promote the “A Thousand Suns” album and has topped 1 billion views on YouTube. Linkin Park remains the most followed band on Facebook (over 55 million users), and has already developed its own game – Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion.

The band isn’t letting up on the technological development — they’ve been working with software manufacturer OpenLabs on StageLight, an innovative, music-creation app for Windows 7 and 8. They’ve even released a special Linkin Park Edition of the software.

Download.com rapped with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda about StageLight, video games, whether MySpace has a future, and what’s on the horizon for the band now that vocalist Chester Bennington is singing for Stone Temple Pilots.

How did you become involved with StageLight?
I’ve had a relationship with OpenLabs for years. I’ve used their software and hardware onstage. A few years ago I was transitioning from a more primitive setup and I realized that I needed a software solution that could play anything that I made in the studio that required a computer-based system. And once I met with OpenLabs and saw the gear that they had, they convinced me that this PC-based system would be the way to go. When I was using it onstage or in the studio, I’d be asking for additions or something specific that I might need in whatever situation, and over time it developed into a relationship that resulted in StageLight.

What sets StageLight apart?
StageLight is more like a music writing and music creation software, though it has roots in performance. But we started looking at it as there really isn’t great music-creation software for PCs. Apple obviously has GarageBand, but there isn’t an application that teaches and allows a brand-new user who’s never really done a song before to make something from scratch. StageLight is designed so that within five to ten minutes a user who’s never made a song before can create a song and share it on SoundCloud or Facebook, or any other place where they could interact with their friends and family online.

What distinguishes the Linkin Park Edition?
There’s a special edition called the “Linkin Park Edition,” which includes a library of sounds that we made in the studio; and if you buy that edition you could use sounds that are Linkin Park sounds and make your own songs. It’s almost like an expansion pack.

Going back a few years, Link Park released 8-Bit Rebellion, in 2010. Why did you decide to release a video game?
Well, we’re gamers to some extent. A lot of our older fans know that when Halo first came out, that was one of the things that people used to joke about our band, that we were super into that game, in the first three editions of it. We would play on the bus and challenge other bands and challenge fans and it was so funny how competitive we were.

8-bit Rebellion was created as a visual reference to the stuff that we grew up with, things like Nintendo. If you finished the game, you’d get a free song. At the time, it made us a little nervous to do, because it was something different from what others were doing. But I think, for us, it set the tone for what we’re doing now and what we can do in the future, because, as you know, the industry at large is moving in that direction, like the Jay-Z album with Samsung and other people putting out exclusives with various brands; so if it’s something that is done right, it doesn’t have to be this weird, corporate thing. It can be something that’s organic and good for the band and good for the fans, most importantly.

Do you have plans to release another game anytime soon?
We have 55 million plus fans on Facebook, and knowing that’s a strong place for us and knowing that a lot of those people are gamers, we wanted to make something again that we would enjoy playing, that they would enjoy playing, and that falls in line with the way we see our band — and also, in this case, that has a philanthropic component.

Recharge is going to be a Facebook game set in a future time where the world’s natural resources have almost run out and you, as a player, are part of a rebellion, because the bad guys have gotten their hands on the Earth’s remaining resources and are using them to enslave the rest of the planet. You’re going to fight the tyrannical bad guys; and on the way, any money generated from certain items that you might spend money on in the game would benefit Music For Relief, which is our organization to combat environmental crisis, climate change, and to provide relief to those who’ve suffered from natural disasters. That ties the theme of the game into something along the same lines in real life.

Linkin Park has done a lot of charity work over the last decade. How do you think apps have changed the philanthropic space?
I think two places where it’s been really apparent are the online component and being able to reach that via mobile and the text-to-donate component. When something happens and you really want to go to work and do some good for the people who need it, being able to do that in as few clicks as possible or reaching people in that moment of realization when they want to help — even if it’s a dollar — means a world of difference.

Forming in 1996, Linkin Park has really grown in popularity in tandem with the Internet. 
We had a really intentional focus on it from the beginning. Spelling our band name “Linkin” was to get the dot com and that just set the tone for us. And over time, everybody just started to switch. We were always a part of that and it’s always been a way for us to keep connected with each other and with our fans, to stay connected with families at home when we were on the road — and now it’s just second nature.

I’m personally very interested in technology. I love finding out about new apps and technology, and in some cases, if we can be a part of the innovation process that’s amazing and it’s one of my favorite things to do. When it comes back around to releasing music or entertaining our fans, or staying connected to our fans, that’s high on our list. For example, one of the places where we’ve put a lot of focus and made some headway is our direct-to-consumer campaigns where we try to spread the word every chance we get that if you want to buy a Linkin Park song or album, do it from LinkinPark.com. You don’t have to go to other places to buy it and we incentivize fans to make it interesting.

Along with most other bands, you’ve certainly minimized your MySpace promotional initiatives in recent years. Does MySpace have a future? 
I’m currently not using it very much, so I wouldn’t be the best person to ask. I don’t know, so that might be a function of it being totally lame, or maybe I’m just missing the boat.

What can you tell me about the new Linkin Park album? Will singer Chester Bennington be a part of it?
There’s not much I can say, at this point, but Chester has not left our band. He’s just doing Stone Temple Pilots when he’s got days off and it’s not a big deal as far as scheduling goes. We’re very supportive of him and he’s doing great with them and they’re having fun playing.

As far as we’re concerned, we’re going to have some interesting stuff going on in the future. I would say there are some surprises lined up in the coming months and I can’t tell anybody about them, but you’re definitely going to want to watch Linkin Park, be it on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, or YouTube, wherever you’re connected and want to stay in touch with the band. There’ll definitely be some cool stuff happening in the coming months.

Source: Download.com

Mike Ragogna: Mike, what brought The Urgency Network to your attention?

Mike Shinoda: That was brought to us by one of our staff members at Music For Relief. I’m sure you know Music For Relief is our non-profit. We established that back in the two thousands. Music For Relief was originally founded to provide relief for victims of natural disasters and then we also later included preventative efforts to try to mitigate natural disasters. So charity, helping people who are involved or affected by environmental problems, those types of things are always on our radar and The Urgency Network popped up as part of that effort.

MR: Many artists are involved with The Urgency Network’s efforts including Incubus and Paul McCartney. One of the things that you’re offering as a prize to help raise funds is a trip to Japan and hanging out with Linkin Park at the Summer Sonic Festival. How will all this work?

MS: The basic idea of Urgency Network is it’s an online platform where users get points for everything they do and they’re rewarded for their actions. The campaigns each have a big grand prize, and their focus has been on larger-than-life grand prizes. They really want to go big with the things they offer, so a flight out to Japan to see Summer Sonic–that’s not just to see us, Summer Sonic is the biggest festival in Japan. it’s one of the biggest festivals in the world, from Linkin Park to Metallica, and you’ve also got great indie bands like Alt-J. Just to go back to the relationship, Music For Relief is trying to create a “jackpot,” as they call it, of a million media placements, so that would be the top performing campaign between now and October. So if you go to the page, you can see ways to earn points and whoever gets the most points wins.

MR: One of the goals is to raise fifty thousand dollars to send socket-powered LED lamps to the families in need.

MS: Yeah, I believe that’s the case.

MR: It would be great to go over the goals some more, but before we do, what else do we need to know about the process?

MS: Well, to wrap that up, let me just say that the campaign with The Urgency Network is cool because anybody can participate but that’s not the only way you can help. You can watch videos or sign a pledge for sustainable energy or share things on Twitter and Facebook. Every action that you participate in gets you points and the points get you closer to the grand prize and other rewards. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about energy poverty because there are 1.3 billion people on the planet–that’s like a fifth of the planet who don’t have access to electricity or sustainable energy, and they’re using harmful pollutants like dung and kerosene to light their homes and heat their homes and cook their food. That’s what Power The World and Music For Relief are working to help people with, and that’s what by signing the pledge or watching videos, anything that gets you points, those points are helping combat this sustainable energy problem.

MR: Is global sustainable energy one of the things that you feel strongly about?

MS: Yeah, yeah. With Music For Relief, we caught the attention of the UN a couple of years ago and we were introduced to the “Sustainable Energy For All” effort by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. They set off on that path last year and we decided to do our own kind of branch-off from that, which is called Power The World. In other words, Power The World is kind of under the umbrella of the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All program and the reason we created our own branch was because we felt that by specializing or focusing on smaller areas rather than saying we’re just going to try and help everybody in the world–over a billion people need help with this sustainable energy problem–we decided our most effective efforts would be to focus on places where we knew we could make an impact and the first place that we did that was in Haiti, which is great. Being from LA and being from the US, it’s nearby.

They have massive, massive problems with not only sustainable energy but also deforestation and cholera, and a lot of this stuff can be traced back in one way or another to the living conditions there. So with the help of the UN and supporters of Power The World, delivering them solar light bulbs and solar lamps in a country where you’ve got a seventy-five percent unemployment rate and a fifty percent illiteracy rate, people need to feel safe after the earthquake. They were walking around in the dark and violence and stuff was happening, and they had nowhere to go and do the things they needed to do, maybe even just going to the bathroom. These things were helping keep people safe and keep their minds off those other concerns and get back to the things they needed to do to move their life to the next step.

MR: Mike, can you go more into when you and the group decided to become more hands on with global concerns and contributing in this way?

MS: Oh, I don’t know… It’s been an evolution over time. We started Music For Relief in the mid-2000s–I want to say ’05 or ’06–and it’s been an ongoing thing since probably before that.

MR: Normally, you have a lot of bands dealing with issues like climate change or hunger in a general way, but you’re digging in and getting specific.

MS: The way that I look at charity is that it’s something that I wish everybody would do in one way or another, and I think it’s an important part of being a member of the human race and it’s also something that you don’t have to spend money doing. You can spend time, you can give effort instead. For me, one of the more difficult things is choosing where to use that effort. So for us, we try and look at it in terms of where can we make a difference and what skills and connections do we have that afford us the best opportunity to make change. For example, one of the things that we know about Linkin Park is that we are the biggest band on Facebook. We have fifty-five million followers on Facebook and a large percent of those followers are gamers. They love to play games, especially action games. This year, we’re debuting a game called “Recharge,” which is a Facebook game. It’s an action-based puzzle game, so think third-person, three dimensional like an action game, but puzzle-based like “Field Runners.” This game, “Recharge,” is going to be available to Facebook players later on this year and you don’t have to be a Linkin Park fan to play it. The story of the game happens in a future where the Earth’s natural resources have basically run out and a small group of people are controlling those resources and using them to enslave the rest of the planet. You’re a part of the rebellion fighting them to take the resources back and save the human race. What we’ve done with the game that I’m really happy with is we’re tying in the charitable component so that whether or not you’re trying to do anything charitable, you’re just playing the game, right? Based on things where money’s involved, maybe it’ll be ads and we’re also hoping to include things like where you buy upgrades for your character. Certain upgrades will actually benefit Music For Relief. So let’s say you buy a Music For Relief t-shirt for your avatar, you’re actually making a difference to maybe a family in Haiti who get solar lights for their home.

MR: You’re thinking globally which is really a beautiful thing, but we also have a lot of issues in the United States. What are a couple of things Stateside that you have your eye on?

MS: In the US? I think everywhere sustainability, waste, recycling…these things are pretty global issues. I personally try and pay attention to my carbon footprint. I have solar panels at the house; I actually have an electric car as well. I read the other day when I was in London that they’ve created legislation that’s going to make it mandatory for all car companies to reduce emissions by a certain threshold by 2020 I think it is or in the next twenty years, I can’t remember which it was. But the idea was that because they passed that legislation in the country, the car companies were going to be forced to acknowledge the fact that they need to be producing hybrids and definitely electric cars as well. If they aren’t then they won’t meet the standards. So it makes it mandatory and I think sometimes that’s the thing that tough for people to deal with here in the States, but it’s something that in the bigger picture just needs to happen. We need to be more conscious about the amount of pollution and waste that we’re responsible for.

MR: How do we bring the United States more into the world family when it comes to these concerns?

MS: One of the things that bothers me and I think our generation to a large degree is the in-fighting that goes on in politics. It’s like people are playing for a team. When it comes to basketball, I’m happy to watch two teams fight it out. But when it comes to politics, I don’t like the idea of people putting their team over the good of the people. So that bothers me a bit and I think it bothers a lot of people, especially when it comes to things like environmental issues where they could be making a difference except they have a responsibility to their team to play a certain way, their team or their supporters, which is even scarier. For me, I wish that the US would lead when it comes to environmental issues. We don’t really lead in the world when it comes to environmental issues and I think that’s sad. I think Americans, as competitive as we can be–and Americans love to make fun of other countries, like the French, for whatever reason–but truth be told on this subject the French and the English are doing better than we are.

MR: Yeah, I have a feeling that we hit the reset button during the Bush years with things like abandoning the Kyoto agreement, the denial of climate change, and environmental issues. I feel like as a country, we may have lost our momentum with a lot of these concerns.

MS: I admit, I’m a musician, so I spend the majority of my time playing shows and making music and I am definitely not the most knowledgeable about the weekly goings-on with the legislature or the changes in that kind of landscape. But in general terms, I know that there are things that we can do on an individual basis that make a difference. When I talk to people who say, “Well what do you say to people who just don’t believe it’s even happening.” Let’s just humor that for a moment…I always say that if you walk around your house and you say, “My house is not a mess, so therefore I’m not going to clean it up or keep it clean,” guess what your house is going to look like in six months? If you say to me, “It’s not happening, so I’m not going to do anything about it,” it’s the exact same thing. If you’re not going to do anything about it I don’t give a crap about if it’s a mess right now or not, if you’re not doing anything, it’s going to be a mess sooner than you know it, so you might as well get on board and help out.

MR: Can you give an update as far as what’s going on with Linkin Park?

MS: Yeah. Other than the game, which we’re very excited about, we’re working on a new album, we’re about to go on a tour in Asia, and I can’t give you too many details about what we have going on, but I think in the next month, we have something very exciting for fans and I’m only allowed to pique your interest. That’s all I’m allowed to say. I promise something very exciting for Linkin Park fans in the next month.

MR: My traditional question. What advice do you have for new artists?

MS: I always tell new artists that the key to their success as they’re beginning is to not worry about other people helping them out. It’s really that they have the power to get their music to the next step completely on their own at this point in time, whether it’s talking about making the music, recording the music, playing the music live or just spreading the word about the music, there are so many tools out there, especially online, for people to just make amazing stuff and they don’t really need anybody’s help. That’s not a knock against the label, I think the label can be really useful once you’ve already established something but don’t look to some label or some producer or some deal to get you to the next step, especially if you’re doing it just to get famous. I never related to that. To me, it’s always been about making great art and being able to stand behind that at the end of the day.

MR: If somebody wants to jump in and do something socially conscious, where does one start?

MS: There are a couple of different ways I could go answering this question…

MR: Might it be simple things like recycling?

MS: Well, I always find that the way to get into charity is to choose things that are meaningful to you. For example, if you have a family member or family members who have passed away because of cancer, or if you have friends and family who have been affected by some kind of natural disaster or tragedy, I feel like that’s a place where you’ll be motivated to make it a habit. To me, the habitual nature of charity is the most important. If you’re only doing it every time something bad happens, then I think there’s an element of guilt that goes with it, and I don’t feel like people should be just doing charitable actions based on guilt. It should be a positive experience. It should be habitual. Challenge yourself to do it when you don’t feel guilty, so that it’s only a positive experience and you’re not doing something because something went wrong.

MR: If you were to become socially conscious today, if you were to look at one thing today that would get your attention, what would it be to get you motivated?

MS: One thing that I’m personally really excited about–and part of this is because I’ve got an interest in Haiti, especially in recycling down there–one of the things that’s going on right now that I think is really cool in the US and other places, too, is that people are starting to use recycled plastic and recycled material to make things like jeans and t-shirts. The recycling technology is always changing and developing. I found out just the other day that that styrofoam that everybody used to think was so bad for the environment because it “can’t” be recycled, that’s actually recyclable now, you just need to sort it. A lot of people don’t know that because, especially if you’re thirty years or older, you just grew up hearing that was bad stuff. But the super-super cheap styrofoam is now a recyclable. It’s come a long way and it’s going to continue to develop and hopefully stuff like that becomes a part of being able to just reuse and reuse instead of just making more crap and making more waste.

MR: Beautiful. I really appreciate your time Mike. Thank you very much.

MS: Awesome, thank you.

Source: Huffingtonpost.com

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