The Rising Tied 10 Year Anniversary

November 22, 2015

Fort Minor’s THE RISING TIED turned 10 today!  I don’t want to get all nostalgic, but I thought it would be appropriate to jump back in time for a moment.

By the mid-2000s, Our band had made two studio albums (Hybrid Theory and Meteora), a remix album (Reanimation), and Collision Course with Jay-Z.  Everything had been an insane rollercoaster ride up until that point, and we finally stepped back to think about what had happened.  We went from living in apartments and our parents’ houses to being “Linkin Park.”  And we hadn’t totally absorbed what that meant.

I often get asked why I made The Rising Tied–where was I coming from at the time.  On HT, our band was introducing a distinctive sound.  On Meteora, we were putting a twist on that, getting ourselves and the fans set up for the idea that we could do more than the one thing (particularly with tracks like Breaking The Habit and Nobody’s Listening).  Reanimation was an attempt at showcasing the variety of (underground) influences that moved us, past and “present”.  And Collision Course was Collision Course.

After that, as I was thinking about who we were and who I was, I realized that I didn’t feel like my own individual voice and style was totally understood.  We were seen as more of a rock/pop act, but I had basically grown up on underground hip hop.  Sure, I played piano and loved rock music and electronic as well, but hip hop was my foundation.  So I stared making songs, never intending them to come out, just making them because I enjoyed what I was doing.

Thank you to everyone who appeared on the album, played on stage with me, and supported it.  I have no idea what’s to come with Fort Minor, but I look forward to the ride.

 

THANK YOU!

mike

WELCOME VIDEO in VR

July 7, 2015

I’ve been enjoying all the comments about the new video for the Fort Minor song, WELCOME.  Until now, you’ve been checking it out in the YouTube app on your phone, and in the desktop Chrome browser.  Many of you have asked when the video will come out for Google Cardboard or your other favorite VR headsets…well here we go.  Check the links below for a fully-immersive experience in your VR headset of choice:

Littlstar: http://bit.ly/1J2LUkN
Get the App to experience it in Cardboard:
http://littstar.com/ios
http://littlstar.com/android

Vrideo: http://bit.ly/1LQNxHr

VRLIVE.TV: http://bit.ly/1JMKdxG
Get the Android App: http://bit.ly/1LQNv2b

360Heros: http://bit.ly/1HONdY1
iOS App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/360heros/id843364693?ls=1&mt=8
Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.video360.activity

KolorEyes: http://bit.ly/1Hsb4YR
iOS App: https://appsto.re/us/AHc2G.i
Android App: http://bit.ly/1dRy4Jr

mike

WELCOME 360 Video

July 7, 2015

Please watch in your Chrome browser or YouTube app for the 360 experience!

…and here’s a peek behind the making of WELCOME…

mike

A Gift For You (Free Song)

February 18, 2015

Hey everyone,

We made something cool the other day, and we wanted you to have it.  Here’s a special unreleased acoustic version of Final Masquerade.  Stripping it down to bare bones brought the sentiment of the song right to the surface.  Thanks for all your support over the past couple months – we hope you enjoy the song.  Click here:

http://linkinpark.com/thankyou

 

mike

M. Shinoda X Bamford Watch Department

February 2, 2015

MSxBWD Available Now

 

Today I’m excited to announce my new collaboration with the world-renowned Bamford Watch Department.  This timepiece is a Super Matte black Rolex Daytona with MGTC (military grade titanium coating) featuring custom artwork — a tiny skull from my Glorious Excess (Dies) exhibition.

My band-mates and I have been expanding the boundaries of our wearable releases—making some even more ubiquitous and easily accessible, and others distinctly limited and aspirational.  In the range of our offerings, this timepiece sets a new bar for the latter.  It is, of course, not something our average fan can buy.  For most, it exists as an idea, a wearable piece of art.

For the limited few that are interested in purchasing one, head over to Bamford Watch Department’s site HERE.

MS x BWD on water

 

MS x BWD in box

 

To see paintings from the inspiration of this timepiece, see my GLORIOUS EXCESS art HERE.

mike

What a lineup. Beast Astray

September 24, 2014


Conceived and curated by Joe Hahn, BEAST ASTRAY is an exhibit of artwork inspired by the motion picture, MALL.  Artists featured include:

AARON DE LA CRUZ . AXIS . BILL McMULLEN . BOM.K . BRANDON REZA PARVINI . CLEON PETERSON . DABS MYLA . DI NGUYEN . EDWIN USHIRO . ESTEVAN ORIOL . GABRIEL PEREZ . GEORGE THOMPSON . GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS . IGOR KOVALIK . JAMES JEAN . JASPER WONG . JESSE HAZELIP . JIM LEE . JOE HAHN . JORAM ROUKES . KEEGAN GIBBS . KENICHI HOSHINE . KIM JUNG GI . KOMATSU MIWA . MANNY SAYES . MARK DEAN VECA . MECHIKURO . MIKE LEE . MIKE SHINODA . MU PAN . REVOK . ROBERT FOX . ROBERT MACKENZIE . RON ENGLISH . ROSTARR . SABER . SAGE VAUGHN . SEVER . SLICK . STASH . STEVEN PLATT . TRISTAN EATON . VINCENT DI NGUYEN . ZESER

The exhibit opens on Thursday September 25th at Known Gallery (441 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036) and will continue to be on show until October 5th.

MALL is Joe’s debut feature film. Co-starring Vincent D’Onofrio (who pulls triple duty as star/ producer/ screenwriter), Cameron Monaghan (TV’s SHAMELESS) and Gina Gershon (KILLER JOE), MALL examines a group of disaffected suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting. The film will be distributed throughout North American theaters and all major digital platforms on October 17th via Paragon Pictures in association with Silver Lining Entertainment.

mike

Watch: Climate Justice Badasses.

September 23, 2014

Thank you to Kumi Naidoo, Bill McKibben, and Andrew Freedman, who are badass.

mike

How Watching Videos Can Help People Fighting Ebola In West Africa

September 6, 2014

Hey guys,

Hopefully you’ve been following our journey on the road during Carnivores Tour thanks to Chideo. For those of you who don’t know much about it, Chideo is the first online interactive charity broadcast network where fans can get access to exclusive video content and experiences with their favorite celebrities while doing some social good.

In 2005, we started a nonprofit organization, Music for Relief, in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated many of the places we had just played on tour. Through Music for Relief, we are committed to utilizing our connections with other bands, people in the music industry and, most importantly, our fans to raise awareness for those in need.  Since its inception, Music for Relief has raised over $6 million to aid survivors of natural disasters around the world and planted over 1 million trees to reduce climate change.

Right now, Music for Relief is responding to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  One of the most crucial aspects of fighting this deadly virus is having the protective gear to help those who are sick. Music for Relief is raising money for goggles, masks, gloves, full body suits and more for the brave aid workers responding to the crisis. The more gear they have, the better the chances there are of getting the virus under control and preventing it from spreading.

I want to encourage you all to get in on the conversation, and Chideo is a perfect place to get started.  You can register on Chideo.com or download the Chideo app and you’ll gain access to behind-the-scenes video content (like our backstage dance party during Rob’s drum solo or Dave’s weirdest and most exciting backstage tour ever), not to mention you’ll be the first to hear about future sweepstakes opportunities to get up close and personal with the band. On top of all that, your generous donation will support our charity Music for Relief. A full protective suit costs about $350, but with all of you contributing, the impact can be great.

It’s been a lot of fun reading your questions and creating our video responses – we hope you’ve enjoyed them, too. Please know that you are making a difference by donating to Music for Relief on Chideo and helping people in the greatest need around the world.

Thank you.

mike

Linkin Park by 10 Second Songs

September 4, 2014
mike

New Linkin Log (Vlog) #3

August 22, 2014

This one is a wilder one.  We were still coming down off of adrenaline from the show in Boston.  Guest appearance by Phoenix LP and the goat.

mike