Responses to comments: JPkaukonen

December 15, 2008

Posted by JPkaukonen: yo mike, really an awesome post from you, great advices. my band is just about to get signed to a rather big record label, and though we know we haveto be careful on what we sign to, it really opened the vision of the situation by reading your words of it.

M: Interesting; tell us more. I’ll help you out right here if I can. If you need more than the comments length, put it in the forums and put the link here.





  1. ecetim on December 19, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Mike – can you tell me where I can purchase a DRM-free, non-censored version of Rising Tied? (MP3 download obviously) My original CD was stuck in the CD changer of my old car when I wrecked it, so it is gone. I downloaded the album from Amazon only to find out the “non-PA” description in the song titles means “non-Parental Advisory” and while the “censoring” was done tastefully, it irks me to hear songs that I know have been changed. I have little use for regular CD’s anymore, so I’d rather not have to buy & rip again, but if I have to I will.

    I checked out Napster too, but two of the songs on the album “aren’t available for download.”

  2. nikkiann0100 on December 18, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I think it’s great that you are trying to help. One thing I was wodering about is if a band signs a contract for say 14 years or how ever long and something happens where the band has to split up, is the band penalised alot or what happens with that?

  3. Kalini on December 17, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Firstly, I’d like to wish good luck to JPKaukonen! Secondly, I read your response, Mike, and I can agree with Paneska. You know that all these small companies’ services have to be paid and they are expensive. An artist like you, who have already your own funds to invest in the marketing of your projects, could choose using the services of the small companies, but a new band, which doesn’t have a marketing budget, yet, couldn’t afford it. If an artist wants to hire a good company, which is international or has partners worldwide, then the company’s commission is even bigger. I think JPKaukonen should try to negotiate a profitable contract with the record label. Can you agree with me? KK

  4. paneska on December 17, 2008 at 10:08 am

    i read the response in the LPforums but i have a doubt. Mike, you recommend to JPkaukonen that it’s also possible go into music market without signing for a big label, that his band could hire small companies for the distribution of their cd’s, publicity and more. i supose that when you sign for a label this pay you for your product: music, shows and any other stuff related to the band but if you decide go alone for this industry, be a independent band, it isn’s very expensive for a new band??? i mean you will need much money to hire that companies for the services you mention before… maybe for a new band, it would be better sign for a label. i’d would be glad if you can clear my doubt

  5. LMikeShinodaP on December 17, 2008 at 6:27 am

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  6. Elliot_aka_MC_Eli on December 17, 2008 at 12:02 am

    speaking of bands……. heres my bro’s band, tell me what you think.

  7. ShadowerLiltani on December 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Wow, you really enjoy talking about the music business. I have a question, too, actually. I had noticed you mentioned Epitaph Records in that thread. I know you didn’t do this, but in contracts in other businesses it often says that if you are signed to a publishing company, you aren’t allowed to discuss or recommend that company or other companies. Does it work the same way for music labels? If so, what kind of “penalties” can happen if that little rule gets broken? (This drove me bonkers when I asked a fellow writer if he knew of any publishers and he couldn’t help me other than give me internet searches.)

  8. A_Warm_Place on December 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Hey Mike , can you name me one artist/band that has become successful on a global scale that is not signed to a record label? NIN and Radiohead can pull it off because they already had a massive fan base before going indie.Despite what many think it’s just not possible yet to make a good living being indie. As much as the gap has closed in recent years , Major labels still have the power of getting the songs on rock radio , touring with big artists , expensive videos etc. When your indie , your classified with a million other artists that are trying to make it.

  9. nillp on December 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    long time no see.. it’s been impossible to access the internet the last few days.. since there’s a lot of things going on, like, first i got conjunctivitis, than had my sister’s graduation, my only grandfather got sick and for the last 3 days, i’ve been partying hard -alcohol it’s cheaper than therapy-, if u know what i mean.. 😉

    anyway. really wonderful what u’r doing.. really great to see that u care and want to help your fans..! (‘:


    have a great week.

    see ya. mk’nil :*

  10. Ana_ on December 16, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Mike, you are a wonderful person.. No doubts.. 🙂

  11. skindesbous on December 16, 2008 at 9:20 am

    I also want to be in a band but I think it’s dificult to find people that love the same kind of music as you, or similar, and I think that if I start doing music with people that just want music for fun I’ll get on my nerves… And in the other hand, I’ve seen people like my drums teacher (he’s one of the best drummers in Spain) and he’s still working as teacher, and playing from time to time with his band, so, that makes me supose that even being one the best, you need to be a little lucky (maybe they didn’t used the Internet as they could, but…)

  12. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on December 16, 2008 at 7:35 am

    hey Mike. i want a band too xD but there is a big problem. im in a little city and finding some people with my passion is so hard. i dont know what i should do. 🙂 Gabry

  13. zahra on December 16, 2008 at 7:05 am

    thats soooo sweeeeeeet!!…..

  14. Delgada on December 16, 2008 at 2:50 am

    That’s great to see someone can step outside of his own business and try to help other people with theirs. sorta brings back faith in people.

    Off the subject now – I found some great, yet scary photos about how much the everyday activities can destroy enviroment in a way we don’t even imagine. Those photos are aesthetic, beautiful and still manage to shock you. Here’s the link:

  15. Illara on December 16, 2008 at 2:29 am

    you’re awesome, Mike 🙂

  16. lp_fm_fan on December 16, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Aww. Sweet! I actually wanted to ask something totally random…but I remembered the post you had a while back about keeping on topic so I gave up posting my random silly comment. heh.


    edit: even though this is kinda random now….. hm, there’s no way i can win.

  17. pepper on December 15, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Seriously, do you guys know any other band that cares about its fans this much? Not even that, do you know any other famous artist who would take time to give his fans personal advice on how they can be successful in the industry?
    Psh I know I don’t.
    I’m so proud to be a Mike fangirl. =)
    We should just create a Shinoda Army, take over the industry, and fix everything and bring the good, hard working, authentically talented musicians out to shine and get rid of phoney celebs.

  18. mike_n_LP_4ever on December 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    LUCKY!!!! LoL! I wanna be a singer/musician too……='[ Well! I hope I do become a singer/musician somehow; one day! Can you help me Mike! Please! Like I have’t gotten anywhwere with my singing yet, but I always sing in public at my school; afta school though. Like I always put on a little show. Always embaressed but it helps me loose my stress, and fear. One of my life goals. =D


    PS Btw: What are Mike, a philosopher? LoL jk jk jk!

  19. JPkaukonen on December 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    yoyo mike! thank you so much. i put it up in the forums and here is the link:

  20. analoggirl on December 15, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    That’s cool. And advice for someone in public relations? (haha, just kidding. Or am I?)

  21. lucky_cat on December 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm


  22. Madlen on December 15, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Whoa are you going to have a live conversation or something?:DAnd btw could you tell that music industry back in the days when you were getting signed was better than today’s music industry?

  23. faiintx on December 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Mike, you’re my idol!! =]

    i have a question…if you get signed to a big record label, does that, like, guarantee you success and fame?

  24. tearzofblood on December 15, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Mike its great that your taking time outta your life to help everyone with there music careers and giving them a step in the right direction.

    I’ve followed LP from the start and love everything you guys do all the way to your art, fort minor and dead by sunrise.

    Any advice to help someone who has never picked up a guitar with the exceptiong of guitar hero and rock band. wheres a good place to start on learning and buying the right equipment?

    LP is deffinately an major influence and inspiration to me and any others who wanna pick up and instrument

  25. ninguem on December 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    mike is nice to see you helping your fans 😀
    and i have one doubt
    when hybrid theory ep was released?
    i knew which was in 1999, but i want know which month/day was released
    thanks 😀

  26. NataliaForgotten on December 15, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Lucky JPkaukonen, good luck with your band, I wanna know about it too! (great Myspace, by the way) Mike’s advices really help. 🙂 He is the new bands’ guru, haha!

  27. tpbarbosa on December 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    That’s really great Mike, see you want to help your fans out.
    I’ve made some questions on the Zii’s new, it’s very important for me, so could you please asnwer it ? 🙂

  28. YuN_RoCks on December 15, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    ho ho what an honor for you dude! Mike you’re so the best ❤

  29. MarishkaLP on December 15, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    you’re a great guy, Mike. you’re care. it means a lot 🙂

  30. cuz on December 15, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Mike…You are so incredibly good for the other people…Always ready to take your time to answer our questions, tell us something about your art or simply help. The world needs more people like you. Love you.

    BTW. Are you working on new pieces for Glorious Excess (Dies) or decided to take a break or something?

    This post was one of the nicest I’ve read these days 🙂

  31. NoMoreSorrowGirl on December 15, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    That JPkaukonen guy is a damn lucky…imagine their is Mike Shinoda to help you out…Mike,have you ever think back in time when you were like them and no one like Mike Shinoda to help you out doing your songs and demos…have you ever ask yourself like damn those lucky bastards are lucky coz theirs one Mike Shinoda help them out…peace:))take care guys and goodluck to JPkaukonen and his future band to enter the industry!

  32. rockermeg on December 15, 2008 at 1:49 pm


  33. Mark86 on December 15, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I’m so good with Google… he’s the drummer of “Thrust Moment”: MySpace/thrustmoment
    Well, not really my favourite genre, but not bad.

  34. Lvix on December 15, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Mike, you’re so good for other people… A few days ago a rapper guy ‘D-k.’ asked me to be his manager.
    Because i am a really orginazed person.
    And you know what, you are his idol of making beats.
    He is Jalous i meeted you two time, lol.
    And he is really no Linkin Park fan! Really a Mike fan:p

    This guy makes dutch rap so you don’t understand it…
    But what do you think of the sound… Tell me if you think this guy has talent or not?

    if you can’t watch the vid, i will upload it on youtube…
    I think he got talent, but just need someonne helping him producing..
    P.S.: Thanks for the SIGNED poster from the LPST.

  35. ixabel_LP on December 15, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Mike u are really a GREAT person!!!!

    He’s such a lucky guy!!!

    BTW… Good Luck to ur band!!=)

    Kisses 4 U Mike!^.^

  36. antje on December 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Hey JPkaukonen….Congrats to you! Sounds very exciting.
    Is there something from your band in the WWW what we can listen to?
    Oh, and listen to Mike…he know what he is talking about…. ;)) Teaching by Mr. Shinoda… very nice… 🙂
    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Jhuryn on December 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, congrats JPkaukonen! I hope Mike can help make your journey a little smoother. Hope to hear from your band soon!

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