Wemix Contest Q&A #2: A Brokeheart Pro

December 23, 2008

The album I’m working on now is also a book, a movie and merchandise. Now, I have two complete visions for this project: 1.Β  To do it DIY like I do everything else, or 2. To do it bigger, with a major label attached to all properties. If you were me, what would you do?

Jeannette (a brokeheart pro)


I think your band’s sound has the potential to achieve a mainstream crossover someday–you guys got a ton of votes in the Wemix competition, so people obviously like it. Success will take time, hard work, good ideas, and some level of luck…But in the meantime, I would imagine that the best thing you can do is try to build things as much as possible without signing to a major. In your case, signing a contract should be the result of having an amazing band, sound, live show, and fanbase. Don’t let the cart lead the horse–focus on building a big live show following and online fanbase, and by the time the labels figure it out, you’ll be able to negotiate a much better deal for yourselves.


PS – don’t let them take your web domain rights and ownership of your fan club. The last thing you want to do is give them the power of your mailing list and your online community.

PPS – I want to point out that Jeannette gets it: she remembered to tastefully add her myspace link in her post (I didn’t add it).



  1. Kalini on December 28, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Jeannette has very nice voice and sound. I listened to “You Don’t Know” and “Dark Red And Loud” and liked them very much. It’s amazing that she’s done so much DIY and if she could do it bigger with a record label, but signing a contract with acceptable conditions for her, it would be the best thing for her! Mike, your PS is a great advice! Does LP have the ownership of the web domain and the fan club? Krassie

  2. HMF on December 25, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Mike! Just wanted to wish u and all of LP a very merry Chirstmas!! Hope u had a great year and I can’t wait till the new album comes out!! πŸ™‚

  3. Kat on December 25, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    merry christmas to you and the family mike πŸ™‚
    i just wanted to say i think it’s awesome that you take the time out to answer your fans and help them out with advice. do you know how many well-off musicians would do that today? i’m pretty sure, not many. but it’s just one of the reasons why i love you and all the members of linkin park. you guys are REAL people. don’t ever change. your fans love you!!!

  4. rockermeg on December 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Sorry I know I’ve already posted a comment and I’m breaking the rules but I can’t find my first comment =S
    And I wanted to wish you and Anna a Merry Christmas

  5. faiintx on December 25, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Mike! i just wanted to say merry christmas & happy new year.
    you truly are amazing, and i also want to thank you for the little ‘present’ of streaming Road to Revolution all day yesterday.

    that was REALLY nice of you & the rest of the band; obviously, you guys are the nicest people ever. i watched road to revolution about four or five times…and i loved it!! merry christmas! ur my idol, btw =]

    love, pallavi

  6. SB_CleverName on December 25, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Hey Mike!!

    We just wanted to give you something really special we made!! It is a collective work of many of your fans at LPNetwork and at β€˜Linkin Park Rocking For Greece’ blog. It consists of a video with wishes for Merry Christmas to you guys, of your fans from many different countries and a letter written by us, the administrators of the greek blog, which reflects the thoughts of everyone!!

    We’d be really glad if you could take a moment and check them out!

    Thank you very much for reading this comment, Merry Christmas to all of you and your families! πŸ˜€

    Here’s the link to download them both:


  7. minodagirl91 on December 25, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Hi mike…
    I wish you and all your family a merry xmas… U may have all the best ’cause u deserve it…
    I know that u’re working right now however.. happy holiday!!! Love you honey πŸ˜‰

  8. nillp on December 25, 2008 at 8:43 am

    i wish the best for you, your family, friends and bandmates today and always..!

    have a great day all you!

  9. Shinodabestfriend on December 25, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Merry Christmas baby!! ^^ to you and your band! and family… naturally.. merry x mas to Chester too!! πŸ˜€ HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!!! wish for you and Chaz the best day.. ^^ love you! and kisses!

  10. rocksylvie on December 25, 2008 at 1:12 am

    MerryX-mass, Mike and all my love and good thoughts for you! Be happy and loved! Keep doing the good job you do! Lav ya!

  11. LPmAgaS on December 24, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    yo Mike , I wanna wish you , MERRY X-MAS!!!!!! , plz give this message to al the other members: Merry X-mas!!!!I hope all band’s derams and you dreams come true!!!!!!!!!!

  12. navee on December 24, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    mike! hope you answear me this one I saw timbaland 2 years a go on a JT show he had a 20 minutes mix middletime wich blow my mind and I bought the “shock value” cd, now his kind of burnout in success (people is starting to not working with him because everybody does the “timbaland thing”) anyway love him I won’t forget that show, I saw in a site the tracklistening to his new cd ONE IN SPECIAL FEAT. LP! so I was wondering what up with that? does the track “still standing” is real or I just got punk’d? hope you answear this love ya! by the way merry christmas2ya and ana!

  13. Kaolla_Shiori on December 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    merry christmas to you, your family and the rest of the band~

    god bless

  14. shan1105 on December 24, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    First off, Merry christmas to you and your family, i hope it is safe and enjoyable! I have a question, my son is a young rap artist and he is just starting out. he had a question. What do you think is the best way to promote yourself outside of the state you live in? He has a my space, but how do you get people to it? He performs locally but doesn’t really know where to go from here. http://www.myspace.com/shiftyplay7879

  15. lp_fm_fan on December 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Merry Christmas EVE! XD

    I know since you’re in LA (unless you went somewhere else for Christmas) it’s not Christmas there yet.

    Mike, guess what. I got an iPhone for Christmas! It’s amazing but I can’t use it till Christmas! (it’s my present from my parents) and I wanted to know what iPhone applications you think is best.

    Hope you have a great Christmas and a happy new year. πŸ™‚


  16. ultrapeter on December 24, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Merry Christmas, Mike! Merry Christmas! We love you Mike! You and Chester are the best that I have.

  17. nikkiann0100 on December 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Hey Mike, Just wanted to wish you and your family a merry christmas. Also that new instrumental song is great!

  18. ravivandmikefan4life on December 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Hey I have a question involving the LPN
    My friend said that she sent me a friend invite, and i dont know how to get to it!
    How do u get to a friend invite???
    And merry christmas!!!

  19. Jaclyn on December 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm

  20. ThaPark on December 24, 2008 at 11:59 am

    heey mike, Merry Christmas for you and your family (: or ‘Feliz Natal’ – is ‘Merry Christmas in portuguese. love you mike, have a nice day.

  21. Helene on December 24, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Happy x-mas!! πŸ™‚

  22. minuteforce on December 24, 2008 at 5:46 am

    On an unrelated note … Merry Christmas. πŸ™‚

  23. zahra on December 24, 2008 at 5:10 am

    oookay…..tha was niiiicccce//..so i have a question to ask u ,about something totally different / pls don’t get mad at me and i know its been along time ….why is my M2M album another color?????..lol….:)

  24. RandomX on December 24, 2008 at 4:05 am

    Yo Mike,

    i was hoping you could help me, i’m a new musician and I have tried to get into open mic nights but i’m under 21 so they wont let me in and i few other places didn’t like the type of music i did, are there any tips you could give me to help me or anyone else?



  25. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on December 24, 2008 at 1:28 am

    heyyya Mike, ty 4 the respons πŸ™‚ im searching for some poeple who will be in my band XD
    and yayy xmas is coming soon Gabry

  26. murry on December 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    One of my friends is facebook friends with Bob Dylan. Something tells me that’s not the real guy. Also, another friend is facebook married to a beach fun ken doll that we made a profile for.

  27. Wello on December 23, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    I ‘ve been noticing you keep on mentioning not to let them get a hold of your fan club. Am i right that you’re subtly trying to hint that you aren’t all that happy about everything Warner is doing with the LPU? Or are you worried that coming right and saying that on your blog could result in something of a disaster. I’m interested. It’s about time for a revolution.

    P.S. the whole youtube deal is just plain stupidity on their part, it’s an incredibly big outlet to new listeners (you hear a bit of something on the radio, you search the lyrics you did hear, you find the song on google, you search it in youtube, you listen to the song, you enjoy it, you go on to iTunes and buy it)

  28. ThePrincess on December 23, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    She earlier mentioned ‘working on a book also’.wow i need this… apparently you always gave an advice always for the musicians beginner and not to the other but I did not blame you.. because this indeed your field and I think this advice not only for the person in music business right ? As a beginner Author this advice was important for me also thank you..

  29. tristyn on December 23, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    heyy mike three questions:
    1)what do you think was the cause of lp’s success and what do you think other up and coming bands can take from the story? 2)how do you come up with such great advice without feeling scared you’re telling people the wrong thing? 3) i was just wondering, cuz my buddy is trying to put together a demo, what’s important to consider when choosing tracks to put on one?
    anyways, it’s cool you’re doing what you do. regardless whose questions you decide to answer, it’s all good. =)
    respect, tris.

  30. pollawec on December 23, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    http://www.cdbaby.com the solution to the Major/Indie issue perhaps???

  31. NoMoreSorrowGirl on December 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Mmamamammike!Good advice!and what’s that in LP.com?RTR showing?do we need to buy the cd/dvd or kinda like were going to watch it there in LP.com…Take care you and your Family and LP:))…Merry Christmas:))Love you Guys:)

  32. IronSoldier on December 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    You given advices to others, but what about LP?
    Can’t you quit your label? I know there are contracts and ect. , but your label realy making everything even worse. For example, someday I got email with info about merch – baby wear with LP logo, this is hilarous. And more, this Warner and Youtube issue. There are a lot of examples. Ussualy, most harm get fans.
    Now I don’t even know, what is more. Your fans, or your haters. And this not just about the music.

  33. antje on December 23, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    It’s always nice to see you try to help….By the way the song “Dark Red and Loud” from A Brokeheart Pro is pretty cool… I like it…

    Mike, I wonder if you could go back to the day signing the Warner contract …with all your knowledge of the (Warner)business from today….would you do that again?

    I mean, guess for a young band it would be great to have a label like Warner (I don’t know a lot about the business) …but for a successful band like….hmmmmm, let me think….like LINKIN PARK…probably a pain in the ass? For example the youtube shit…wtf????

    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  34. JohnLP89 on December 23, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Haha, I sense some tension mike….

  35. cuz on December 23, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I love your responses to fans. Thank you so much for Lockjaw, it’s amazing! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Phoenix, Brad, Chester, Joe and Rob, all your family and friends πŸ™‚

  36. Hybr1d_7h3ory on December 23, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for the Lockjaw download Mike, its awesome!!! A great piece of work

  37. tpbarbosa on December 23, 2008 at 10:44 am

    That’s really cool Mike. But sometimes I get stuck in between, cause or you sign up with a major label and get famous and have your music easily spread around the world and somehow get “used” by your owners, or you start independent but with some problems to put your music on the radios, tv or everywhere else. But I have a doubt that’s killing me, please asnwer it : When you go independent, you are able to shoot your own musicvideos, to release and get your albums on the stores or even have a chence to join a big tour with big bands? I always wonder it.

  38. MartaH on December 23, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Mike always rulz! hi man, what’s up? I wanna tell you thx for everything you do for LP fans! the song you posted for us is great.. I can’t wait for the new album.. but when can we know its title?? I’m curious!! happy holidays and kisses! πŸ˜€

  39. MS_Ineedyou on December 23, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for sharing this Mike !!! πŸ™‚

    P.S- I can’t WAIT for RTR showing on LinkinPark.com !! πŸ™‚ Are you guys really gonna talk on it ? πŸ˜›

  40. miKer0cks on December 23, 2008 at 10:01 am

    o.O great post Mike πŸ™‚ Thx for sharing!!! Btw…I cant wait for R2R showing on LP.com :)….The song you posted for us on the LPU is really awesome!!! I loved it πŸ™‚

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