Responses to comments: JohnLP89, MetalValue

December 28, 2008

M: It sounds like you’re asking about is artistic sensibility, balancing issues like: what you think sounds good, what you think the fan wants to hear, what will sell. I tend to put them in that priority order. There will inevitably be issues that come up in the creative process where you have to choose between those problems (picking on over another, a versus situation), and there will be times when you can create something that allows you to address them all (I call see this solution as a better design–where you can “have your cake and eat it too,” as they say).

To get there, you probably need to have some understanding of the music and culture that came before you. Let’s talk about that.

I listen to a lot of music. As of this afternoon, I have 11,953 songs–that’s 30.8 days of music without repeating a track–in my iTunes. And there are probably a hundred albums I own that aren’t in my iTunes (CDs I haven’t imported yet, and music on vinyl). By enjoying and studying as many good songs as I can, I hope to learn from them and be inspired by them; I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, so I try to educate myself about what’s already been done.

Some artists, usually younger ones, like to say “I don’t listen to xxxxx because I want to make music that’s original.” You may have heard them say: “I don’t want to be influenced by it,” or “My music doesn’t sound anything like it.” They all want to “do something different.”

But if you do something “different” without a thorough understanding of what’s already out there, how do you know your thing is “different?”

If you’re a metal-head who refuses to listen to hip hop, how do you know the “new” thing you’re doing hasn’t already been done by an adventurous hip hop producer? The same goes for the hip-hop producer who only listens to rap. Expanding your knowledge of a subject will help you avoid doing what hasn’t been done, but also help you discover the best tools that you can use when crafting a good piece of art (song, painting, whatever).

I kinda rambled on this one, but I hope it was interesting🙂

mike

mike

67 Comments

  1. zahra on April 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    OMG

  2. nillp on January 6, 2009 at 6:08 am

    i do appreciate you commitment with your fans.. it’s as incredible as you..😉

    But if you do something “different” without a thorough understanding of what’s already out there, how do you know your thing is “different?”

    what a great point to think about..

    have a happy new year.. (:

    love ya’ take care;

    mk’nil :*

  3. asianotter on January 5, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Shinoda, Seriously . . . You R O C K ! ! ! ! ! Your throw down advice/comments come from such a genuine, thoughtful, and caring place! And truly what people and bands to succeed. Love you! : )

  4. linkinladie328 on January 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    hey mike! how about another LP unpdate?

    :]

    i’m just so excited about the next album.

    thanks!

  5. jenshinoda88 on January 2, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I agree with you. especially on the response that you gave to JohnLP89. E ‘need to know the real Videos to make the new …. We must learn to listen to different styles of music to understand what may be different. Not all new musicians, however, make this study of music do you like! Make good Mike! That’s why I respect you!😉

  6. Ezza on January 1, 2009 at 1:39 am

    a bit Confucius mike😄 how can u invent something new if u dont know what has already been invented? this is more of an artistic thing is there any particular way to actually write a song? im having trouble with the music part of it. it could just be me not liking anything that i make up on piano any advice on what i can do to get around it or do i just work through it?

  7. LykwidNyetro on December 31, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Mike….. I must know how you and the band do it!!!! (sorry to interupt the seriousness but i acctually have 2 questions…) I write songs for my band “Lykwid” and a few are decent but they are mostly giving the same message out.. For example, One’s about school, one’s about the people who are like puppets and so on. Where and how do you get the ideas and lyrics for your songs? I mean they are just seriously awesome. Okay, second Q. My band and I like different music. I like rock and hiphop/rap, the drummer loves industrial rock and screamo, the bassist loves soft rock and pop, and the other guitarist loves punk.. Could we mix up our stlye a bit or just keep it as one genre? Thanks,LykNy

  8. cynthia on December 31, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Hey Mike, I’m not sure if you’ve answered this question before or not, but I was just curious. Do bands make more money from selling physical copies of their albums, or more from selling their albums on online stores/programs like iTunes? I still buy the actual albums of bands I truly support, but I don’t know if it’s really benefiting them as much as I think they are.

  9. tpbarbosa on December 31, 2008 at 11:45 am

    You again didn’t answer my question😦 ok, I won’t lose my hopes. Mike, I always wanted to know how was LP beginning I mean there’re things that you don’t read in any site or maybe in any interview, were you all afraid with sign with a label? Did you already know anyone on music industry that could lead you or did you just begin from zero? just like me?. About musical influences, everyone is influencied by something, you’ll always be compared to some other famous band. Like LP on the beginning, I’m sure you have already seen lots of articles comparing LP to Limp Bizkit.. what did you think about it? It was easy to deal with these comparisons? If I had a band it’d have surely LP influencies.

  10. rockermeg on December 31, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Don’t worry you didn’t ramble too much ha!
    All these posts are incredibly interesting Mike, I do hope we aren’t boring you with the same topic!!
    Did you know Metallica’s next album is only going to be available online for free?? Slightly controversial after what happened between them and Napster a few years ago but I think it’s great. Not many bands who are as successful as Metallica can do that, it’s very brave.
    Will LP ever do that with an album?
    I guess bands’ sounds are influenced by their personalities and their take on the music industry…
    You have a very fair and perspective view Mike, that’s probably why LP rocks so much! (and all that talent…)
    xxx

  11. lxlatinangelxl on December 31, 2008 at 9:35 am

    the last paragraph was the best one🙂 ….and it reminded me of the time I heard an artist being asked ”what inspires your music?” he answered that he listened to different stuff,like,rock,hip-hop,etc.I think it’s kinda boring if an artist has different albums with the same sound,it gets boring after a while…..it’s always good to change your music a little,but still,keep the same old sound so when you hear the song,you know it’s that artist you listened to,but there’s something ”new and fresh” as Rob would say.

  12. sasummsumm on December 31, 2008 at 6:44 am

    i agree.for an artist someone said to me once it is important to see hear feel everything even it is so small you wouldn’t normally recgonize it. an artist has to suck up the little details

    if i want to paint something i go out watch people in the train or elsewhere.look out the window and see what interesting comes by.got to cinema,museums,listen to music.let the world insprie you.then i see an interesting move or mood and want to capture it. you never know where your inspiration takes you when you wake up thats the interesting with it

    an artist has another way of SEEING the world i think.

    1621 music titles here and several unsorted on my pc. right music for every situation ^^

  13. JadeGirl on December 31, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Mike, I have a question and you have to answer it. Ever since MTV broke into the “scene” it has been one of the leading factors for the success of any artist. But rarely do you see any indie artists’ videos (if they have any) on MTV. What do you make of this?

  14. jameshinoda on December 30, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Hi dear Mike, im from Perú
    this is a question for you,😦 but i know that you dont go to answer me😦
    but … what are the steps for create a song (music & letters)?????????????????
    thanks Michael Kenji Shinoda

  15. Metal_Value on December 30, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Cheers for the reply mike.

    Haha, yeah I actually answered my own question/thought a couple days back, see I purchased that book you recommended, All You Need To Know About The Music Business? Very interesting, helpful too you’re right, yeah I’m half-way through at the moment and I came across copyright laws and such, contracts and that and realized that everyone’d be stuck under a contract as you’ve confirmed here. The book’s also kinda givin’ me this handicap in college, as I’m doin’ a music tech course and we’re debating on this subject so =].

    Hope you had yourself a good xmas man. Peace & Happy New Year.

  16. Snails on December 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I agree you have to be open minded and listen to a bit of everything – especially when you’re in a band. I wonder what’s in your ’25 most played’ playlist on i-tunes?

  17. ravivandmikefan4life on December 30, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Actually i was wondering about something about music that is kinda weird.
    When you look on tv you see tv shows like American Idol, Americas Got Talent, So you think you can dance, etc, they but emphasis on the fact that talent is really important. If talent is that important, than why do you look at the pop charts and see bands like the Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana, who are making money only off of looks and little kids. They arent talented at all, and i don’t get it. It seems that nowadays to be on the Top 40 list you have to be either good-looking or dating a certain celebrity (With the exception of a few bands). Why?

  18. Doomguy13 on December 30, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I really have to thank you for these responses Mike. I am currently in a band that I am really into making songs, finished 2 EPs for and currently am making the first album for. I always wanted to get into a record company so then I can make it big… but lately I have realized that my creativity would be limited so much that I wouldn’t be making music for me… I would be making it as a job. It is work to get yourself out there with no help… but it is possible… well… not for me… I don’t really think my music is that good… but that is another story.

  19. NataliaForgotten on December 30, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Of course it’s interesting, I love your posts about music business. I’m really open-minded to music today, two years ago I was only listening to heavy rock, we grow up and our ideas change. I have 1049 musics, and will probably download more musics until my PC break and everything, heh. Also, really, I think you should check what is happening; lplive.net, the last post, it’s just ridiculous. Happy new year for you, your family, and the guys!🙂 (Ps.: not really important to you; today is birthday, hah!)

  20. Linkin_Giady on December 30, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Hey Mike!🙂 How are you? I hope it’s goin’ well!
    I would ask you a question…It’s true that Chester made his own motor research for the internet? Anyway I found this one:
    SearchWithChester.Com
    Do you know something about this? Or it’s just a fake as a lot?
    Thanks! Bye dear Mike!🙂

  21. linkinparc on December 30, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Well I’ve only have bout 8000 songs and it says like 19 days of music….and I cant even listen to em all….so do you even listen to some German techno like Scooter? (omg i dont like them)
    and Rammstein and

    Classic Music? like vivaldi…hes one of my favourites..actually all classical pieces wif strings…strings are jst beautiful and I reconized that on a lot of LP songs u hear em and especially On Breaking the habit when you play it live…

    Thank you very much for those awesome strings you play live on BTH…I love you for that =D

    happy new year!

    ana

  22. Nameless on December 30, 2008 at 9:05 am

    @LPDU78: Thank you for posting about our italian community. LPDU78 have posted all the info about that shame situation, but he forgot one thing: Warner have warned the owner of the site months before the “official” site lock. JomJom decided to close the download section BUT Warner have done its raid too.The download zone had not “official stuff” like Albums, LPU, Singles etc.. We are LPstreetteamers, we had a community for spread the LPway with news always up-to-date. Our fault is to be “hardcore lp fans” ? As i posted on LPLIVE forum, that’s a shame. JomJom is the guy that showed you the Xero Tape in Venice this year. Mike, Happy New Year and thank you in advance if you can do something.

  23. Charlotte_Jay on December 30, 2008 at 9:02 am

    You’re totally right Mike, when I first started writing songs, I wanted my songs to be different but after a while I found out that I can’t be different if I don’t listen to at least a new artist a week and after I started to listen to different songs from different genres (even genres like Metal that I’m not really into it) and now, I see the songs I write are way better than the songs I used to write before I listened to some new music.
    Thanks for the info and btw I love your posts about music industry and record companies🙂

  24. pepper on December 30, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Mike, you are so intellectual about your music and this business! I love reading these posts, this stuff is so helpful when trying to plan your future and knowing how to relate to the industry ans succeed in your art!
    You make excellent points, everyone goes out trying to make the fresh, original song not knowing they sound just like something already out there. 30 days worth of music is A LOT lol but its that kind of dedication that keeps your sound incredible and indisputably authentic.

  25. Wello on December 30, 2008 at 8:46 am

    That’s a lot of music. Did you pay for every song? I like Pandora’s website a bunch because you can type in something and they’ll play music similar to it for free. Pandora rocks my socks. It’s better than the radio that seriously has a playlist of like 20 songs that they play over and over in one endless loop. And better than buying songs/albums that you’re not sure you’ll like until you’ve heard the whole thing. I’m sure you’ve heard of Pandora, right?

  26. poki on December 30, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Happy New Year, Mike!

    Speaking about labels, I wonder if this case caught your eye:

    http://forums.linkinpark.com/showthread.php?p=478611

    sorry if it is too off topic..

  27. ShadowerLiltani on December 30, 2008 at 8:23 am

    I’ve always found the only way to be new without paying attention to another artist is to intentionally break the rules of what I am writing about. After all, great minds think alike (and sometimes differently too). For artistic sensibility, I always go with my gut instinct and worry about what a reader may want to read, or what will sell later. It’s okay to worry about commercial ability of any art form if you want to make a living. But there are others out there who just want to have fun and not take themselves too seriously. Sometimes, the gutsy route can be the most commercial of them all. A lot of people like mainstream, but keeping it real catches everyone’s attention.

  28. Kalini on December 30, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I see, the court battles don’t work. Be careful what you sign. Not just artists, also fans say: I don’t listen to xxxx, because I listen to metal/ rap. It’s good that you do research, you must know what your competitors do. Here in Europe each country has its own music style and the artists sing in their national languages. I love alternative music the most, but I have a huge collection of albums from pop to opera and can listen to the songs no matter if they are in German, Italian, Greek, Spanish and so on. I don’t listen to music styles, but to good artists. Mike, I like reading your opinion, so keep on posting stuff like this. Happy New Year to you and the rest of LP! Krassie

  29. Diana_LP_adicted on December 30, 2008 at 6:59 am

    MIKE I’M SO UNHAPPY😦 …. I LOVED THE LINKIN PARK CHAT .. AND NOW IT’S CLOSED… i know that some stupid jockers were there but please…open it again ^^…. maybe a chat only with LPN members or something !!!!!—KISS

  30. Lynnie on December 30, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Sometimes, you’re almost too mature and too smart – be a stupid person for a change. Lol.
    Just kidding.
    ~
    I have a question, not related to this, but not totally pointless:
    How, if at all, is the credit crunch/current economic downfall going to affect the music industry?
    I’m curious because, of course, the prices of many things are dropping and prices of other things are soaring and so many people are suffering – how will you (as a band) and us (as fans/supporters) be affected by this? It is something that is affecting so many people so it’s bound to be an issue, sooner or later. How do you think this will affect Linkin Park (and it will affect you)?

  31. Senia on December 30, 2008 at 5:27 am

    in my opinion, the problem with the labels is as following: not many record companies care about the quality of the music as long as it sells! i’m from romania, and believe me! in here, real artists are nobodies for almost 82% percent of people questioned and idiots with studio-mixed voices and bitches that can only show off their boobs and shake their asses technically rule the market! there are artists that are really more famous in other countries than in their home countriy and in my opinion, that’s scandalous! most people nowadays have absolutely no common sense, and are tricked far too easily by cardboard figures or painted-on pictures.

  32. sweet_girl on December 30, 2008 at 4:58 am

    HI!!

    I’m agree totally, and I think that no music can be totally different, cause even you don’t listen new artist you did before and that is in your mind, (even you can’t accept that) I always find something familiar in everynew band.even if they say they are uniques.

  33. lucky_cat on December 30, 2008 at 4:04 am

    Yes, interesting and this is the first time I would like to ramble as well but with only 700 characters this is no fun. So I thought about shortening for a while and I’m ending up very short with this good advice from the Dalai Lama: “Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.” And I would like to amend: Don’t get lost in this maze.
    Happy New Year🙂
    EDIT: @LPDU78: That sucks!

  34. lpdu78 on December 30, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Hi Mike HELP FOR LP Italy Webmaster

    Explication by Lplive

    Linkin-Park.It has been closed by Warner Brothers on October 28th. The label accused JomJom (l-p.it owner) for sharing copyrighted mp3s. He will be in a court of law someday soon and he risks to be jailed (2 yrs min). That’s a shame, since there was no copyright infraction (mp3s werent from any official release!) Plus since May 2008, there was no download area at all!! So it’s like there’s something more unclear behind this decision. All we can say is: JUSTICE FOR LINKIN-PARK.IT. in the meantime you can join the new forum @ http://www.jomjom.eu
    PEACE

    Link Youtube
    http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=pe_A4liqmBE

    Mike thank you

  35. missdunno on December 30, 2008 at 2:28 am

    It was interesting! And you seem to regret your contract with your label. It’s normal when you see what they’re doing, with youtube for example. Are you gonna be indie once your contract is over, what will you do? BTW, I’m very impressed by the 11953 songs on your itunes!! I’ve got only a little over 200 ( most of them are LP or related to it ).

  36. NeneLP88 on December 30, 2008 at 2:25 am

    That’s exactly what I thought a few days ago. I stumbled into a Special about Tokio Hotel Mtv is running these days (I was just sooo bored, lol). They were being interviewed and at the question: “who are the artists you’re influenced by?” (or similar), the singer went like: “we’re not influenced by anyone, we want to make music that sounds different and unique, that sounds only like Tokio Hotel”. And I thought: “dude, you’ve not been asked if you copied your stuff from someone!! And how can you be original if you don’t know what’s going on out there?” Everyone listens to different stuff, and obviously gets some influence from it.. be it like inspiration or just knowledge of the field.

  37. SimplyMode on December 30, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I think you made a good point about expanding your “musical knowledge” Many kids nowadays have a one track mind and listen to the same exact stuff. I remember watching lil’wayne being interviewed and he was saying he was heavily influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Pink Floyd & such. Even Lupe is like that I mean, he listens to you guys,rage…, not to forget Unkle. I guess what I’m trying to say is It’s usually the artists who’ve done they’re background work who go really far. For example a Jay-Z album is obviously going to be filled with more interesting subject matter,beats and lyrical content that a Jim Jones album simply because Jay listens to music not hip hop, but music.. (:

  38. Chemist999 on December 30, 2008 at 1:42 am

    When I remember Rob’s wish, that he wants just a record contract, it looks a little bit absurd. And sometimes I wonder if there’s even anything you can do on your own, or if it falls into reserved rights category.
    I’ve never been into this “let’s bash Warner” thing much. As long as you can record great music and maintain contact with your fans, without sacrificing much of your own life and your artistic freedom, I think most of us will be happy. But once they start interfering with that, we’ll surely bare our teeth (figuratively speaking).

  39. pat on December 30, 2008 at 1:17 am

    why did this … I love you but I am very disappointed … why you took the chat? I know that there were imposters going to do it for you but we discovered it was always fun … and so it was very cool but that chat because for many fans was the first time we are in contact with you (including me) please again get a chat … I love you all (although yesterday I said the opposite) … kisses:)

  40. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on December 30, 2008 at 1:17 am

    hey Mike… yep it was very interesting i read it three times to understabnd it very well😄 i love those words.. “But if you do something “different” without a thorough understanding of what’s already out there, how do you know your thing is “different?” really good, thats right🙂
    byee Gabry

  41. soyuneik on December 30, 2008 at 12:15 am

    There we go. That’s the kinda info about you I appreciate. Your a researcher. 6,542 since I got off work at 9. Whatever genre you wanna toss it in, I’m there. This is coming from the former 10 year old who bumped Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s “Summer Wine” lol..Lees dope, Ennio Morricone is a Genius and to this day I could care less if my friends give me that crazy look. Put me on to something Mike.😄

  42. Jaclyn on December 29, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you, Mike, the discussion is very interesting! I’ve went thru metal-head period lol, the older I get the more open-minded I am, now I don’t pay attetion on genre labels, it’s only about if I like a song or not. I didn’t like hip hop till I heard Eminem.
    Look what I found for your topic😀
    WHY GIVE THE RECORD AWAY FREE? (w/Chester Bennington of LP)

  43. Dori on December 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I don’t think you have to tailor/change your music to become noticed. I know one guy in the business who has become a superstar, and he is an artist on his own, I think it’s his own, label. Yeah, his music does have the poppy quality to it, but I know for a fact that big record deals were never his thing. He played, and probably still does, by his own rules. His wife even told me that he blew off a meeting with Virgin Records cause they were demanding him to work more than he wanted to. For the past several years, he’s been selling out shows in the US and Europe. Btw, I’m talking about Jack Johnson here, Mike: an artist who plays by his own rules and has become a major success.

  44. CraigT on December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    words of wisdom

  45. ThunderStrike on December 29, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    “Creativity is nothing but not disclosing the source of your ideas.” I read that somewhere….not the same words, but meant the same.
    Also, something ‘different’ might just end up being a sort of combining project of different artists that hasn’t been done before.

  46. JohnLP89 on December 29, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Mike, thank you.

  47. Andrey_Alex on December 29, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    hey mike, is there any song from Pink Floyd in your playlist?? It would be very nice some inspiration from them in the sound of new LP album!😄

    have a nice day!

  48. Meryl on December 29, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Mike you didn’t say a thing about the feud between Warner and Youtube. I bet you can’t talk about it, contracts right? Anyway, doesn’t this piss you off that you can’t choose if your own videos can’t be on the internet? And you haven’t the right to say anything about this? Or maybe you do… I don’t understand how you advocate beeing unsigned and how beeing signed is like beeing locked and in the same time Warner controls a bunch of stuff in Linkin Park. Or maybe they control less than we thought, it would be interesting to know where you word begins and theirs ends.
    Anyway, thank you if you read my comment, take care.

  49. macka_crow on December 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    yeah!
    is logical what you say but the majority of people believe that listening another type of music is “dishonouring his style.”
    …are not very extensive musically speaking…>_<…

  50. KATHYxx on December 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    “But if you do something “different” … how do you know your thing is “different?”

    I come from the belief system where nothing is truly original. it’s an illusion. There’s zillions of people who got blue eyes, that’s not unique, yet their faces as a whole are unique. It’s not the elements that are original, its their relation. I really think those bands who won’t listen to anything are shooting themselves and making themselves look LESS original then they planned, because everyone’s influenced by what they like. and if what you like is in a small pool, your sound isn’t going to be innovative. I hope I’m on the right track, anyway. Expanding taste as far as it can go is my philosophy.

  51. epicsend on December 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I agree with you about listening to various artists and not just one type of music my band is not trying to sound a certain way our our core sound is alot like some of the tracks off Meteora or Hybrid Theory with Rapping in the verses and singing in the chorus the difference is we mostly have instrumental bridges and outros but we also have slower songs we have one song that is hip hop and some of our other pieces I cant even really fit into a genre I like what you said listening to many types of music is great for the whole creative process

  52. A_Warm_Place on December 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Hey Mike , I’m just curious as to your opinion on major record label acts selling albums exclusively through best buy/Wal-mart , as opposed to selling through conventional record stores?

  53. analoggirl on December 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. The concept of artistic sensibility has always interested me. As a career artist, you want to create music that appeals to your own aesthetic, but you also want to share your music with others. If your art is too esoteric, will it derive the same sense of satisfaction? Would you consider it to be a success? (Commercial success notwithstanding.)

    You also raised the issue of “doing something different.” Is there a balance between making your mark and wanting to belong to a community? As a music fan, (with almost 12,000 songs in your iTunes library), are you ever inspired to pay homage to the artists who have inspired you?

  54. splitmyDNA on December 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Hey Mike.

    Following along a similar track here, but also veering off. Bear with me! You guys began through the fans, you toured and you were on the internet promoting a lot. Many of your fans have been down with you since the beginning thanks to your hard work at the very start – pre-label. Now that you are a signed band do you feel more restricted as a band to promote/share/distribute yourselves through the media and the internet? Does that world feel somewhat lost now? Referring also to a recent story I heard on lplive.net, the owner of a very popular fansite has had their site shutdown and legal threats (including a possible jail sentence) thrown at him. How do you feel about this? RY

  55. cuz on December 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Mike, your “rambling” was more than accurate🙂 I totally agree with you about listening to various kind of music. I often hear people saying they won’t be listening to some new artist because they don’t like the genre he/she performs. How do they know they don’t like it without even trying to listen? Even if they know and really don’t like it, there’s a chance that some new artist will be good for them. Different people plays the same kind of music in different ways and you never know what you’re gonna find out at the corner. It can be artist refreshing the genre or the one playing very traditionally but fascinating you by anything else. You never know what you’re gonna like so be opened🙂

  56. alyeska39 on December 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Oh, you know we love it when you ramble. I love this whole discussion you’ve got started on here, the rambling is part of it.

  57. ninguem on December 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    mike how much is your hd?
    11.000 is a lot of songs, and which songs you have in your ipod? i have more than 400

  58. Philliphera on December 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I am glad that someone finally put my thoughts into words. I really have respect for your words and of course for you.
    Kimi

  59. ManBearPig on December 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    There is nothing wrong with a bit of a ramble, especially when in makes a very important point. I have a lot of friends who downright refuse to listen to “mainstream” music, because once something is popular it obviously is crap (their words, not mine). One good friend of mine loved M.I.A., but now she’s too mainstream and has not listened to her music in months. I don’t understand a mindset like that. Does anyone? Why does popularity, to some, equal failure?

  60. NoMoreSorrowGirl on December 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Don’t worry it’s interesting!…11,953 songs!Damn!that’s too many!…Your so talented that your music doesn’t sound like what you hear. And, If you’re a metal-head who refuses to listen to hip hop, actually not hip-hop i won’t listen to it’s lovesongs…Hahaha!…they make me sick…But i tried my best to listen to it sometimes and listen to some reggae sometimes…Hahaha!Take Care:)…Love Yah:)…Happy New Year to you, your family, LP, and all here in mikeshinoda.com…peace:)

  61. durg on December 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    hmmm..
    your rambling makes sense though.

    oh & mike, youve seen lolcats right?😄
    well i saw this picture & thought it needed a caption..

    hahaha😀

  62. nikkiann0100 on December 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Even if you ramble, its still interesting. I think its good to open your mind to a variety of different types of genres. I used to only listen to one type of music and then I had to take this music appreciation class in college. Even though I hated being forced to listen to classical and other types of stuff that I didnt like, but it really gave me a better perception on what “good” music is. I think every band has some aspect of something from another type of music whether they realize it or not.

  63. Elliot_aka_MC_Eli on December 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Quick question. Say that you guys, Linkin Park, send your new album to WB for them to listen too. Now say you can only have 10 tracks on the album. And they aren’t sure on one song in particular. and they listen to your other stuff (demos etc) and they feel a different song would have more single success. Now the song they want to remove is a song you all loved making, loved jamming too, and personally feel the fans would like it… but WB doesn’t think so… what do you do?

  64. lpsweet24 on December 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    its very interesting🙂. i imagine its pretty hard trying to create new songs without having it sounding similar or alike to someone elses work. thats got to be frustrating for some people trying to make new and different music. But yeah your right you have go and see whats already out there. the other day i was listening to the radio and they was saying one of the songs from coldplay’s recent album viva la vida sounds identical to another song. it did kinda sound similar. But coldplay disproved it. so yeah i guess you really have to educate yourself. dang thats alot of songs haha. thanks for the great info!🙂
    have a happy new year!

  65. Madlen on December 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Umm I just got 17 btw:DAnyways about the people that “trap” themselves in one type of music…that kind of people don’t really like me:DI personally like tons of stuff but some people don’t seem to get what variety means…:DThey just know me as the person who likes rock and metal and stuff like that…blah who cares:DThis whole major label thing-in my opinion it’s changing a lot of the people who get in it…thankfully not you guys:D

  66. ixabel_LP on December 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    “But if you do something “different” without a thorough understanding of what’s already out there, how do you know your thing is “different?””

    you are sooooo right!!! I never thought about this in this way

    REALLY GOOD MIKE!!! thanks^^

    PS: don’t worry is a very interesting post =)

  67. JanekZech on December 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Yeah, first comment! And Mike, it was interesting, don’t worry.🙂
    But I have a problem: Me and two friends, we were something like a “band” (guitar, drums, and me – vocals) but we didn’t have enough disciplin to record a song. At the moment I’m doing something like a side project solo, the music style is hip-hop. But I also feel that I want to do something with the band again. Do you know what to do?
    Please excuse my bad English, I’m from Germany. Thanks!

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