Fan Responses: Hard Times vs. Music Sales, Quality

February 19, 2009

Posted by Lynnie: How 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 while prices of other things are soaring, and everyone is suffering. How will you, as a band, and us, as fans, be affected by this? It is something that is affecting so many people so it’s bound to be an issue, sooner or later. Some bands are already producing lower quality work to compensate. How do you think this will affect Linkin Park and the quality of future productions?

M: Although I don’t have a crystal ball, I think it’s safe to say that the current economic situation will not affect the quality of Linkin Park music in the near future. Although we enjoy going to a recording studio to make use of a more centralized, professional environment to make our albums, I believe we are 100% capable and equipped to make “Linkin Park quality” studio albums at home. We choose to record at a studio because it gives us a focused, scheduled environment to “get serious” in. After all, if we were all making an album at my house every day, we might end up hanging out more than recording🙂 We would still get the job done, but it would take (even) longer to finish! The bottom line is that our album content and quality are of paramount importance to us, and I can’t see us sacrificing them for anything.

As for the sales of albums or concert tickets, that’s a different story. I have to go back to what I’ve said before, that every dollar you spend on a band (whether it be on their music, concert tickets, or merchandise) is a statement; it says that you want the artist to continue to do what they do. In buying something, you are essentially helping fund the artist’s future endeavors. Do you love Marlboro more than your favorite band? Do you love Louis Vuitton or Starbucks more? Some may, but I’ll say this: if you steal music from a band that you love, but you spend money on something from a company that you don’t care a lot about, I would very politely suggest that you might have some re-prioritizing to do.

mike

mike

72 Comments

  1. aravind221 on March 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    hey mike ,

    will Linkin park tour India in 2009 or you have plans touring in the near future i hope there is answer which many die – hard fans are waiting to know for years , at least thru this i hope we get a answer . The views of me and die hard fans are posted here , hope u consider us too in your concert Tour dates and include INDIA even in Asian tour list , and the vies of us are expressed below in the posts. I hope we get a answer for it thru u mike plz do reply because there are millions waiting for your answer🙂

    http://forums.linkinpark.com/showthread.php?t=3240

  2. Hardik on March 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    If we focus especially on quality of music than it depends on particular artist’s mindset, either he/she wants to remain as an indie band or he/she wants to be signed by ‘a good’ recording label. Apart from artistic talent, new upcoming beginner musicians also require musical equipments etc. They should also require producer, sound engineers, production coordinators and a dedicated team for mixing & mastering to make their own masterpieces. The ‘ProjeKt RevoLutioN’ can give the all answers to the quest that LP & other notable bands & all of their fans & supporters have started.

  3. Casey99 on February 26, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Pls Mike come to the New Orleans area. The economy is bad here, and we do struggle sometimes but if you could do like a MUSIC FOR RELIEF show of some kind around here that would be amazing! You guys never come around this area anymore and ALOT of people would love to see you. Pls resond to this PLS! I only put 1 other comment up regarding this so im not spamming. Just wanted you to know that your VERY wanted here in southern New Orleans/Mobile/Biloxi area. Thanks🙂

  4. tacos_on_tuesday on February 23, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Although the economy has somewhat cramped my ability to go to more shows I have joined a lot of sites that have given me offers to see some shows at a discounted price. The HOB even had a deal to see a band I like on a 2 for1 offer that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise at full price. My only big gripe is ticket fees & surcharges & the monopoly that exist. I understand that a service is being provided but sometimes the charges equal to 1/2 the show price.

    Why don’t more bands sell tickets direct to their fans? Since a majority of tickets are sold online, why don’t bands cut out the middle man? Also hold some tickets the day of the show at the box office to avoid scalping.

  5. Svetik on February 23, 2009 at 6:03 am

    mr.Shinoda,in official website of Stephenie Meyer (Twilight,New Moon,.. writer) it is written that in plans in new movie “New Moon” and in “Midnight Sun” playlist will be your,LP, song Papercut and in “Midnight Sun”- Hit the Floor and Pts.OF.Athrty.(But it’s just in plans,in Stephenie’s mind) .Is it true??will Linkin Park work with this series again??

    Thanks if You answer)))

    Love you

  6. Madlen on February 22, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Well i do buy all your CDs and DVDs because i do respect what you’re doing…That is what this is about:DI mean if you respect a band for the music they make and for who they are you’re supposed to show that by buying their stuff.

  7. LPonline on February 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Hi Mike,
    the second part of this post really disappointed me. ” As for the sales of albums or concert tickets, that’s a different story. I have to go back to what I’ve said before, that every dollar you spend on a band (whether it be on their music, concert tickets, or merchandise) is a statement; it says that you want the artist to continue to do what they do.” – the worst thing about this part, that you said that every dollar, not every album, not every concert ticket, but every dollar…
    Do you really care about the money so much? At the begining of Linkin Park you’ve said that it is all about hybrid, now what it is about?

  8. ShadowerLiltani on February 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Yeah, I think people who dance and rap with cheeseburgers as much as you six, need a scheduled, serious environment. I like how, with as shit-fucked as the economy is (especially where I live, fucking Connecticut, where a soda bottle from a vender costs a $1.35) you can still make spending money a positive experience. I can relate to that feeling of not wanting to put anything else first when it comes to Linkin Park’s work. This’ll sound awkward, but I’ve always appreciated the artists in general who appreciate their art. Part of why I first started going to school for art, just to be around people who get it as much I do.

  9. sasummsumm on February 22, 2009 at 6:07 am

    true words ^^

  10. JackShinoda on February 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Mike, I wonder if the falsification of albums, dvd’s and all other products of the band, much affect you? here in Brazil it happens a lot.

  11. nillp on February 21, 2009 at 11:49 am

    “i can’t see us sacrificing them for anything.” – really great to know this! (:

    anyway. i guess that the true fans won’t let the economic downfall interfere with spending on favorite band.. as you said it says that you want the artist to continue to do what they do..

    talking for myself, this will never interfere with my spending with LP.. really!

    ps; i’m finally up to date with your blog.. thanks to the holiday of carnival! lol

    anyway. take care, see ya.

    mk’nil ♥

  12. Hawaii_LP_fan on February 21, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I will always support Linkin Park. I am still waiting anxiously to attend one of your concerts! Hopefully right after the new album comes out? Great advice as always Mike. The analogies “in the end” were truthful & honest. Long live Linkin Park! :o)

  13. kornkob on February 21, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Very wise words, man, gonna make a lot of people think about that.

    By the way, sorry, that this is off topic but I thought you might be interested in this incredible art project – http://vimeo.com/2074812
    – over 6000 paintings were created for a five minute film. I saw it and it seemed like something you might enjoy.🙂

  14. ASSUMTIO_MANO on February 21, 2009 at 6:21 am

    With all of these things, what do you want? by the way?

  15. faiintx on February 21, 2009 at 4:58 am

    you’re right, mike…buying music is the right thing to do.
    i’ve never downloaded music illegally in my 13 years of existence because one of my careers in mind is an FBI agent, and i have to keep my record clean. so i can’t get caught with trouble in anything,🙂

    also, mike. this is totally random, but exactly 6 months ago you were in Dallas, TX (Where i live!!:D ) for your projekt rev tour, and im celebrating today as the half anniversary. it was the best day of my life! and i LOVE you! and the rest of LP!! <3pallavi

  16. Eamer on February 21, 2009 at 3:06 am

    I have bought all your CDs the moment they have came out all Hybrid Theory, Metora, M2M, Collision Course, Road To Revolution, Live In Texas and Reanimation. But i must admit to downloading some of your live shows that appear on the internet as i do love live music and you guys are awesome live. Considering that i bought Hybrid Theory when it was first released and it is old now the CD jumps so is it the right thing to do to go out and buy it again or is it ok that way to download it as i have once bought the CD.

  17. Maaark on February 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    You’re right Mike… I mean, it’s easier to download music, but it’s not the correct thing to do. I gotta be honest with you, I DO download music, but if I like the songs I downloaded, I buy the CD to support the artist. If I don’t like the songs, I just delete them and pretend I’ve never listened to them.
    Oh yea, I have a question and I’m wondering if you could answer it in your next post. Only if it’s possible, please🙂 People are saying that you’re coming to Brazil on June 6th to play in a big event called World Peace One. Is it true? I didn’t see anything on LP’s official website but EVERYONE is talking about it so I’m confused here. HA!

    Take care man!

  18. pepper on February 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I completely agree! Glad to hear LP isn’t compromised for anything.😀

  19. PoLi on February 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    very smart words Mike🙂 I absolutely and totaly agree with you about spending money on your favourite band… thank you for that words, they keep me on my right way🙂
    regards to you and rest of band

  20. Curiosa on February 20, 2009 at 11:27 am

    That was a great question from Lynnie. Last night I heard that Cold Play will be giving free live concert CDs to the people who attend their shows as a way of giving back to fans. I think they have the right idea to encourage people to attend especially during these economic times. Do you guys plan on doing something similar to that? I know you guys normally give away CDs but it’s mostly to those in the pit & I believe Cold PLay is planning on giving them to everyone who attends.

    CONTINUED REPLY

    http://forums.fortminor.com/showthread.php?p=1017677#post1017677

    @Kalini: I replied to you too cause you’re right, he didn’t answer all of the questions. Just the more convenient 1. 🙂

  21. tinkerbella26 on February 20, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Applauds That last paragrah is beautiful!! Preach on Brother Shinoda!!!

  22. Shinodabestfriend on February 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

    it’s natural… you’re the most beautiful band…🙂 and I will support you as long as I can… (I love it when you post smilies, Mike.. hahahaha! it makes me chuckle for hours… thinking on your pretty little face smiling.. hahahaha!)

  23. colinreid on February 20, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Hey Mike! What up? I know It’s abit early but I have an idea for LPU 9 record I would be happy for what you think of this idea..?

    Wake 2.0 (Studio Version)
    Given Up (w/ Live Outro) (Studio Version)
    Lying From You (w/ Live Intro) (Studio Version)
    Points of Authority (w/ Live Intro & Outro) (Studio Version)
    Faint (w/ Live Outro) (Studio Version)
    One Step Closer (w/ Live Intro & Outro) (Studio Version)

    Could this work ( = ? Would be awesome!

  24. zahra on February 20, 2009 at 9:38 am

    omg i saw Lynnie’s comment on the last blog and i was thinking about u never answering her !!…but U DID!!!!OMG!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!………. well i Loved the answer!!!..i don’t think linkin park can break that easily linkin park has a stronger more important reason to go on as the best band in the woRld and ….yes i support u guys with all i have!!!!……..LOVE U!!!!!,,,,,……..TC………………………………………………………………………………………BYE

  25. hachy13 on February 20, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I like to buy the music in the legal way. If I can’t afford I wait .. I am anti-pirate .. I really like to support the group buying there’s stuff.. I know that economic is hard this days, but I prefer to buy the legal way. Thank Mike your awesome.

  26. Kalini on February 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Strange, fans’ comments are about the re-prioritizing. Mike, people want to buy CDs, houses, they want to save their homes, but they can’t pay the installments to the banks. It’s about economic crisis: closed real estate companies; Nissan will fire 20 000 people; the banks fired at least 10% of their employees. These’re 3 of the industries. The question is: How is the economic downfall going to affect the music industry? Did you answer it? You’re a part of this industry for so long. Don’t you see what goes on there? Lynnie: After an economic crisis only the best stay strong on the market. Many won’t survive. Mike, I tried to stay respectfull, although I’m too surprised by your response. KK

  27. Lidiam01 on February 20, 2009 at 8:36 am

    i support you guys! =D

  28. bojkic on February 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Music is something people deeply relate to. I spend hours a day listening to music and it gives me so much inspiration and strength every day that I’d feel ashamed and guilty if didn’t get it legally. Even when there was a period when it was impossible to get original CDs in Serbia I would manage to get them. When it comes to my fav band, one going under LP acronym😀, I would spend my last dime on their concerts even hundreds of miles far!

    Let’s discuss the near future. What do you think of subscriptions to unlimited download? I have it and I can download what ever I want for a monthy fee of 10 bucks. I like it but I don’t think it’s fair because it puts all artists into same position.

  29. tpbarbosa on February 20, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I really can’t make any relation between the hard time in EUA and the quality of a band’s music.Of course you all have equipated studios and stuff like it,and I’m glad to know the new album may be out soon.But don’t you really think ppl will prefer to get your music in an ilegal way than go to a store to buy it?Don’t u think the sales of LP’s new album will drop?And about the last thing you said,I do prefer buy stuff of my favorite band, but what if I’d have to choose between food and it?(I know just a too dramatic comparison) but there’s some ppl reality lots of employers are losing their jobs,so they won’t have the privilege to give their sons lots of merchandise.What do u think about it?

  30. I_B_Long on February 20, 2009 at 8:18 am

    as always, i love your post and agree with you 100%,i would rather spend my money on music than most other things (and i do…alot…my husband wishes i didnt XD) but yesterday, as i was shopping for a CD on amazon, i was wondering, if i buy a USED CD, im not exactly showing alot of support to the artist, since, to them, the CD is already sold. if its something like buying my 4th copy of hybrid theory because i keep letting people borrow it and bnever get it back, i dont feel so guilty, but when its a new(er) band, i do kinda feel bad, however, i also dont wanna spend $20 on a CD when i can get it used for $8. any thoughts on that?

  31. MJ on February 20, 2009 at 6:45 am

    U know what, I’ve try best to buy ur music from the States where Im not there. Though most of the time I dont get it, but I ready do show my indeed support. If theres a chance Id reallt like to buy ur music there! Come concert in China!

  32. natalia_spain on February 20, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I was angry with ishment mike! (I do not listen, I get bored) and there are many fans but you could look at the pictures! could be a new art talent! (I do not think) or the song to go if you have not looked, but it’s good! buaaaaaaa (happy carnival)


    this picture is a bit ugly (I think) but what I have done better

    and this
    http://img19.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1020836cs6.jpg (is you)🙂
    byee

  33. dianlucas on February 20, 2009 at 5:52 am

    You are every day more sweet, Mike.

  34. msgirl on February 20, 2009 at 5:13 am

    my opinion:you already have certain prestige over people.in other words,you are famous band and u have certain status.In this,ÁTLEAST you mustn´t produce lower quality work to not to lose your reputation eventhough you are affected by the economic downfall.Furthermore,Since you have tremendous numbers of fanatic fans,and they are ready to reduce the amount of food they eat,the useless things that they get to buy your cds,to go to your concerts(since you don´t have to cost a leg and hand for these things).SO i am sure your quality of music is not affected by this economic crises.BUT those who are not famous,who haven´t achieved this point yet ARE AFFECTED BY THE ECONOMIC DOWNFALL GREATLY

  35. rockermeg on February 20, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Interesting thing to think about…
    I saw an article about this somewhere but I can’t remember where:-/
    It basically said that things will get tougher for unsigned or smaller bands which will affect the fans. But eventually, because these things have to get worse before they get better, it will start to get even harder for bigger bands which will effect even more fans.
    Still, what you said is true; artists that can manage to create albums at home will and fans that are true fans will spend as much as they need to.
    “Very politely” huh? I have a massive go at people xD That’s a great point I’ll use it on my brothers!!
    xxx

  36. Shadow on February 20, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I agree with kavemun: I also don’t like different editions of the same album. I just ask myself if that isn’t more the decision of the labels then the artist…There’s a band I used to listen to a while ago and there’s one of their albums – I have 4 or 5 (!) different editions of that one CD. It was like the farther away one moved from the US over Europe to Japan the more songs where on the CD.🙂 So I do think twice before I get another edition, especially if its a new artist/band, then I wait a while before I get an album coz sometimes the first single, maybe also the second, is great but the album sucks! Not in case of LP of course😉 That’s what I call high quality always!

  37. lucky_cat on February 20, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I agree with WIZ. I never downloaded music illegal. As long as my favorite artists are signed to a major I have no choice and bite the bullet. But I would feel myself more comfortable if I could support the artist directly.

  38. Leconte on February 20, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Due to this harsh economic downturn, it will be very tough time for all of us in the world in 2009. But we can say it might be a good opportunity to reflect on what we are doing now to improve our working proficiency. Mike, I’m really impressed by your rhyme, and encouraged by your professional attitude towards music. Please keep your vivid creativity that you mentioned as “LPquality”! I’m looking forward to listen to your next album!!!

  39. KOBSHI on February 20, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Actually, I had same concern for sales volume just a few days ago, but I forgot it very soon as I believe there’re only slight influence on salas volume even though it’s unavoidable. Like you said, people who buy band’s stuff are supposed are the advocates of the band.Like me, I bought you guys everything as I love you guys everything, so simple reason. By the way, I never worry about production quality for you guys. In fact, I trust the music of Linkin Park is based on the heart but not the money, and I don’t think awesome music can be produced without heart, in other words, even though Warner cut down production capital or promotion activities, it will not affect the quality of LP music.

  40. Wiz on February 20, 2009 at 3:58 am

    “every dollar you spend on a band is a statement; it says that you want the artist to continue to do what they do” But maybe by doing that we support more the major than the artist… I’m not really for the illegal download, but I understand why it is used: CD’s are expansive, and money is not for the artist…I don’t know how many you earn for each CD sold (probably less than 50 cents), but I know that I paid 25€ to buy “Minutes To Midnight”; I buy music, but I can’t buy all the CD’s I would like to have, and going to the cinema, and buying books…We’re suppose to make choices, but I think culture should’t be so expansive, and shouldn’t be in the hand of people who only want make profit.

  41. vivian on February 20, 2009 at 12:47 am

    If you really love a band or artist, you’ll buy their album or concert ticket by your freewill. even though is expensive, you may think “‘it was worth it”. like u are doing something u love to do, no matter how difficulty, time-consuming or tired the work is, you have no compliaint. sometimes when I walked in a cd store, I found a album that I want and it’s damn expensive, I was thought: if I dont buy this today, I’ll spend those money on those useless things, so ….make up ur mind!
    I like the last sentence of Mike’s response, it’s totally rightly. 🙂
    ok….enjoy ur day everyone🙂
    -vivian

  42. Mikado on February 19, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Yeah Mike, you be right!! ! Lovely greetings & have a nice day
    – Mikado

  43. ThunderStrike on February 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    LP is a band I truly love and even though my parents think buying music isn’t worth the money if you can download it for free, I always try to buy LP stuff and other music which I like and can find here.

  44. Saphira on February 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    sigh even though I agree that every dollar you spend on your fav band (ahem, LP!) says how much u support them, there could an exception. Some people may have just enough to rent an apartment and get enough food, so they have no choice but to get the music illegally. Concerts are out of reach for me, even though I wishh soo damn badd I could go😥 . I did manage to get a kool LP bag, though….better than nothing🙂 And of course you guys will always make an awesome album, no doubt at all. I know you guys work so damn hard every day to make aweesomee music. Screw the economy, we’ll survive, just work hard people😀

  45. akitagirl on February 19, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I agree – the cost of concerts and dvd cds are very much a luxury to many ppl in this economy. So for myself I really put a value on the ones I choose to attend/buy. Will I be sorry I spent money on 2 tickets instead of going to a movie or on a shirt I had my eye on. Ask yourself would I pay this bands salery – because that what u r doing. My answer every time with LP is yes. I cannot say that about many bands or companies. Especially in these tough times – take an extra moment to think about weather the one benefiting from your dollars is worth it.

  46. kavemun on February 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    yo mike,
    Totally agreed to what you said about every dollar we spent, it shows our support to the band. I owned 2 versions of the album Minutes to Midnight myself. The first one is the enhanced edition with the bonus MVI DVD. The second is a “Special Edition” which came out later with extra tracks. What I don’t agree to is the band coming out with extra tracks in different editions of the album, i mean as fans, it would mean we would have to get all the different editions to enjoy all the songs by the band, we kinda felt like we have been screwed over. We love all your songs, so please take that into consideration when you decide on releasing different editions of the same album. Thx man!

  47. tristyn on February 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    hey mike i have a question.
    how did you get so pro?😉
    just sayin, cuz im sure this is an faq for you hahaha

  48. K3vV on February 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    man does it feel good not to have to do re-prioritizing because every single lp cd i have (HT-MTM, DVDs, and a couple LPU cds), i bought with my own money!!!…except for demos from before you guys were famous….and hybrid theory ep….theres just some things you cant get legally….lol

  49. danio on February 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Mike Shinoda I am your fan and I live here in Brazil and have a
    blog Linkin Park (www.linkinparkten.blogspot.com). in
    2007 in the launch of the clip and you What I’ve Done
    MR.Hahn gave an interview to the fantastic (the
    network Globo)
    and you had promised that Linkin Park came to the
    Brazil is forecast to have you here in Brazil Presentation?

    forgot to mention that my name is Danio Andrey

  50. Wello on February 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Mike, I’d like your opinion on something. Do you think it’s right or wrong to download a song from a band that you don’t have access to buy? Like a band from another country whose music isn’t on itunes or any other online store and they don’t ship to the U.S. Would you go ahead and download the song in hopes that if the music ever does come out in the U.S. you’d go and buy it? Or would you not download and wait with the hopes that it might come out in your country (but with the chance that it never would)?

  51. outlawserenade on February 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Yes, I do too love my Marlboro more. =) And I also am aware on how royalties work. If, with the (hypothetical) 0.000001% of royalty, an artist can still buy a shirt that cost as much as my monthly electricity bill, I’d say my priorities are correctly arranged.

    Your argument is still one-sided. See, when they BELIEVE in the product, they’ll buy it anyway. But if they feel cheated, they’ll not buy – no matter how much their “beloved” artist begs them to.

    to KathyXX: care to open this discussion in the yonder boards?😉

  52. KATHYxx on February 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Mike, I have a question.
    I know some people who intend to boycott the RIAA and their affiliates (Warner Bros and others). This sounded impossible to me at first but their idea is to support their bands where the record companies don’t profit, specifically attending concerts and purchasing merchandise, and then avoiding where labels do profit. The idea is to hurt those who lobby copyright for their own gains/ punishing fans, not the art

    My question asks is that feasible? Can someone support a band and avoid their record label at the same time? Continued: here

  53. Taniatny on February 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    There is no doubt that LP will never put out crap, anyone who has followed the band knows that. There is AWESOME LP stuff that just isn’t made available in places like itunes or Napster. I have legally purchased all LP albums, including Reanimation and the live albums as well as Rising Tied, BUT I see all this other great stuff out there…and I want it too! Don’t know how to get it, but would be tempted if I knew how. My questions to you would be, how do you feel when it comes to material that isn’t otherwise available? Looking forward to the new album. All the best. Thanks!

  54. durg on February 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    the last few sentences are great, agreed 1000%😀

  55. leticia on February 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Mike, I think about it is that it is difficult for ordinary fans”support”when buying CDs and going to concerts of artists, the values are really absurd. I do not know how to spend to make a cd, or when you spend to do a show, just know that people with normal salary is impossible to buy every cd or books you would like to have, because not only like an artist. Sometimes get for free (the Internet) is the only way to know what your favorite artist is creating.

    Hug – Letícia – Brazil

  56. Lynnie on February 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Hey, Mike.
    ~
    1. Thanks for replying to me, again, and for answering my question.
    2. I’ve replied, here – not that you’ll read it… but would be nice if you did.
    3. I’ve also made a comment about the comment section of this site.
    4. You have no idea the size of my smile, right now… seriously, I’m so pleased!
    5. I’m also very tired, so nah-night.
    ~
    Have a nice day, Mr Good-Music-Maker-Man!
    =)
    Lynnie
    xx
    ~
    P.S.: NoMoreSorrowGirl – I’ve commented to you, there, too.

  57. Stepha on February 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Mike, I will sign you over to full direct access to my banking account as long as you promise to keep doing what you do!🙂
    No, but seriously, I clearly want more albums and concerts, and I will continue to be a walking lp billboard in hopes that the band i love will continue to deliver the songs and live shows that make my life just a little bit easier to tolerate. I could use another closet for all the lp/fort minor/mfr merch that I’ve acquired over the years. On that note, can you tell us anything about US touring this summer? I’m ready to make my statement and buy up a few dates. I hope that being in the studio isn’t going to keep you off the road. I’m going through pit withdraws.

  58. NoMoreSorrowGirl on February 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    When I steal music from my fave band I always think that these guys are got dozens of expensive socks more than I do and he don’t need my .99cent…Linkin Park is a band that eventhough you’ll going to steal their music they will remain standing above the economic crisis. Of course Mike Linkin Park will not be affected by the current economic crisis because look at those stuffs CD’s ,shirts,etc. they’re so expensive even the concert tickets.

  59. cuz on February 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I need this demarcation for some serious things and fun too. That’s why I’d never decide for e-learning for example, I just know I’d end up reading your blog🙂 Also, I believe in you guys and know that you’d record great album at home as well. I feel you know more ways to make it good.

    I absolutely agree with you. I don’t understand why people rather spend thier money on something not important than something that really matters. The favourite band is one and unique. I wonder why people rather stop going to shows, galleries, cinema etc. than stop smoking ciggarettes (which end up costing a ton) when they have less money. LP will always be no.1 on my list! Enjoy making the new record.

  60. analoggirl on February 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Our society has taught us that we are what we consume; we are the brands that we buy. Even non-profit organizations have capitalized on this fact, promoting a trend of corporate social responsibility. Asking consumers to legally purchase music instead of that LV bag, (whether it’s real or a Canal street knockoff), will be a hard sell – but if anyone’s up to the challenge, it’s you.
    Curiosa mentioned that Coldplay gives away free concert CDs to reward loyalty. I’d like to thank you for the $5 rebate on PR tickets. It was a small thing, but one that I won’t soon forget. Consumer relationship marketing will see the music industry through tough times. You have my support.😀

  61. addict on February 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    well, if your only shows in 2009 are the two at sonisphere festival I won’t spend my money on tickets, finland and uk are just too far away ;p …but I do think of going to rock am ring, they’ve got an (almost) perfect lineup this year (LimpBizkit, Placebo, Slipknot, Korn, Billy Talent…the only two bands that could make this the perfect year would be rise against and lp)

  62. Merecy on February 19, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I agree with you and i think we have to do some sacrifices for what we realy love .actually i don’t have a lot of money for now but when i have i generaly spend it in something related to my favorite band🙂 . I mean … this is a drug, i’m more addicted to Linkin Park than i am to anything else .And i think people can’t pretend love a band if they steal their music We all must respect the work of the band(s) we like and consequently buy what they do .(But i apologize i never came to concert :s but i want to !!i want it so much !)
    Ps : It is really nice to be in liaison with the fans as you do with your blog by putting at it every day something new . Thank y
    much respect.Michael /Merecy

  63. Raspberry on February 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    LP is the ONLY band i spend money on and i always tell people it’s because i think they deserve my hard earned pounds🙂

  64. todraw on February 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I never got the chance to come to one of ur concerts … cause when u were in switzerland i didnt have enough money xD but yea if u come next year somewhere here, i think i’ll be there xD. I am goin to work the whole summer holiday so the money will be there xD. I think the same as u if u like band or whatever and go steal the songs or whatever isn’t really supporting them… btw i know what u mean with workin in ur house.. workin at friends house for school ends up the same by me xD we work half hour and then we’re on pc watchin stuff on utube or doin somethinelse xD and then do the work separately at home, an yea we always got our work done…
    Sry for my english.

    an wish u a good day^^

  65. D3lta on February 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    To be perfectly honest, and maybe this is just the microcosm of where I live, but I haven’t seen any visible signs of the economic issues affecting things like music sales, or music related sales. Project Rev for example was as big as it’s EVER been last summer, I’m seeing more and more bands emerge and do well. Sure, I’ve seen many business close around me, and occasionally a new one sprout but it almost feels like this is the climate where creativity is cultured as a way to escape the daily dose of “we’re all going to be poor”. I think music makes people happy, and it tends to be one area people are NOT willing to cut back on. Thanks for your insight Mike.

  66. ManBearPig on February 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The whole economic crisis was self-created and, hopefully, will mark a permanent shift in the world’s mindset. People were leaving far beyond their means for years and years and years, like those making $20k a year having a $500k mortgage and two cars. It’s the American dream, sure, but you have to prioritise and take care of your basic needs first. I refer anyone interested to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierarchyofneeds. People were even foregoing the basic needs to get the newest “it” thing. As bad as the situation is, hopefully it serves as a return to sense amongst people. If you value something, invest in it, but only after you take care of yourself.

  67. _MiHaRu_ on February 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    ‘I would very politely suggest that you might have some re-prioritizing to do.’
    ahahahahah you’re the best!!
    thanks for sharing thoughts about this topic!!is really interesting and I agree with you!!(even if I think you shouldn’t stat a fight with starbucks ahahahah you know..they have a point ahahah!!).
    jokes apart..how is the record process goin’ on?any news/pics you can give to us?
    have a nice day and work hard!! 😛
    kisses from Italy

  68. Joie on February 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Mikerocks is right!You guys make our lives more exciting, no designer clothes or Smoothies can do that!Concert tickets are always N1 on the list!

  69. miKer0cks on February 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Wow…Thx for sharing your thoughts Mike🙂 Well I agree with you it’s the same recording at your house but yeah, you guys will b ehanging around all day making jokes than recording!!! Besides we know that when you have fun all together you do crazy stuff (thank god LPUTV and LPTV exists)😀

    As for the sales and concert tikets…Yeah I love you more than anything else🙂 LP are my life🙂 So I prefer you better than starbukcs😀

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