In Studio: Drums

March 28, 2009


We’ve been working on a new song in the past couple of weeks that has been a lot of fun. The backdrop for the song is built on layered, heavy synths and a sharp performance by Mr. Bourdon. We’re keeping the drums a little looser on this track, not doing too much studio trickery…it creates a nice interplay between the organic feel of the rhythm track and the more robotic feel of the keyboards. Bass and guitar are next, meanwhile Chester and I are emailing lyric notes back and forth…




  1. nillp on April 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    oh my.. cannot wait to hear all the stuff you guys have been working on..!

    i’m sure that you guys are going to overcome all the expectations again!!! o//

    success β™₯

  2. TrIcKsTeR1809 on April 15, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Hey Mike! Why did you change your hair style and chin??? I love your performance in “in the end”! You look handsome when you are in “in the end”!!! :D! and can the band come to Hanoi, capital of Vietnam and perform! That is the biggest wish in my life!!!

  3. mauricio on April 14, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Cool !!! guys you are the best !!! day by day, I wake up hoping you come here to SOUTH AMERICA!!! you dont come since 2004 !!! please It will a nice gift for us, you come here and with the new record will we great, but dont put out songs from the SET LIST pleaseeeee….. I never see you in a live performance, good luck in everything guys…. you are the best !!!!


  4. jay521 on April 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I can’t wait for the new album!!! Hey there are a lot of people saying you guys are going to tour in the US, but then they’re are a lot saying you guys aren’t, I just wanted to know if anyone knows for real and it would be great to hear it from you mike! =)
    Either way I can’t wait for new music!!

  5. dereklp on April 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Wonder if he ever hits those lights? They look kinda close

  6. Janine1978new on April 5, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Hey Mike, thanks for the update. I can’t wait for your new album. I am glad that your in the summer for 2 concerts coming to Germany. We see us in Ferropolis (GrΓ€fenhainichen) ; ).

  7. Diana_LP_adicted on April 4, 2009 at 5:35 am


  8. Fara_fasha on April 3, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hi Mike. (sorry, my english is not so good) We all know that music have a very big influence in the society. I’ve just listened to Hands Held High and No More Sorrow, and they are amazing. You should write more songs like that considering how bad the world is now. And remembering how famous Linkin Park have become, I believe your music can change on how people think and act nowadays. Release songs like that officially, make sure it gets to all over the world. Me personally take serious on what you guys sing and pay attention to the lyrics. To me, your songs are not just for intertainment, they worth more than that, a life lesson. By the way, all the best for the upcoming album!

  9. Sintia on April 3, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I hope all is well with all of LP. Thanks for the update on the progress on the new album. πŸ™‚

  10. DayBreaker on April 3, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Can’t wait to hear the song…..

  11. maria on April 2, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Hey, Mike, hi! that’s sounds interesting, even more of that staff I heard before.) I want to here it soon and I’m so anxious to hear the new LP album! I just can’t wait.) I wish you a lot of luck. Thanks for cheering us all up. (hardcore)

  12. skindesbous on April 1, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    woooooooooooh hell, I get nervous when I read things about drums πŸ˜€ it looks great πŸ˜‰

  13. tpbarbosa on April 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Well if it’s really heavy then I’m fine. I just wanted that LP started to bring bk a little bit of old school on this record.
    I mean I loved MTM, but it’s not that LP I felt in love with, I mean the old one has a sound, a magic vibe that I can’t even describe and it made me become an addicted fan. I hope I get to feel this again on this one.
    Rob is a very talented drummer, one of the best I’ve ever seen, I really want to see him doing those crazy and heavy solos on this new stuff as so for Brad and Phi. Please scream as hell Chaz!!
    I also expect a lot from the lyrics, they’re very important on my life and I hope tto listen to good dark lines on this one πŸ˜‰

  14. msgirl on April 1, 2009 at 4:28 am

    i have just read that the new album is coming out in 2010.for me,i do not think it is really good idea.i hope you have considered about Beatles.:) they made 4 albums in just 7 years.Mike,itΒ΄s about 2 years ago when you released your year it will be 3 years.i understand that you want to do something of good quality,something special.however,why canΒ΄t you work hard,concentrate on your album now and complete it by june or july?i mean linkin park fans just want to listen to some new,please,work hard to complete your new album!WE ARE PATIENTLY WAITING FOR YOUR NEW ALBUM πŸ˜‰ but not in 2010.;(

  15. Hawaii_LP_fan on March 31, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Drums! πŸ™‚ part of the magic….

  16. Ana_ on March 31, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “The persistence is what leads to perfection.” So, keep working hard! πŸ˜‰
    I can hardly wait to have your new cd!! Ana.

  17. jenshinoda88 on March 31, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I’m impatient to hear your new cd !!!!!!!!!!!! W LP!!!! W MY LOVE, Mike !!!!!!!!!!

  18. Linkin_Paranoik on March 31, 2009 at 10:29 am

    that’s great mike
    i can’t wait for the new album
    when will you come to italy?
    we are waiting you, please come soon

  19. Wotur11 on March 31, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Yeeeh i like the heavy songs Mike πŸ™‚ as heavy as possible ok my guys? :))

  20. zahra on March 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    ooookay thats sounds graet////….emailing do u know what it sounds like?..well i guess the meaning is more important and is the first thing(right?/),….anyhoooo u keep up the work and i wish 4 the best (hoping that u guys could get the album out sooner…)btw the best day of my life just happened at my first concert that was cold play live in abu dabi IT WAS SOOOO AWESOME!!! IT WAS RAINING HARD (it rains once a year here )LIGHTNINGS ,SPARKLES IN THE LAZIER LIGHTS AND….THAT MADE THE CONCERT JUST MUCH MORE FUN!!!!….but all most every moment i was thinking of what would linkinpark be like live…hmm.(must be amazing)..i cant….bye

  21. Newproducer on March 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Hey dude i’m new on here but i’ve been listening to your music forever maybe one day when i’m out doing my feelancing job and interviewing you you could show me how you make your music it sounds interesting. Also i’m getting a bunch of people to get together and try and get you guys here at Leesburg, VA send me bak on and let me know if you could do that and ill try to get a bunch of people to support it.

                                                                                        Musician in part SAM

  22. Stee1baby on March 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

    We’re glad to hear it and to read it, Mike!

    Thank u for ur hard working, thank you for ur nice music!

    With love, Regina from Russia.

  23. Lidiam01 on March 30, 2009 at 7:33 am

    =D kool i cant wait to hear the new album!!!!

  24. SeeMO on March 30, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Hi Mike.
    Happy to know you are working Hardly to make new track, and im realy excited to listen to the new Album, even if im upset i’ll not till 2010!!!!
    Wish you the best guys.

    Mohamed from Morocco.

  25. Lore_LP_687 on March 29, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Mike, everything you said there sounds great!! It’s hard to me to imagine what that song is like, but I’m sure you all are doing a great job ; )
    Thanks to tell us how are things going with the next album, that help us to hold on a bit longer for it..
    And Christmas was in December, Won’t you put those lights away?? I’m joking, they look nice : )
    Anyway, Don’t stress out with all that work πŸ˜€ Take Care.. Love from Argentina β™₯β™₯β™₯

  26. Joanie_LP on March 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    on this busy, stresful day I’m about to have, you just don’t know what ment that to me πŸ˜€ I’m so pleased! πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ can’t wait!

  27. CuteWhiteBunny on March 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm


    can’t wait for the new album. thanks for the update!

  28. anant_lp on March 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I guess theres not going to be any scratching on this one too…I wish there was!!!

  29. asianotter on March 29, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks, for the update! Can’t wait for the new record. Keep the updates coming.

  30. phill715 on March 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    OMG! I can’t wait!!! I love the lights around the drums. Nice kit btw too.

  31. ShadowerLiltani on March 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I…. LOVE updates! boogies I….. LOVE updates! Good, news that’ll finally stop all the whining over at the LPU… I dunno if you’ve had time to read around the forums but a lovely little group thinks it’ll be a good three years before we see this album. In reality MTM was prolonged because of side projects, but since when do we expect people to think about things anyways? The more I hear the more excited and curious I get. LP’s music has steadily grown and grown over the years and the more you guys do the more I want to hear πŸ˜€

  32. Saphira on March 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    sweet rob u totally rock woo goin hard on the drumss! cant wait seriously im twitching always when i hear new news xD you guys, keep up the goood work

  33. lais on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I cant wait for the new record !!!

  34. durg on March 29, 2009 at 9:21 am


  35. Holden on March 29, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Sounds like the record is coming along great = ) The song sounds awesome. I can’t wait to hear it! I like how the lights are on the mic stands lol.

  36. cuz on March 29, 2009 at 8:22 am

    That sounds amazing! I need to hear the song right now! Great that you let us know about the progresses. It gives such nice, inside look into your studio and the whole process and creates really exciting atmosphere of waiting for the new album πŸ™‚ Have a great time making cool new music and take care.

  37. thenewLinkinPete on March 29, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I must say that having to wait till next year was a bit of a bummer but in LPΒ΄s case it was expected=) I quess the outcome is better without having to rush. I expect that you have no deadline?
    But cool to hear about new music, these are the most interesting posts. Now, IΒ΄m wondering if you do the same as with MTM (and well on previous albums) that you write a load of stuff and pick a fracture of it to work forward, or how is it going? IΒ΄m really stoked about where the new record is going!
    Meanwhile ppl, check out Papa RoachΒ΄s new album Metamorphosis (out now!) and also Hurt will be having a new one out soon, if you donΒ΄t know them…

  38. FemaleRevan on March 29, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Mike, I seriously can’t wait for the new record! and what’s with the lights?

  39. Lvix on March 29, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Mike, i can’t wait for the new record! But what thell are those lamps doing there?
    I really hope you guys find a good producer or do it without:p


  40. KOBSHI on March 29, 2009 at 5:53 am

    When you say”new song that has been a lot of fun”,it struck me LPU8 songs,hehe,just kidding,by the way,I love lilting songs.Thing pushes me to leave comment,is,I wonder what style of lyric you guys would write for this song?It sounds like a new stuff,”sharp backdrop,little looser drum,organic feel of rhythm,robotic feel of keyboards”.It seems that lyric style can also be written in a way that different from old style?Can I expect some free,interesting,positive lyric for this song?Anyway,keep working hard,and I will keep myself working hard too!so as to having money to buy you guys album and tour ticket as well,in case you guys decide to come to Hong Kong tour,yeah,I’ven’t given up yet,haha

  41. LPmAgaS on March 29, 2009 at 5:43 am

    That’s gonna be great!!!:)

  42. shinnizel15 on March 29, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Great !! Finally .. its nice to hear that u guys are working. All the best πŸ™‚

  43. miKer0cks on March 29, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ I cant wait for the new record πŸ˜€

  44. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on March 29, 2009 at 3:31 am


  45. Shinodabestfriend on March 29, 2009 at 2:49 am

    YOU KNOW I CAN’T WAIT ANYMOOOORE!!!! …you’re mad… hahahaha! just joking, but… waiting is really hard….
    keep on working!!! I love you guys!

  46. Aqua101 on March 29, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Yeepeee!! I Love the sound of drum & definately love to hear Rob’s magic hands on his drums…AWESOME!! Plz tell Robbie that I fall in love with him whenever I hear he plays his drums. Mikey, u really know how to make us feel curious..I can’t wait to hear the new album..I want it now!! (kidding), take care…darling πŸ˜‰ P.S: I like Rob’s new hair, so clean cut β‰ˆβ™₯β‰ˆ

  47. ThunderStrike on March 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Do you lose track of time so badly while in a studio? o.O And Rob looks like a very studious kid in this pic lol Patiently waiting for your album =]

  48. Dori on March 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Now, I know you guys have been touring non-stop for the past few years, but, haven’t you been home long enough to acclimate yourselves to the time!? lol CHRISTMAS IS OVER!!! hahaa Just kidding, Mike! Seriously, can’t wait to hear this new song you’ve hyped!

  49. pandora426 on March 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    OMG Rob looks great as ever!!! Is he dating anyone right now, haha? πŸ˜› Can’t wait for the album…. I wish it would come out on my birthday.. that would be like an awesome gift… :-)… good luck with the rest of the album!!

  50. Jay_Sensei on March 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    HAHA whats with the christmas lights?? anyway, i hope the record comes out soon, and do you think you could upload the demo to the song you guys are working on?? id really love to hear it

  51. Aditya_the_warrior_within on March 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    thanks for the update .. well your making everyone more eager and anxious now by telling this πŸ˜› πŸ™‚
    please upload a small samoke atleast, pretty please πŸ˜€

  52. Lyra on March 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    ..YEA~it’s so nice to know that the album is coming..Seriously Mike,ur killing me with those posts.Everytime i c those posts i ll b excited for looking forward to this album..BTW,the pic of Rob is awesome..i like his hair..Anyway,its nice to know how the album is going..I WANT THAT CD~~…………,have a nice day Mike~

  53. Migole on March 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Love the lights as much as the updates =]
    Keep it up keep it up

  54. Hybr1d_7h3ory on March 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Hey Mike. I hope you know how much pleasure these posts bring me and other LP fans. The number of artists who put this much effort into their fans is few and far between. I was just wondering, is there anyway you could post the lyric notes, not the lyrics themselves. I am just curious as to the wordage that you and Chester communicate on the subject of the song are.

    I look forward to many more of these posts. Any updates on any GE(Dies) stuff?

    Also I’m sure you have come across this guy on youtube, but he had a special on Comedy Special last night and he is hilarious. His name is Bo Burnham, check it out if you get a chance.

  55. Maaark on March 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I love when you post about the new album. I can’t wait to listen to this track. Maybe you could post here a 30-second preview, what do you think? For the fans sake!

    Rob rocks, btw! And I bet the lyrics will be so great just like all of your lyrics!

    Take care Mike, have a nice weekend!

  56. NataliaForgotten on March 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    You want to make us more curious, huh? Well, you are in the right way! The pic is awesome, love when Rob drums. πŸ™‚

  57. soyuneik on March 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Your optimistic eyes seem like paradise to someone like me I put a friend on to them. It reminded me of one of the first things I noticed way back when. (The black nail polish on one hand.) That was something a friend and I did in high school. (as I’m sure countless others did) It’s just fun to think about just how much music impacts our lives and links us all. You know I can’t wait to hear it, right? Your killing me with all the suspense. I had to fight a 6 tailed demon, a cat-spider and some giant black blob with razor teeth just to get this one sound out. I hope you guys have better luck than I do.

  58. po2ja on March 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for giving us updates about the new album Mike. Can’t wait for it to come out. πŸ™‚

  59. Southpaw on March 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Hey Mike. I know you probably won’t read this, but will you ever play Forgotten live again? It’s going on 7 years since it was last played. Is the name of the song true? Have you forgotten about it, or do you want the song to be forgotten? Also, I would really like you to bring back Easier To Run, Hit The Floor & Figure.09. It’s been 5+ years since a live performance of these songs. Thanks for the update!

  60. pepper on March 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Mike, omgah its so awesome to be updated when your favorite band is in studio!!I love the pic of rob right in his niche lol sooooo stoked for this album!! Keep up the amazing work guys! glad to hear you and Chester are writing away as well!

  61. Ranger111133 on March 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    yes!!!! i can’t wait for the album!!! its gonna b awsome i can already tell

  62. Fox on March 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I’m seriously looking forward to this album. I hope you post this song like you did the last one, I’m really looking forward to hearing this, too.

  63. RazToritsuki on March 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    OoooooooOOO… Im lyk itchin in xitmnt mn… it all sounds sik n all bu WILL IT BEAT WAT U HAV ALREDY MADE?? its a tall orda bu yh mn… u can… seriousli tho i cnt w8 4 dis n early nxt yr… err… seems lyk a lng way away…

    wich den leads me 2 da nxt q…

    wat r u celebratin??…

    [i bring ur attention 2 da fairy lyts dat seems 2 invade Robz space… poor chap… ;)]…

  64. lynndarwinharris on March 28, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Can’t wait!!!! It would be awesome if Rob did a drum solo on this album!!!

  65. lp_fm_fan on March 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    careful with e-mail hacking!

    can’t wait for the new album. ^^

  66. Chemist999 on March 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Well, Rob needs some love too. [hugs and… squeezes]
    Thanks for keeping us excited.

  67. JPkaukonen on March 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm


  68. DjChazzyM on March 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Mike ure so awesome man. Rob ure incredible nd love ure drum solo on Road to Revolution DVD. I Love drumming to ure songs and i can’t wait till ure next Album looking forward to it so much. KK Rock ON!!!!!

  69. Shinoda77 on March 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I just can’t wait to hear it. Hope it doesn’t take a lot of time to come out. Back and forth πŸ˜€ Love you Mike <3, and thanks for coming to Turkey πŸ™‚ :* take care

  70. rockermeg on March 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Sounds interesting
    Yeahhh!!! Make sure Rob has lots to do, he’s an awesome drummer; it wouldn’t kill you to put some drum solos in would it now? xD
    Actually any instrumental solos would be AMAZING. Brad needs to show off more,he’s so talented. And bass solos create an original funk rock sound like Red Hot Chilli Peppers…or is Phoenix too intimidated by Flea? :p
    Hahaa, I’m just messing with ya. But you should try it out, for sure.
    I like you’re getting back to synths and layerings
    Yay for lyrics πŸ™‚
    Good luck with the song and all the others!!! Thanks soooo much for the updates Mike, it means a lot

  71. Joanna on March 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Question: Why are there usually Christmas lights in the studio?

  72. Aikaterine on March 28, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Oh, I can’t wait for that, it must be cool!

  73. HJP007 on March 28, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Thats great news, Mike! I agree with bojkic. The backdrop seems very interesting. Keep it coming πŸ™‚ BTW have you seen the new Depeche mode video?

  74. Thom_ on March 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Look forward to hearing some more of Rob’s beats next year, he always creates such unique cymbal patterns, ‘Little Things Give You Away’ comes to mind. Fun ‘lil tidbit… ‘Bleed It Out’ was the first LP song I properly learned on the drums… then Jan 28th 2008 he showed us all why he’s the master πŸ˜›

  75. YuN_RoCks on March 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Can’t wait to hear all of the cool stuff you guys are working on! & cool lights, nice atmosphere to get creativity :]

  76. Madlen on March 28, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    This is so great:DThank you for sharing with us:)And btw I participated in the “Earth Hour” and I feel pretty good about it:)Anyway keep working:DWe’re expecting more updates:D

  77. M4LL0RY on March 28, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Can’t wait to hear it.

    It’s good to hear some news about the new album.

  78. big_bad_lukas on March 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    i wonder how many times are u goint to be re-writing the lyrics this time ;D ;D good luck with that.

  79. Eddie on March 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Mike I WANT TO HEAR THE NEW ALBUM SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! It would be simply PERFECT!!!! And also I agree with some guys here. We are so glad to hear news from the process of the new album!!! Keep going!!! The album will be AWESOME!!!

  80. RedZero on March 28, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Great news. But such a tease πŸ˜› Another year will take so long >_<

  81. Joie on March 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Yupee!!!I’m sure you’ll make an awesome album!!!!

  82. bojkic on March 28, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Great news Mike! Seems you got the message from the number of comments to the last album update blog! πŸ˜€ We love to hear any news, because it gets us excited, just as you are excited making it. And as we are fans we will droll over your descriptions (“layered, heavy synths and a sharp perf. by Mr. B”) and we will overdiscuss those for days untill we realize, finally, that we don’t have a clue how’s that gonna sound :D. But we love doing that man, so give us that joy;D. I personally like what you described. Synths + rock and I instantly think Depeche Mode. Oh, maybe your LOATR remix is a good lead to this. it has some heavy syths.

    We are just thrilled to know you are cooking sth for us!

  83. WonderG on March 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Sounds krazy!!!
    Can’t wait to hear the new album!!
    Thanks for the info;D

  84. todraw on March 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Wow yay can’t wait to hear the new album^^ i hope everything goes fine. The Idea sounds interesting hope to hear more Rap from ur side in the new album or more chester an mike,even when i like chesters singin^^ but yea whatever u do i’m gonna give it a try ;D
    wish all a good day or night^^ maybe mornin ;P

  85. MS_Ineedyou on March 28, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Great news! Can’t wait to hear it!! Love you guys πŸ™‚ —Brooke

  86. victoria on March 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Great Mike! I can’t wait to the next year to get your new work…T_T ^^ keep working guys, love you!!

  87. Sindaenie on March 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Awesome news! I can’t wait to hear the new stuff. Every time a new album comes out, I am always surprised, then amazed, then absolutely in love with it despite how very different it was than the one before.

    You should let Rob know that Christmas is over and it’s time to take down his lights!

  88. kRad on March 28, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    organic..robotic…sounds interesting. keep us updated!

  89. Xineohp on March 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    thats awesome, but y do we hav to wait till next year?

  90. dragonfreak on March 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Can’t wait to hear the new songs! πŸ˜€

  91. Merecy on March 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Mike ,
    A new song ? It’s cool , i can’t wait to hear it !!
    Have a great day


  92. Jaclyn on March 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    YAAAY! AWESOME NEWS! I love you guys! Useless to say how I’m looking forward to hear new songs! Hope ppl will hear some new ones live at summer gigs m/

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