There are already a lot of great ideas for the “Linkin Park Featuring You” contest. We’re also seeing a lot of common questions and comments. Here are some answers:
1. “Why are entries from my country / age group not eligible?”
If it was up to my bandmates and me, everyone in the world would be able to compete. But due to MySpace / WBR rules and some other legal stuff they were concerned about, it’s not possible. We are bummed about that. But the good news is: nothing is stopping you from making a song anyway. If your song is good, the band (and everyone else) will probably hear it; you may not win the contest, but you can still be well-known for being awesome.
2. I want more audio stems to make my thing!
Sorry! The point of the challenge here is to make something out of these limited parts. The tracks you’ve been given are only a fraction of the song. If you can make something original and great out of those, you have a good chance of winning. If you want more stems because you want to put together something that sounds like a full Linkin Park song, you’re missing the point…we’ve already got one of those: it’s called The Catalyst, and it comes out August 2nd.
3. Why did you choose MySpace, and not my other favorite site?
As many of you know, MySpace is a great home base for musicians and bands. More often than not, when I hear of an unsigned, aspiring group, they direct me to their MySpace page. So if you don’t have a MySpace page account and page, simply make one so you’re eligible.
4. Who is judging the contest?
The band has the final say. But we aren’t going to be able to listen to all of the mixes…so if you want to be heard, you’ll have to promote it. And that doesn’t mean spamming here and Linkin Park.com. Spread the word EVERYWHERE, so more people, especially people outside our networks, hear your mix and vote for it (if they like it). A song/mix with a lot of traffic is sure to get our attention.