“Issho Ni”

March 24, 2011

This is “Issho Ni,” the Linkin Park song we contributed to www.downloadtodonate.org.  There were a lot of positive comments (thanks), and I also saw some of you were saying: 1.) you thought it should have been arranged in a different way, because you wanted more “action” earlier in the song, and 2.) you thought there should have been vocals.

I’ll tell you what: you guys edit it, add vocals, sample it, do whatever you like–I’ll let you finish the song.  The vocals don’t have to be about Japan, they can be about whatever.  Sing, rap, rearrange, remix, write new material, whatever….and I’ll post the best versions I hear up here on http://www.mikeshinoda.com.



  1. archdante on April 13, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Hello, Mike. http://soundcloud.com/arch_devil/waiting-for-the-end-7/s-kQoUs – this is remix, but remix of other song. =) I think, it is not bad. Sorry!.. =)

  2. Gurikanwar on April 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

    hey mike…
    please check my REMAKE of the Issho Ni track…with vocals and all on it..
    I know its too late..but please check it once…


  3. didilp on April 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Just want to say, this song is amazing! I really love it!

  4. larissaevelynrm on April 8, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Mike was wonderful, I would like to know more about the production, everyone contributed?
    I liked the idea of ​​letting fans “finish” the music.
    I love your work!
    ♥_♥ LP

  5. duragon on April 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    My remix, hope you all like it.

  6. alexlp2k8 on April 1, 2011 at 4:49 am

  7. jeedee96 on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    with chester voice for the melody it will be incredible

  8. zwierz90 on March 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Hey, here’s my version of the song:

  9. jumpshot44 on March 30, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Yo Mike, thought I’d sample this track and flip it up.
    This was my outcome http://soundcloud.com/larkz/issho-ni-larkz

    I will add vocals to it over the next couple of days, but let me know what you guys think.

  10. burningjavhy on March 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

    fantastic Mike Shinoda.

  11. sourgummies on March 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I love what your doing Mike; I think it’s a great idea. I wrote my own song about Hatti last year. It affected me deeply as I had previously done 4 years in a row of a pilgrimage to earn funds to help them. If your interested in hearing it, here’s a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyg1whyNQwg

  12. fearfreak on March 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

    i think it doesn´t need any lyrics it´s cool like it is XD

  13. hallibennoda on March 29, 2011 at 5:24 am

    i think it was tottally awesome! but i think i’ll do a remix, just to be extra!
    my best friend sanjenna shinoda will help me (as big a fan as i am- she was at the MEN arena concert- she was the one that cried when she met you guys!)
    keep up the awesome work dude!

  14. nstoyan on March 29, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Hey Mike Ive done a remix to Issho Ni

  15. widya rahayu on March 29, 2011 at 1:31 am

  16. aline4lp on March 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I wrote lyrics for Issho Ni, I hope you feel the same as me when I wrote them

    While pain and fear
    Will fall down on you
    We’ll always be there
    You can’t run away

    In the shadows of your dreams
    You don’t understand what It means
    You look at your fate
    You know It’s too late

    We’re in this together
    We’ll keep you in mind
    You’re one of our kind

    When you look around
    You just want to run
    All hope has been gone
    You fall to the ground

    And in your darkest hour
    When you scream a night
    We’ll bring you the light

    We hold your hand
    And stand by you
    Whatever you’ll do
    We’ll be with you

    When you look up
    Into the sky
    There is a star
    It’s by your site

  17. xefuzion on March 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    haters gonna hate 😀

  18. burningjavhy on March 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm


  19. rellina on March 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    hi, i posted my song on songwriters group on linkin park mike and i’ll try to send it to you on your page

  20. lpmarta7 on March 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Mike!Here is my lyrics for Ishho Ni.Hope you like it!Kisses and hugs from Italy!

  21. afragilebear on March 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    hey mike.

    so here’s my version of the song.
    i just used “issho ni” as kinda sample and added some rapping and singing.

    thou it’s not my best work i think.

  22. romangalatonov on March 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hey Mike!

    This is an Issho Ni Remix made by Andrew Ostapenko

    Check it out here:

    From Ukraine with Love!

  23. smolarek222 on March 28, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Hi Mike!
    My remix from Poland :

  24. emirandakey on March 28, 2011 at 3:15 am

    wow mike… this is the thing that makes me fall in love w/ u deeper and deeper every year and been lasts for 11 years 🙂
    is the way you care, u gave chances for everyone to join in what ur doin… just great.. no words can describe this… even when we say I Love You thousand times and Thank You million times.. just wont be enough 🙂 god bless you Shinoda San 🙂

  25. fanlp37 on March 28, 2011 at 1:17 am

    All the best – like not at once! The more I listen to this track, the more I understand how it is incomparable!
    Thanks, Mike!

    PS First impressions are deceiving …

  26. danie82 on March 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Here is my lyrics, I thought a rap for the verse and singing for the chorus. To view the song with the verse please go here, the whole thing wouldn’t fit on the comments:


    “But this can be beat
    we can all make a change
    Instead of turning our backs we can all face the same
    Remember that it doesn’t have to be the end
    we can make a new beginning and start over again.

    When life has gone by
    and the time’s have changed
    it’s time to say your last goodbye.
    Everybody join hands
    we can all cry together
    our tears will make a rainbow
    issho ni, eien ni (Together, forever)

  27. Erick on March 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Here is my remix!I’ve used Maries1995 2º remix as base,i’ve addeded some nature efects and guitar affects to the music.can anyone create a rap?

  28. linkinparkcometocroatia on March 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hi Mike,here is my remix of Issho ni:

    have a nice watching:)

  29. nairod01 on March 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

    hey Mike, Here’s my remix, from France ahah

    Hope you’ll enjoy it,

  30. linkinparkforever275 on March 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

    again mike, good idea 🙂 i loved editing the catalyst too last year 🙂 was a lot of fun, excited how this one will work – i think noBrain is gonna win again 😀

  31. razorkvn on March 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm

  32. christieloveslp on March 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Good song))) And I like it)) I think that this is greatest instrumental for Download and Donate by LP))) Good stuff))))

  33. thisisthealliance on March 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    We loved the song and it inspired us to write.

  34. sukitang on March 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I really like it and want to remix one by myself.But i don’t know how to do.In addition,the latter part sounds like someone stands on a bare ground in a dark night,communicating with god and his heart.

  35. burningjavhy on March 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm


  36. Erick on March 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    i’m working in the sound effects of nature and a rock part for the music.i think tomorrow it is ready!wait mike!

  37. Alexandra Nofi on March 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    ZOMG I actually forgot to comment on one of your blog entries. Shame on me 😛

    Ignore my comment on your “Huffington Post” blog entry. I am adding to this. If I call it “adding”, then I feel like it’s okay for me to do. The name of the song has to change to “Doremomasen”, though. I hope you can live with that.

    Like I said, it has a “stand together” vibe to it. I based it on this lyrics from a different song I heard on youtube, simply going, “It takes one to move a million. One goal. If we all come together then we can all be one”. After all, regardless of what gender, race or country we are from, we are all human.

  38. htmshakor on March 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    lovely boss

  39. maries1995 on March 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I love the original song 😀 Here are my 2 remixes 🙂 Hoep you guys like it 🙂 Personally I think the 1st one is better 🙂

  40. the108 on March 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

    it’s kinda hard to change such awesome song, but i try.
    support me someone! 😀

  41. shrocaeth on March 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Hey Mike! I have a remix for you 😀 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xdXPjHUmBY

  42. musicgirlua on March 26, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Hi, Mike! I wrote some words, maybe you’ll like it. It seems there are not all correct grammatical, but all can be correct) with respect from Ukraine


    What is it? Rehearsal of the end of the world?
    the ground is giving from under my feet
    I do not see the sun
    I’m drowning in our tears
    help me get back on feet
    let me lean on your shoulder
    Today things are not as I expected
    from today everything will be different
    we will survive all that what life had prepared for us
    we will survive this together

  43. relieff on March 26, 2011 at 3:36 am

    could you make the thing with bands again? please 🙂 my band is right here:

  44. ellzworth on March 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Great track. What caught my attention more was the title:
    “Issho Ni”

    issho = together
    ni = indicates location or time

    Thanks Mike.

  45. betty108 on March 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I personally don’t want to hear any remixes; they’ll just kill what’s beautiful in this instrumental. Those who complain about this song should try to do something remotely close as to how good this is. They’re just running their mouths, complaining, as usual. People really piss me off sometimes….

  46. Colorize The Future on March 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Good idea.

    I make a remix!
    but how many time we have?
    And you want make a New topic for it?

  47. thegluelpfan on March 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I really love it the way it is and since I’m not good with mixing and stuff I’m just going to enjoy the other ppl’s work…

  48. lot321 on March 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

    seems like this might be ‘The Catalyst 2’ competition for the fans 😀

  49. chiaraf76 on March 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Hi Mike! This track is really good, melancholic but hopeful…what do you mean Ishho ni? Hugs & kiss

  50. v_forse on March 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Hey Mike! very very cool track…and great job!)

  51. lapkoola on March 25, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Why can’t I post comments again??? 😦

  52. toamasek on March 25, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Hi mike here is something I came up I go maybe you’d like a little 🙂 :

    I see destruction and realize what nature is capable.
    I see the ruins of houses where they lived before the disaster most people
    and some of them so that element was not enough to escape.
    I have thought that today’s comforts and appliances you determine anything
    but nature is all powerful and no one asks for nothing
    Unfortunately, no one asks

  53. raspberry74 on March 25, 2011 at 7:29 am

    The internet is a double edged sword on which you balance very well Mike. Personally i am grateful for the music you and Linkin Park give us and trust your judgement and talent when releasing new sounds. I am humbled by how selfless you guys are when it comes to raising money for the sufferers of natural disasters and how you keep showing us time and again that you do listen to us and care about what we say. So i would like to say a huge Thank You and don’t change 🙂

  54. kim7huang on March 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I always want to try something like remixing,but no experience.
    I’ll waiting for the best selects here.

  55. linkinpark4e on March 25, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Awesome song!!!! you guys did I great job as always! congrats and thank you for the song! 🙂

  56. beth061293 on March 25, 2011 at 5:30 am

    guys, thank you that you do such amazing things as Issho Ni)

  57. adiek84 on March 25, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Good reaction to criticism, though I don’t understand why some people just can’t be satisfied with what they got.
    I’m really looking forward to hearing all the different versions of the song. Many LP fans are really talented musicians and I bet you’ll get lots of different Issho Nis.
    Maybe you could let the readers vote which version is the best and then add it to the D2D tracklist. That way it would contribute to the relief effort as well.
    PS: It was pretty funny when you deleted that post, because many of us got an E-Mail with the content and we really wanted to post it on all our blogs. So then the waiting began XD
    PPS: Congrats for winning the Echo Award!

  58. en4ez on March 25, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Awesomeee!! Mmmike!!!
    I love your fantastic style!
    The style of my heart 🙂

  59. lpu7 on March 25, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I like it .

  60. vectormorph on March 25, 2011 at 1:25 am

    It sounds awesome Mike, i love how it builds up!

    I’m going to have a go myself, what is the Tempo?

  61. mike1314 on March 25, 2011 at 12:17 am

    just want you to know how we love your music and the spirit you guys have.

  62. Julian on March 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    rare act seen from you

  63. dorito82 on March 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Excited to hear what people come up with!

  64. icecold25 on March 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Damn I wish I had the proper equipment to do this….

  65. thepixelpod on March 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    i like it mike 😀

  66. daydreaming305 on March 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    i luved it but since i can only write i got inspired and wrote something while i was listening to this.. wudnt necessarily call them lyrics i think it turned out more like a poem but i wrote it in the moment so i might try again.. : ) http://ifonlysomethingcudlast.wordpress.com/

  67. tommyabella on March 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I really love this beautiful song, it relax me…

  68. bethanylw on March 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Very innovative instrumental!! LP is forever amazing!!!!!!!

  69. mutt21184 on March 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    the song is great as is!!! what the group and this orangization does is amazing! to have so much done soo soon takes real talent and heart.. you are awsome!!

  70. 96darkside on March 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    i loved it 🙂 here is something like a remix of it by me 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK3Wjzb4Nf4

  71. penneysound on March 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    i love this track. i wanted to take you up on your “challenge”, but there’s not much i can do at my skill level to complement the music without covering it over or interrupting it. here’s my humble attempt:

  72. lpuniverse on March 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I love the song! Plus I love how Mike is like pshh you guys finish it… way to go Mike!

  73. cezar_lp on March 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    a lot of people live criticizing the work of the others.
    Amazing instrumental and also amazing idea to involve the fans in this amazing song.

  74. alelp on March 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    i like the song!! is great! 🙂

  75. Erick on March 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    very good…i will do some remixes to the music…

  76. asianmew on March 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    You’re such an inspiration Mike, The track is so so so so beautiful, words cannot explain 🙂

  77. bananagabbana on March 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    cant wait to hear them!!

  78. alyeska39 on March 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    That is a good idea, though, frankly I like it the way it is.

    I love how in the 2nd half there’s a certain intensity that makes it *feel* loud while actually *being* soft and distant.

  79. wheresrupert on March 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I mean, I think the song needs no addition. I really like the idea of turning it over to the fans though. I’m interested in how people think they can “do better”.

  80. xxlinkingirlxx on March 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    great idea great instrumental i just love linkin park!

  81. ahobbit22 on March 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This song is amazing! The fact that it was done in such a short time and sounds so awesome is unbelievable!

  82. nerd42 on March 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    If you want people to remix, release stems!

    Not that I’d care about doing this anyway. Come on, Mike. You know this instrumental piece just isn’t on par with Linkin Park masterpieces like Cure for the Itch and Session.

  83. shivani94 on March 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    3 thanks to u. Loved da song and great idea!

  84. tinalein76 on March 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I think this is a great idea that people can write and sing the text:) I like the song Issho Ni 🙂
    Your blogs are great 🙂

  85. evooba on March 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Loved it the moment I heard it. One of your best instruments along with Lockjaw if you ask me 🙂

    I’m not good in mixing or whatever but thx for giving us the opportunity to play with it. I’ll try to add some guitar to it and if it turns good I’ll post it 🙂 thx again!

  86. mikeecem on March 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    i love this song, my new favorite ! ^^
    congratulations Mike!

  87. shineyshadow on March 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hey Mike! 🙂

    This is really an awesome idea!
    I love this song ❤

    I´ll do my best to make this song better… but I think it´s impossible! 😉


  88. millalp94 on March 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    awesome Mike !:D

  89. anaaugustalp on March 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm


  90. julistreetsoldier on March 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    i think that this song doesnt need any change..its perfect just the way it is..dont worry mike….it doesnt need words..you can feel all that emotion..coming through the song..its perfect

  91. coliinreiid on March 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I’m sorry for my negative comment Mike…But I hope you understand that negative comments can also help you like you have mentioned in the past : )?

  92. EpicLinkinPark on March 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I agree, it’s fine just the way it is. I really loved this. I did try to write some lyrics for this song. I really think it’s a great idea too, to let others contribute. Here’s my lyrics I wrote for Issho Ni. http://imaginationinmotion.tumblr.com/

  93. the108 on March 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    hmmm you know, awesome idea.
    i’ll try to remake it, but a bit later.

    and btw you can listen to my mash-up, Divided.
    hope you will like it, kinda.)

  94. Rana LP addict on March 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I love your instumentals!!! Give me more instrumentals… i really like them more than the other tracks… :D..

  95. Claudia B. on March 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    You got me confused when you posted a post about Issho Ni earlier, but deleted it. I’d like to see people doing better. This song is really good, just the way it is, by being INSTRUMENTAL 🙂

  96. cctjehh on March 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    what’s the deadline? and where do we have too post it (:

  97. BlackChester on March 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    awesome idea mike =) (but why did you put up the post down yesterday and up again? Oo)

  98. kelly jean on March 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    hahaha loving this plog post mike!

  99. Ally on March 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I loved it.

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