Big Sounds, featuring Walrus by @KillSonik

January 7, 2013

Joe, Dave, and I were hanging out today at Joe’s house. Joe said earlier this week, a song from the mid-90s came on the radio–a song that he remembered as being very energetic and heavy. But as he listened to it, he realized to really wasn’t that big-sounding by today’s standards.

I / we talked about how today, the easy-access to great sounding music software, when coupled with the University of YouTube, allows musicians of all levels to get big, amazing sounds.

It made me think of this KillSonik track that just came out. I feel like nothing sounded this big and nasty ten years ago…



  1. Kayleigh Maijala on June 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    So true. I’ve been thinking dubstep and these tripstep time signatures that are literally sprouting from the minds of today’s creative seedlings are a nod to the jazz movement.. it’s like another revolutionary take on musical boundaries… exponential growth, maybe? We keep reaching upwards.

  2. apaw93 on June 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Hey Mike! Go and check out They have amazing stuff.

  3. gatsie on January 14, 2013 at 9:32 am


  4. therosko on January 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I can’t really agree with you. Comparing the music that has been made 10 years ago with the music that people are making now is like comparing a ballad with dubstep (talking about the energy of the song here). If 99% of the song is electronic sound, then of course you would have the feeling that it has more energy and that it is more heavy, but in fact is it really? In general, I guess you are right, but if you just pick up certain songs, you wouldn’t really find such big difference. There always has been such energetic and powerful music, it just never was that mainstream… or at least that’s my opinion 🙂

  5. handsheeldhigh on January 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Hello Mike,

    I’m a prospective event manager from germany and in the end of this year my internship-phase will start. I would love to get the chance to do a three month internship at the lpuhq in the usa. Can you tell me please, who can I contact and send my application?
    I am serious about that and it would be lovely if you could help me out.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    best regards

  6. pork9 on January 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I really wanted to thank you and all the band. I grew listening to your music and felt like your sound evolved a lot in all these years. I dream of the day that Linkin Park will come to my city. Wish you all the best.

  7. morganatenebre on January 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

    were marked and the feeling it provocs on you… All songs sounds amazing to who re listen to. Even “Baby” from Justin Bieber will be good listened 10 years by now. For me, an “unforgetble” song from 10 years ago, that I hear until today and I cry, laugh, all together it’s “IN THE END” from a little band from Agoura Hill called LINKIN PARK. Do you remember that?

  8. morganatenebre on January 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Talk about music is always good. Music represent all in good or bad we have in our lives. Not only the musicans have music in their lives, no. We, simple mortals, have them too. And the most cool of all is how we can be marked by a song. It even can pass 10 years, when you hear “that song” you will remember why u

  9. qrplus6 on January 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Hm, something more big and nasty from the mid-90?


    Now, that was a crushing sound 😀

    NIN was pretty nasty too back then. March Of The Pigs sounds dirty. But you know that ahah

  10. NephthysPhoenix on January 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Oh yeah forgot to mention this – why are you like “eh?” that’s what happens to music over the years of evolution.

  11. faintypainty on January 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

    It makes me feel like Super Mario in a danger zone getting super energy and jumping around on mountains killing enemys and jump jump jump wahm…. lol

    xxxXXXBUSSY!BUSSYXXXxxx grettings from Germany

  12. drumrruben on January 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    And of course there were tracks 10 years ago that sounded that ‘big and nasty’ compared to this. It’s just that like in literature, the canon of music and the genres develops over time. A novel by D.H. Lawrence or Thomas Hardy made a huge impact in their respective era and so does music. Dubstep is one of those new genres we get ‘thanks’ to technological developments, like we got new literature as well during periods that were heavily marked by industrialism for example. I’m just a bit surprised by the unthoughtful approach of Mike here, that’s why I prefer to think of it as sarcasm but then again, I could be wrong so I’d love to hear some follow up 🙂

  13. drumrruben on January 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Apparently I’m the only one thinking that was sarcasm…? Because that track is totally not original (all dusbstep sounds the same anyway) and I don’t really know where I’m supposed to hear those ‘big, amazing sounds’. I’d like to be enlightened on this 🙂

  14. gal66 on January 8, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I’v heared something like that in one of ”skrillex” songs, and this one is amazing!!!!!

  15. YoMarquesLP on January 8, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Wow, that is a great track!

  16. Braffschein on January 8, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I bet the haters of the “new Linkin Park” will enjoy how much you’re into dubstep now. I wish you put some on the 6th album just to see their butts hurting.

  17. evooba on January 8, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Amazing how music has changed over the years. Not really into this type of music but it is indeed different, in a way.

  18. andreas215 on January 8, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Have you heard this Mike?

  19. mahshidshinoda on January 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I love this university that make me alive,the only way to help me live with lp,watch all of your concerts,interviews & … I’m sure one day I will see you in Iran or maybe me in LA…

  20. Alexandra Nofi on January 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    It always amazes me the way music has changed over my life time. 26 years and we go from live instruments to electronic sounds I can create by myself on my laptop.

    I think electronica is a fine genre, but it should be used in moderation. Too much and it becomes less musical and more annoying. Thankfully, bands like 2NE1, Glitch Mob and Linkin Park don’t over do it.

  21. linkinparkette on January 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I think I misunderstood this.. I was ready to listen, and I did but the ‘heavy’ in that video was not the ‘heavy’ I thought u were talking about. The whole dubstep thing, its hard to find a really good song that use that style with out over using it.

    ha, University of YouTube hehehe :3

  22. wikedsinn on January 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Conversely, with compression, such as 128kbps being a standard format to listen in a lot of media players, I think non-musicians are loosing out on “big” rich sounds, even though better equipment and software has become readily accessible and more affordable than ever.

  23. caroleeone on January 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    YES UGH wow it’s been a LONG while since I’ve heard anything this heavy, leave it to Killsonik. LOVE THIS. I see your starting to take up a curiosity in dubstep and other “heavy, filthy” music like this? Either way this is awesome.

  24. NephthysPhoenix on January 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I press play and woke up my cat. Thanks a lot! I blame you!

    Well the growth did start from 2005 – 2008. 2009 I guess where it started to grow way too big?

    In other words it’s nice.

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