“Learning Not To Drown”, Debut Novel by Anna Shinoda

March 17, 2014

I rarely talk about my wife Anna.  But today is a special exception, for a special reason.

Anna grew up in a mountain town so small it only had one stop sign.  He parents grew up during the Great Depression, and they lived in a modest home packed tight with her large family.  As a kid, she used to climb up into trees with books to escape the chaos of being the youngest person in the busy house.

Reading led to writing, and she eventually immersed herself in classes and conferences.  She worked with as many other published and non-published authors as she could.  In particular, she devoted herself to a manuscript that was clearly special.

I met Anna in the late 90’s.  Like most people close to her, I admire her honesty, integrity, generosity, and fierce independence.  A few years ago, after her manuscript got nominated for the SCBWI “Most Promising New Work” award, it became obvious (and exciting) that her book might eventually be published.  And knowing how much energy she was putting into the book, I realized how much she deserved to get proper credit.  Anna’s writing is great, and we both wanted her work to be judged on its merit, not on the book’s potential connection with me or Linkin Park.

So she made a decision: when speaking to people about her book, she would keep the focus on her writing, and not mention me.

It made things harder for Anna, and the process took much longer than it might have otherwise.  But in the end, it allowed the focus to stay on what was important.  Anna got nominated for two Sue Alexander Awards based on the quality of her writing.  She got her agent’s attention based on the quality of her writing.  And she got her publishing deal without sharing any knowledge that her husband was “famous.”  In fact, when she finally told her editor and team who I was their reaction was, “Linkin Park!? You’re kidding!”

I’m proud to tell you that, ten years in the making, her book was an endeavor she carried out with integrity.

LEARNING NOT TO DROWN is a dark, introspective, funny, and meaningful work of fiction; it follows a young girl named Clare as she deals with a brother in and out of prison, small-town gossip, and a family dynamic that threatens to choke out Clare’s own plans for her future.

Pretend that you, just like the people who have supported Anna so far in this process, are encountering this book without any connection to me or my band.  Pretend I’m just a friend telling you about it, because really, I have no hand in what makes it great.  And I promise: just like them, when you read it, you’ll find out that it’s an extraordinary novel, and you will love it.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER “LEARNING NOT TO DROWN”

mike

Fort Minor Fans: The Album You Thought You’d Never Hear.

September 27, 2012

I first met STYLES OF BEYOND (S.O.B.) in the late ’90s, rapping at parties and with friends in the San Fernando Valley, north of L.A.  Years later, I featured them on my Fort Minor album, on songs like Remember The Name and Believe Me.

After we wrapped up the touring for FM, the guys were signed to Linkin Park’s imprint Machine Shop Records.  Above all, I believed in these guys, and I loved the music they made.  Shortly thereafter, we began putting the finishing touches on an amazing album, Reseda Beach.  Aside from the music they self-produced, we had tracks from J. Dilla and Scoop Deville, and even a super random cameo appearance by Michael Buble (which didn’t make album, but was an amazing experiment).

It was a very exciting time–I always felt like the album they put together showcased exactly what set this group apart from other rap collectives: their knack for setting a tone and vibe, their unique sense of humor, and their classic-sounding style.

As I mentioned HERE a while back, we had every intention of releasing the S.O.B. album on our imprint label, but we ran into roadblocks.  When things got impossible, Styles Of Beyond split up, and decided to pursue separate interests. It was a terrible time, especially for them, but also for me–we had all put so much work and hope into this project, and it seemed that it might all go straight down the toilet.

But recently, thanks to persistent interest from fans, Ryu, Tak, Cheapshot, Skully, and some mutual friends decided to put out the album that we all put so much work into.

I’ve always been a big fan of this album, and I’m glad you’re all going to be able to hear it.  Here’s one of my favorite tracks off the record, The Pirate Song:

So please support the guys, check this out, and spread the word.  They’ve got a bundle that comes with a t-shirt, and another bundle that comes with a second CD (including many of the other tracks we recorded while making the album, featuring Bishop Lamont, Scoop Deville, Apathy, Celph Titled, and some guy named Mike Shinoda).

Get the album HERE

mike

Linkin Park PC with Music OS Software: More Info

July 6, 2012

As announced HERE and HERE recently, my bandmates and I have teamed up with Dell and Open Labs to release a limited edition PC, containing Music OS software and a large library of exclusive, original Linkin Park sounds.  With it, you can write, record, and perform your own songs — even using LP sounds and loops if you like.

Why Music OS / Open Labs?
As I mentioned in the video above, I was using basic keyboard and samplers on stage for a while, and I outgrew them.  They couldn’t do all the things I needed to do; then I found Music OS.  Music OS is a software that does a lot on its own, but also allows me to run all my favorite software inside it.  In other words, if I use 25 different virtual keyboards, samplers, and effects in various songs, I can just open those inside Music OS and play the exact sounds from the record on stage.  I also enjoy using the touch-screen feature; the software is designed with performance in mind.

Why PC?
It’s no secret that I use Apple devices for much of my everyday stuff.  But on stage, I’ve been using Music OS on PC for years.  In testing, Open Labs found the PC to be a more stable touring unit, and that’s what we need in concert.

Why Dell?
This year, I visited Dell with the Open Labs team, and got a chance to see and try out some of their new laptops and desktop computers.  They were awesome (I personally loved the touch screen XPS 17, with the JBL speakers).  They’re also less expensive than Mac, which we figured might be helpful for the LP fans who are interested in getting this.

The info and purchase page is below.  There are only a few hundred available worldwide, and we’re not making more, so if you’re interested, now is the time.

Click here to find out more or purchase.

mike

Power the World: The Story of Imani

May 31, 2012
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Raid Soundtrack and Score

April 6, 2012

The Raid score is available for purchase at http://theraidsoundtrack.com/

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My GLORIOUS EXCESS DIES Photo Gallery

September 4, 2009

Check out my little GLXS DIES photo album:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_real_mike_shinoda/sets/72157622213492366/

by the way, did you know I have a bunch of photos up on Flickr?  They’re here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_real_mike_shinoda/sets/

mike