So, I guess I’m writing for a magazine now.

September 17, 2012

A few months ago, I was approached by the editor of a magazine in the UK called “The Big Issue.”  It is a news magazine that prides itself on being “a hand up, not a hand out.”  They combat the problem of homelessness by offering eligible people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by making money selling copies of the magazine.

I’ve since written two pieces for Big Issue.  A new issue is out right now, with my first piece as their American Election Correspondent. You’ll have to get a copy of that one to read it; below is my first piece, from September.

 

POWERLESS: THE EFFECT OF INDIA’S OUTAGE ON LINKIN PARK

Mike Shinoda

In my band, Linkin Park, I help oversee songwriting, production, art direction, and social media.  They are things I grew up doing.  I’ve been drawing and making music since I was a toddler.  My father worked in aerospace, and introduced us to the personal computer in 1984, shortly after Apple’s famous “1984” ad debuted.  I’ve always been a fan of video games—I even started my own club with elementary school friends, centered on beating every Nintendo game we played (I had the team record, finishing a game one hour and fifteen minutes after I first turned it on).

mike

Power the World: The Story of Imani

May 31, 2012
mike

New LPTV – Secret Show for Japan

October 19, 2011
mike

Music for Relief Top Supporters – LP & B’z Show for Japan

September 2, 2011
mike

Secret Show For Japan’s Success

August 20, 2011

Thanks to your efforts, the fundraising for Japan has been an overwhelming success.  Using the tools at http://secretshowforjapan.com/, you guys have raised a ton of funds for the people of Japan (funds are still being raised, a total dollar amount is forthcoming).

Our show will be at The Mayan in Los Angeles, with B’z, August 31st.  It’s been years since we’ve played a venue of this intimate size in LA, and we’re excited to see you there.

Proceeds go to Save The Children, for child protection, psychosocial support, and recovery.

 

mike

Short Update: Secret Show, Smodcast, and OP-1

August 8, 2011

Busy busy.  Other than my occasional post from Instagram, things have been pretty busy and pretty random over here.

I recently did a podcast with my friend Jensen, who has a show on Kevin Smith’s “Smodcast” network.  It’s here.  If you want to know what’s up with Spotify, America, Kreayshawn, humble brags, and sax solos, then you have to check it out.

In other news, we’re challenging everyone to go to secretshowforjapan.com and donate to MFR / Save The Children to help kids affected by the situation in Japan.  The contest isn’t secret, but the location of the show is–and I think it’s the smallest venue we’ve played in half a decade, maybe more.  Anyone able to raise $500 will receive 2 tickets to the show.  There are special prizes for the top fundraisers, as well.  Just go to the website and start a fundraising page.

Other than that, I’m still writing.  I got a new keyboard, the OP-1 by Teenage Engineering.  Check it out:

mike

Video: Phoenix in Haiti (Music For Relief)

May 26, 2011
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LPU Announcement

April 27, 2011

We’ve been promising some new LPU news for a while.  With all the Transformers news, MFR events, video shooting, and studio sessions going on, it’s been tough to make it happen.

It looks like that announcement is finally on its way.  Look for an email by the end of next week.  Don’t get your hopes up, though.  It’s probably nothing very special or interesting.

In other news, if you haven’t seen the photos of Phoenix’s trip to Haiti, check them out HERE.  Talk to you soon.

mike

T-SHIRTS TO BENEFIT SURVIVORS OF THE DISASTER IN JAPAN

March 23, 2011

Click here to purchase.

mike

MFR T-Shirts To Benefit Japan

March 14, 2011

Based on the voting, it seems you guys liked both designs for the MFR t-shirt…so we decided to do both!

They are now for sale on the official Linkin Park web store. Proceeds from these t-shirts will be donated to Music for Relief to help survivors of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami.

Click here to purchase: http://linkinpark.shop.bravadousa.com/Dept.aspx?cp=40873_42463

You can also also text ‘MFR’ to 85944 to donate $10 to Tsunami Relief or click here to donate online.

NOTE: The butterfly design WILL be offered in men’s sizes as well! Stay tuned!

mike