Free Linkin Park Song: “Complimentary” by Mike Shinoda for Stagelight

December 10, 2012

With Stagelight now out for Windows, a number of you guys are checking it out. This week, I wanted to do something special for all our early adopters who are helping us spread the word: I made you guys a song.

This session can be downloaded and opened in Stagelight on Windows 7 or 8. It’s not an audio file and doesn’t contain any audio so (for now) only Stagelight users get to hear it.

For those of you who haven’t checked it out yet: Stagelight is a new music-making program designed by Open Labs and me. It’s the result of years of testing on stage and in the studio. With it, anyone at any level can make a great song in as little as a few minutes. It’s powerful and it’s simple, and you can buy it for only $10 HERE.

Again, thank you for being the first to check out Stagelight.

Download COMPLIMENTARY here: http://smarturl.it/LP_StageLight

PS: I’m leaving today for Dell World in Austin; keep an eye out for footage online!

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

The Number One, Twitter Responses, and a New Linkin Park Video Game.

July 8, 2012

I wanted to take a moment to respond to a couple things online that caught my eye. These responses seemed worth more time than a tweet, so I collected them for answers here.

1.) First off, thanks to the fans for making LIVING THINGS #1 in the U.S. this week. Billboard says that LP now holds the record for the most consecutive #1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart since the year 2000. A surprising bit of trivia, though: the five albums are Meteora, Collision Course, Minutes To Midnight, A Thousand Suns, and LIVING THINGS…Hybrid Theory, although it did stay in the Billboard Top 100 for over 100 weeks, peaked at #2, and never made it to #1.

mike

Help me with LP Radio

December 8, 2011

Hey guys. I’m going to updating our station at IHeartRadio soon. I need some ideas about what to do.

Post some ideas, questions you want answered, etc. below…

 

EDIT: For those of you outside the US, can’t you listen to it at the link?  It’s here:

http://www.iheartradio.com/cc-common/news/sections/special/linkinpark/?_show

mike

New Linkin Park Remixes, Courtesy of LPA Fan Site

November 23, 2011

From LPAssociation.com…The fan site is doing a monthly remix contest.  In their words:

“October’s Monthly Mix-Up proved to be one of our most diverse and creative months in terms of overall entries. By giving Linkin Park fans the challenge of converting Linkin Park’s hard rock stadium anthems into heart-pounding dance pop tracks, musicians were forced to take Linkin Park’s music in an unconventional direction, with many experimenting with this style of music for the first time ever. While some found the genre too difficult to participate, we managed to get quite a few amazing entries and we’re very encouraged by the amount of diversity shown by participants in our October challenge, which proved to be one hard month to judge. However; without further ado we would like to name October’s Official Winners (and Runners Up!)”

Go here to check out these great tracks:

http://www.lpassociation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35051

mike

Responses To Comments: 3G Auto-Off Mode

October 31, 2011

These comments are updated, from the comments on my last post:

dcl1982 on October 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm:
Larry King had an episode on this issue a few years ago. Consequently, I started seeing a whole bunch of people using blue-tooth.
M: From what I’ve now read, a bluetooth earpiece emits less radiation.  But an even safer way to go is a wired earpiece with a ferrite bead or just plain old speakerphone…Or no cel phone.

L. on October 29, 2011 at 10:33 am:
hey Mike, my iPhone switches to wifi if i’ve turned on the setting that remembers wifi networks that i’ve previously connected to. doesn’t that mean that 3G is off already? =/

M: I don’t think so.  If you see the 3G or phone icon at the top (even if the WiFi icon turns on) then your 3G is still enabled.  Your phone may be choosing to use WiFi for most functions, but it’s not guaranteed. 

Also, keep in mind that if you have fewer bars, your phone is working harder to get signal, and therefore is emitting more radiation.

 

kathyxx on October 29, 2011 at 9:49 am:
This is actually a difficult subject as the media puts a lot of muddle into it. The best way to become an expert on the subject is to skip the media, skip the anecdotes, and go straight to the scientific white papers. The ones with all the big complicated words in them. As far as KATHYxx knows, the dangers of cell phone radiation is exaggerated by media (Media lied about vaccines/autism. The sun is a more dangerous source of radiation. AM/FM radio waves are harmless, and I think each other type of protocol are using different strengths.  BUT I am no expert in radiation. Talk to me about computer science, but otherwise, go to Google Scholar and read the abstract and conclusions

M: This isn’t about media, to me. The W.H.O. made a statement about this, which I take seriously. Besides, I would rather weigh statements by reputable international sources than dive into the internet abyss, trying to pretend I can decipher scientific papers.

 

…And there was this exchange, on Twitter, between me and someone I’ve never met:

DrAwesome37: @m_shinoda in the second sentence of the second paragraph, you spelled cell with only one “l”, just thought you should know :-)

m_shinoda: @DrAwesome37, you forgot to punctuate your name.

@DrAwesome37: @m_shinoda I’m a fifteen year old boy, you’re a rockstar petitioning to change the OS for the most used phone in the world.

@m_shinoda: @m_shinoda is now following @drawesome37

@m_shinoda: @DrAwesome37 Even though I have no idea who you are, I’m going to follow you for a month, and see what happens.

(Follow me & the conversation on Twitter, here)

mike

Responses To Comments: Maschine (and recording)

September 8, 2011

1oo71: Would you recommend it as a first piece of equipment, or should beginners get something simpler?

M: I think the Maschine Mikro might be a good starter…it’s $400 US, which is a pretty good deal, considering what you get.  The sound library it comes with is really good, BTW.  So you’ll be starting with a big library of good sounds, and you can start adding your own from there.

counter17: Hey Mike just wanted to know. What kind of monitors do you use for your home studio? Thnx

M: I switch between Adam A-7s and Mackie HR 824s.

kytheram: mike what did you use to make the beats on reanimation?

M: I made most of my beats and loops right in ProTools at that time.  Just clipped little sounds and laid them out in grid mode.

Radyo Plexus: Mike, if I would put my own personal studio, what would you suggest in terms of the analogue consoles and recorders? Thanx!

M: If you’re a beginner, I wouldn’t recommend going analogue right away.  Digital recording is cheaper and provides beginners with a lot of experience, since most of the software packages come with bundles of plug-ins / effects (so if you don’t know a lot about how compressors, EQs, gates, reverbs, delays, etc. work, you’ll get to play around with all of them).  Analogue recording means you need to buy tape, which you need to get every time you want to record.  Plus the tapes pile up in your closet as you make new stuff.  But if those things don’t sound like deterrents, analogue recording is a lot of fun.  Great, warm sound, and it tends to limit you to a certain number of tracks, which can be a good challenge.

DerekOswald made this awesome remix and video, which I wanted to share.

And finally, don’t forget to tune in to LinkinPark.com in a few hours to catch the inexplicable A THOUSAND HORIZONS, streaming in augmented reality…go to the site now to register and be ready to watch.
http://www.linkinpark.com/

mike

Why Don’t You Care About Me: The Vocal Minority, and Members vs. Non-Members

June 28, 2011

A couple weeks ago, the following message caught my eye on Twitter:

“LPUers r ‘First class fans’ cause they fuckin pay.the other fans r nothing to you,cause we dont pay,huh?PISSED OFF! @linkinpark @m_shinoda”

Quick recap: LPU is the Linkin Park fan organization.  It costs $60 for a year-long membership.  The details of what you get with membership are listed here.  I assume the “first class fan” part was in reference to a comment the band made at some point.  This person appears to be very (10 out of 10) upset.

It’s sometimes hard to read the nuances of intended emotion in a typed blog post, so I’ll be very clear that I’m not angry, nor do I feel defensive as I write this.  I’m calmly sitting in a hotel room on tour, with a cup of coffee and a couple pieces of toast.  And this tweet got me thinking about something that’s bigger than the “who is the best fan” question.

So, let’s answer the tweet!

mike

How do we give you what you want?

June 20, 2011

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”
-Mark Twain

In our band, there are many moments that help define–to us and you–who we are as a group.  With each of those moments, we weigh a myriad of factors–how we felt about it, what the fans’ reactions were, how it affected the band in broad or specific terms.  Is this music interesting?  Should we curse on that song?  Should we tour with this band?  Should we put our song in that movie?

Each time we enter a new phase of the band, we rely on our own sense of what we like, and mix it with the opinions of people whose opinions we trust and value.

This is one of those times.

At the link below, you’ll find a list of questions.  It only takes a few moments to fill out.  But by doing so, you could–quite literally–be helping define the future of Linkin Park.  Let us know who you are and what you want.  As an added bonus, one person will receive an autographed A THOUSAND SUNS box set.

Thank you.  Click here:

http://bit.ly/kRJNAN

mike

Playing Your Music On LP Radio

June 12, 2011

OK, it took a while to listen through all the great submissions in response to my earlier post about adding your music on LP Radio.  Thanks for all the amazing submissions.  I had three favorites, in no particular order…

OMNISCIENT FEAT. SKAM 2

If you’re going to mix rap and rock, you have to do something a little extra to catch my attention.  This track by Omniscient & Skam2 has it.

Listen to the track here:
http://www.okayplayer.com/news/Audio-Omniscient-To-Be-A-Legend-feat.-Skam2-.html

or download it here:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/hllpn95py81cupp/Omniscient-To_Be_A_Legend_feat_Skam2.mp3

JORGEN LANDE

Another great song was posted by Duragon; his friend Jorgen’s “Pieces Of Me (For Mini)” is here:
http://www.nrk.no/urort/Laat/352530/default.aspx#top

MISSING SHIPS

One of my favorites was Missing Ships “Forget Me, Forgive Me.”  I’m definitely putting this track on our station.  Here’s what it sounds like.  By the way, the image above is their mixtape / album, which can be found here.

Thanks again to everyone who took time to post about their music.  You’ll be hearing these and more on our radio station.

mike