Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda confirms working on solo album
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Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda has confirmed that he is working on a new solo album. According to The PRP, Shinoda took to social media to invite fans to an impromptu meet-up near the old Tower Records building in Hollywood. Shinoda wrote, "Who wants to meet up and be in a music video? I’m shooting something for my solo album at 8:30 in Hollywood tonight. In 45 minutes. Roll thru."
Shinoda told us a while back about the music that played an integral part in his early musical upbringing: "The first albums that I listened to were probably Run-DMC, either King Of Rock or Raising Hell, and Beastie Boys, Licensed To Ill. At the same time, I was studying piano, classical training, and I studied piano for about 10 years. Piano led into keyboard, keyboard led into music production, and at some point I was rapping and making beats."
Shinoda released three new solo tracks as a digital EP in late January. Titled Post Traumatic, the set directly addressed the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington and Shinoda's own anxiety over what would come next.
Shinoda and Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson were recently tagged in an Instagram photo taken at a recording studio, while bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell also shared an in-studio photo that may have been from the same location. It's not clear whether the photos were from sessions for Shinoda's album or if he intends to have his bandmates guest on the LP.
Linkin Park has not officially announced whether the group intends to continuing recording and touring together, following Bennington's suicide last July.
The band staged an emotional all-star tribute concert for the fallen singer last October, and released a concert album in December, titled One More Light Live, which was recorded on their last tour with Bennington.
Story source: The PRP
DID YOU KNOW? Shinoda launched a hip-hop solo project called Fort Minor in 2004, releasing its debut album The Rising Tied in November 2005. He issued a single titled "Welcome" under that name in 2015, and has also played some Fort Minor sets on Linkin Park tours.