Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda: ‘I Want This Album to Be Our Best’
Linkin Park are moving forward with new music and they've set the bar high. In a new mailing to fans, co-vocalist Mike Shinoda shared one of his personal correspondences with his bandmates in which he stated, "I want this album to be our best."
Shinoda says in the mailing, "I had an epiphany today about the album. Right now, in the studio, the foundations of the songs are there ... I think it's time to shift into the next gear. Let's discover the voice of this album ... I want to get into experimentation mode, get weirder, and record more live instruments ... I said at the beginning, I want this album to be our best. Let's do this! Feel free to give me a call to discuss, or we can talk on Monday. I'm AMPED."
In addition to the sharing of his note with bandmates, Shinoda also recently took part in a 360 degree tour of the band's studio and offered a few more insights on the next release. "We've got basically like vocals and chords, like words and melodies and chords on a lot of our favorites and we've narrowed it down recently to like under 20 hopefully," explains Shinoda toward the beginning of the clip.
In the 360 video seen above, Shinoda takes viewers around the studio, shows off some of their keyboards, computer rigs, guitars and guitar pedals, as well as getting a look at their merch room and a studio area that has a pool table in it.
Toward the end of the clip, he admits that while he initially stated that he thought the band's new album would be out in the second part of 2016, he's not exactly sure when it will be complete. "We're doing our best," explained Shinoda. At present, there are no tour dates on the band's schedule as they focus on completing the disc.
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