James Wilson-Taylor Rock Sound recently interviewed LINKIN PARK singer Mike Shinoda. You can view the entire chat below. Follow a few fragments (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
About the reaction of the fan to his debut solo album, "Posttraumatic":
Mike: "It's great, it's really fun, it's almost like I was hoping to some extent, as I hoped it would have this connection with people, not just my story, not just what happened last year, but their story, you know what I mean? That actually happened, it's always a good feeling. Part of it is because I've done a few shows now and the shows, I play the new stuff, I play a bit FORT MINOR, a few LINKIN PARK things and just the feeling, the shows are fun and they also have a weight for them, as a gravity for them, as a little bit different, which is nice. "
Whether he is surprised by the "catharsis" reactions he gets to play LINKIN PARK songs live like "Finally":
Mike: "I do not think it surprises me, but I think it was better than I thought, recently I played a very small one, it was like a 600-place location in New York and it was bad, it was even more energetic than the KROQ show. & # 39; Eventually & # 39; was very energetic that night. It is something that, while I play more shows, I am a whole new experience. First and foremost, only do things on my own, there is a lot of newness, there are surprises around every corner. It keeps it exciting and it is also open to a lot of spontaneity. "
About whether his live shows include more political undertones:
Mike: "When it seems appropriate, if it is something that I feel I want to talk about, I have brought it a little bit, I still have a number that LINKIN PARK number that is mentioned & # 39; Hands Held High & # 39;, which is almost a stream of consciousness when Bush, George W., was president and the other night I felt that, so I played those two numbers in a row. I did it & # 39; Hands Held High & # 39; version a capella, then I played & # 39; Kenji & # 39;. Part of it is on twitter that day and reading and going, & Oh; my god! This is so crazy. & # 39; Other times it's all about it, it's just about certain things you go through during the day and want to play certain songs. Sitting in a band, you do not have to do that much. Like, if you have six people in the band, if one or two of them are not willing to play a song, then you just can not play it. I can text anyone that day & # 39; and and say: "Boys, I really want to play this song on this day because I blah blabla. Please, can you be ready to play it tonight? & # 39; If the boys can not, if our drummer does not have his drums in the room, the answer is probably no. "
About his future plans for his solo career:
Mike"The focus now is on exploring all the things I can explore with it, which almost seems like I'm dodging the question, but the truth is that it's a journey without purpose, they're so simple that they seem almost boring, like it would be a goal to have the feeling that I know what my live set should look like and feel.At the moment it is still changing and I am still just an artist and a person who likes to get things right I feel like I'm still figuring out what it's supposed to be, and of course we're still promoting the music and still bringing it to people, I think there are people who are afraid to listen to it. & # 39; Posttraumatic & # 39; because it sounds dark and heavy, which may be the case, but I feel like they have to know if the album might start there, but it does not stop there. As it is, it is like a diary and this year it started in a dark place but ends up in a place that is light and more open. So the open does that. So, if I can tell it and hopefully that is a message of hope to fans, then I have to say old fans, or possibly people who are fans. Other than that, I am open to suggestions.[[[[laughs]
Shinoda played his first solo shows since the death of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington on May 12 in the KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles and May 13 in the Identity LA festival, also in L.A. Shinoda puréed some LINKIN PARK songs together with his solo material, sing a number of Chester Bennington& # 39; s parts of numbers like "Bleed It Out". He played "Finally" on piano and let the fans sing the most Chesterhis vocal chords, although he sometimes came in and sang his parts.