With Linkin Park in the recording studio for the second half of 2016, fans have been anticipating a new album release. In a recent Q&A, Mike Shinoda was on YouTube live at the Agenda Trade Show to discuss the latest in LP news. He answers some fan questions, some specifically about the album.
[Transcribed by Alternative Nation]
“New Linkin Park is on the way. We are wrapping it up. I can’t tell you when yet. That’s a little bit of a surprise but um, not too long. New album? I can’t tell you what it sounds like. I can tell you you’re going to be surprised. You gotta expect the unexpected. Don’t expect what you’ve heard before. So there’s that.”
After some talk about their fan club, Shinoba continues…
“One thing you guys should know I’ve been in the studio so much. I was doing like probably like 50 hours a week in the studio. I was in the studio so much it’s like all I did and I started feeling really out of shape and I felt bad. So I started getting back in the gym this morning.”
Shinoba speaks in the past tense about the recording process; perhaps it’s complete.
“I can’t give you an album preview, I know that’s what you’re asking. All the making of the album, and the teasers and all that stuff, it’ll happen when it happens. It could happen tomorrow, it could happen in a week, it could happen in 3 weeks. You never know. We’re working on the art. We’re working on everything that goes with it. Today we’re talking with our team about doing some shirts, hoodies, other fun stuff.”
“We might have some featured artists on the album, we’ll see. Actually I can say ‘yes’ there will be at least one featured artist. Actually one of things you should know is we actually worked with other people on the writing process so even if it’s a featured artist in terms of some of the sounds or something like that, that’s something that we did. I mean it’s still us. It’s self-produced, the band, really Brad and I produced it. We’re driving the ship, so it’s not in terms of who’s making the music and who’s making the decisions. It’s all us-curated by us at the very least, it’s a Linkin Park record.”
So from Shinoba’s quotes, it feels like we’ll be getting a new Linkin Park album in the very near future.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) January 6, 2017