Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda will make his debut solo performance at this year’s edition of Japan’s Summer Sonic festival, set to take place August 18-19th. Also scheduled to perform are Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Beck, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nickelback, Greta Van Fleet, St. Vincent, Chance the Rapper, and many others.
Shinoda recently released an EP titled Post Traumatic, with songs inspired by the death of Chester Bennington. Below the poster you can read Shinoda’s thoughts on Linkin Park’s future.
Mike Shinoda has announced that Linkin Park have every intention to continue following Chester Bennington’s death in a new Twitter Q&A.
“I have every intention on continuing with LP, and the guys feel the same. We have a lot of rebuilding to do, and questions to answer, so it’ll take time.”
He also discussed his new Post Traumatic solo EP.
“I have a bunch of songs; some are more finished than others. I wanted to release these three today and see what the fans want me to do next. If you like these, I’ll keep going.”
“[Looking For An Answer] still exists, I just want to figure out the right presentation! I made a version of it with lots of cool sounds, but that seemed to take away from the power of the song. Maybe I restart with piano only…?”
“My friend said the videos are “cinema verite.” Shot in a way that doesn’t obscure the fact that they’re real life. The music is that way too. The car horn was audible on the mic when I was trying to record, which was super annoying.”
“On this project, I’m trying to work ‘in the moment.’ I record a vocal or shoot a video while I’m feeling something. For example, I wrote and recorded verse one of “over again” on the day of the Bowl show, and did verse two the day after.”
“And I wanted to put this out as soon as possible because I’m living it, and a lot of other people are living it, too. I want people to see and hear it as soon as I complete each thing.”
“There are lots of artists I’m friends with, and artists I don’t know who I admire. If I invite anyone to be a part of this process, it’ll have to be based on a mutual understanding of the concept—they have to have lived it to speak / sing / rap / paint on it.”
“Grief is so personal, and I thought that a D.I.Y., autobiographical format made the most sense. So I shot & edited everything in the videos myself. I‘m planning to continue doing it this way until it doesn’t feel right anymore, or until the work becomes too much.”