Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Thoughts on Metal Press Changed A Bit in Last Years

Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda shares his thoughts on metal press changed a little in the last two decades. He also added rock and metal community bound as “fundamentalist” always been.

He is the co-founder member of Linkin Park in 1996. Also, Mike Shinoda is another of the band’s vocalists, as well as a rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, primary songwriter, and producer. After Chester Bennington‘s death in 2017, during this time they suspended all progress about the band. Now the members of the band focus on their project and Shinoda also already released his solo “Dropped Frames, Vol. 3″ last year. You can check it out here.

During the interview with Anthony Fantano, and Mike Shinoda talked about the metal press and music fans:

Anthony started with: “I know a lot of people that put you guys, creatively, in a really weird cross-section because people who would normally be into those groups are typically really snooty when it comes to metal music across the board. Then you’re talking about the metal press who is completely ignorant to the origins of any of those artists or the scenes that their music comes from.”

Mike Shinoda answered: 

“The metal press has changed very little in the last 20 years. They are the fundamentalists that they’ve always been. And you can hate that and be like, ‘Well, that genre is just never evolving.’ Or, there is actually a beauty to that. I remember being 16-17 years old, and when I loved a group, and then I’d see their sticker on some idiot’s folder – I’d love the group less.

“It was not the group’s fault, and I do it because that’s just how my brain worked, and how we acted, as kids. And it was immature but it’s a little noble, you’re just gonna do the exact same thing a million times until you’re so good at it. Maybe I appreciate it because I could never be that person, I could never do the exact same thing over and over and over to get that good.”

Then he also continued about music fans and the internet community:

“I think it’s less of a factor. I don’t pay any attention to the conspiracy part because it’s a small group of people coming up with weird reasons to think the way they think. And the other thing too is there are people who are moving things forward in those same lanes. Just the fact that Poppy has become what she’s become, and what’s that dude’s name… is it Ghostemane? Anyway, the point is I don’t want to go down this weird music critic genre thing.

What you had asked earlier was how do I relate to genre-blending and bending in music now. There was a point at which genre meant a lot, and now genre means nothing. If you start talking about genre, that’s why I get frustrated with what we were just talking about, it’s because I don’t actually care. I don’t really care at all about what genre a thing is, I just want to listen to what I want to listen to based on my mood.”

You can listen to his last album’s “License To Waltz” below!

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