In a wide ranging video interview with MusicRadar above, Mike Shinoda reflects on the early days of Linkin Park with Chester Bennington and also goes in-depth on the gear he used to record his pioneering new collaborative album, Dropped Frames Vol. Shinoda hosts a vibrant community of thousands on the Twitch platform and began creating music live in collaboration with his fans from around the world during quarantine. Shinoda's commitment to a daily livestream and making music four days a week has resulted in Dropped Frames Vol. But as MusicRadar's Amit Sharma talked to Shinoda via Zoom in the musician's home studio about the process and gear he used to make the project reality, there was also time to look back too on one of the greatest collaborators of his life; late Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. I feel like we didn't even know the extent, meaning he and I, when we met and started writing together and experimenting with how he would fit into the band. We would work on new material. It was '99 maybe, or '98 and we'd work on new material and see what directions we could push his voice. At the time he was still developing his own identity as a singer. So one minute he's Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode and the next minute he's Layne Staley and I'm like, "You just saying an 'r' and then you sang an 'arrr" and you're not that you're not even from the same country right now.
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He co-founded Linkin Park in and is one of the band's vocalists, as well as rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, primary songwriter and producer. Shinoda later created a hip-hop-driven side project, Fort Minor , in Chester Bennington replaced Wakefield as the lead vocalist in The band later signed a record deal with Warner Bros Records. Shinoda is also the co-founder of Machine Shop Records , a California-based record label. Outside of music, Shinoda is an artist and graphic designer.
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Having taken suggestions and feedback on the direction of the music from fans who tuned into his Twitch livestreams, the Linkin Park musician ended up creating a project based on pure collaboration. I can make so much cool stuff. We were about to say that it beats wasting hours on Animal Crossing , but even that made its way into the record somehow. The last song on this album is a joke. The fans challenged me to make a song in the style of Panic!