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Mike Shinoda: The Post Traumatic Experience

Hi, guys! It’s Pete here. I am so excited to share with you my interview with no other than Mike Shinoda of the famous American rock band, Linkin Park. He is on the European leg of his album tour that is why I was able to catch him. I was fortunate enough to be granted even a short interview and I cannot wait to share it with you. I am such a fan! He released his album entitled “Post Traumatic” last June 15. This is almost a year after the loss of his bandmate and best friend, Chester Bennington. Let us hear what he has to say about this album, the fate of the band, and his other endeavors.

Pete: So, what was the inspiration behind this album?

Mike: As you all know, this is my way of coping with the death of my beloved friend, Chester. It was really a traumatic experience. I mean one moment, we were all laughing and having a good time. And the following morning, I got a message that Chester was no longer with us. It is very difficult for me to deal with that kind of loss because Chester was like a brother to me.  Then, slowly I found myself writing songs to express all my emotions until I came up with this album. During those times, I also had Home Energy Audit Mesa Az over to our home to ensure our home’s energy efficiency since I spent a lot of time inside the recording studio at home. Music has always offered me relief and I want to share this with the rest of the world who loved Chester or those who have lost a special person in their lives. Please join me in this journey to recovery.

Pete: Many people are wondering about the fate of Linkin Park now that Chester is gone. Are you guys still together?

Mike: Yes, of course. We have been together for more than two decades. We just have different ways of coping with the loss right now but we have plans of getting back together and working on a new album. We have just released our album last year so we are taking a break and finding our own healthy outlets for the pain that we are feeling over the loss of our brother. But we still work together on some projects now and our fans can catch us in our collaborations for the time being.

Pete: That is good to know. I am so relieved to hear that. What do you like best about performing or going on tours?

Mike: I love meeting the fans especially before the show starts. It sets up the mood for the night. I get such an adrenaline rush knowing that there are a lot of people out there who appreciate our music. It reminds me why I am still here. I just love the connection that we share and the history that we have together. We have the best fans all over the world. They have stuck with us through the years and I am more than grateful for that.

So, there you have it. It was short but definitely one of the sweetest moments of my career. Mike Shinoda is the man! Please support his album Post Traumatic which is out now in your favorite record stores.


So you stumbled upon Hidden Tracks

So you stumbled upon Hidden Tracks, the website dedicated to out of the ordinary musical features about your favorite British singers, songwriters, bands, and icons – all of whom made an unquestionable contribution to the music industry.

This page is dedicated to music lovers of all genre – from classical to rock n’ roll, to pop and jazz and rhythm and blues, from country to reggae, to hip-hop and electronic, there is definitely something in here to feed your musical inclinations and desire.
But this is not your ordinary magazine-style reading. This page features unexpected and uncommon developments in the music industry. Articulately written by Pete Paphides, his manner of writing will surely give you a different perspective of the artists that make up the melodies and tunes that we hear over the radio and sing along to.

Pete’s interviews give us more than the question & answer that we have come to expect from this kind of interactions. Pete makes sure that readers are with him inside the action in Texas, in the backstage, or in the hotel lobby where the interview is taking place. He captures candid remarks about everything from the food in Oklahoma City to daily chores like garage door repair in Houston that turn out to define not just the interview but also capture the very personality of the celebrities he has had the pleasure of interviewing. Read his interviews with personalities such as Bee Gees, Ray Davies, Paul Weller, Laura Marling, Randy Newman, R.E.M., Scritti Politti, Midlake, Abba, Clint Mansell, Chas and Dave, Anvil, Marianne Faithfull, Yazoo, Beyonce, Coldplay, Il Divo, and Greek Blues.
In Thinkpieces, Pete shares his thoughts about the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Dave Bowie, Live Aid, feuds among music celebrities, London folk revival, Eurovision song contest, reminiscing cassettes and lining up for hours to buy newly released records, the controversial Simon Cowell, and other issues that affect the music industry.

You can also read honest to goodness record reviews about Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I am, That’s what I’m Not, Atoms for Peace: Amok, Daniel Knox’s self-titled album, Morrissey: Vauxhall and I, R.E.M.: Fables of the Reconstruction, Christina Aguilera: Bionic, and Jedward: Planet Jedward. Pete reviews each album and single, what’s worth your money, what single or track is worth listening to, and what is totally a waste of airtime.

Longplayer episodes feature artists such as Hank Marvin, Simon Napier-Bell, Allen Toussaint, David Arnold, Linda Thompson, Paddy McAloon, Lloyd Cole, Neil Finn, Clint Mansell, and Jimmy Webb who are all recognized singers and songwriters and whose staying power and longevity in the music business cannot be refuted. Their vast experience in the industry led them to work with different artists, dwell on different projects and this makes Pete thirst for more information about the tiny details of their illustrious career and their most daring exploits towards achieving the critically-acclaimed stature of fame and success. They have faced various odds, highs and lows in their careers, and risen to the challenge. Indeed, there is innovation in music. Pete takes us back to the golden age of British music hoping this generation can learn a thing or two about it. Pete shows how British music influenced Hollywood and received due accolades in prestigious award-giving bodies like the Grammy and Oscars. These are legends who have left their mark in the industry.

There are also live reviews, mixes, footages, music events, and recommendations for websites where you can get your music high for whatever genre you crave for.

Enjoy reading! Long live music!