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.