Warner Recorded Music have recruited Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda to serve as their new Community Innovation Advisor. The musician will be working with the company’s leadership and business development teams on their “artist-centric approach to Web3.”
Warner Recorded Music CEO Max Lousada commented:
“Central to our DNA at Warner is that we start with the artist experience. A passionate creative who’s deeply embedded in the rapidly evolving world of Web3, Mike’s perspective here will be invaluable. As we continue to accelerate deals and build out our expertise across the company, together we’ll navigate the possibilities at the intersection of music and technology with thoughtfulness and authenticity — to the benefit of our entire musical community.”
“There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to Web3; every artist and community is unique. Warner has made some strong first steps in this space, and I look forward to playing a role in further exploration — supporting artists in creating new opportunities, and connecting with fans in unimaginable new ways.”
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has released a new “generative NFT mixtape” called “Ziggurats.“ You can read more about that HERE. The musical composition features four tracks including: “Genius Bar,” “Richard Bachman,” “Cheat Codes,” and “Ctrl C Ctrl V.”
“I’m thrilled to see all the beautiful #ZIGGURATS out in the world an in people’s Twitter profiles. Thank you. A couple notes below, about variety, identity, and community. To see and hear all the variety in the pieces, the best place to go is https://ziggurats.xyz/#/gallery. One thing I hadn’t mentioned before is: while making the art, I loved mixing and matching bodies and faces to create different identities. They can read as male, female, non-binary…whatever you think they look like, that’s what they are.
There, you can shop for one that speaks to you and fits in your price range. Or, if you’re not interested in buying, you can just browse to collection and enjoy the art. This way, I hoped to allow different people to buy something that spoke to them in a way that other collections hadn’t. I also decided to make the skin colors non-human, so that human race didn’t apply. All of those things said, I hope you got something you connected with, and I hope you enjoy the project. Make sure to use it as your profile pictures!”
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) has announced that his new music and art NFT release, “Ziggurats,” will be available on December 3. He said the following about that:
“ZIGGURATS is a music + art release, available as NFT and on streaming services. The NFT images are in “profile pic” style. When you mint an NFT, you get a randomly generated character as your “album cover.” Here are some closeups of some of the possibilities (these are not the actual cover art) There will be 5000 unique NFTs, with different art and different music (but same vocals).
NFT public mint: December 2
Streaming: December 3″
Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda have released a new collaborative track titled “In Defiance.” Heafy commented:
“‘In Defiance‘ produced by Mike Shinoda is finally here! Stream it on repeat for the rest of all time! Arigato Shinoda-san for making this tune sound unlike anything I’ve ever created.
Production, programming: Mike Shinoda
Vocals, guitars: Matthew K Heafy
Art: Half Sumo“
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) has premiered a new video for his latest single “Happy Endings.” As previously reported, that track features Iann Dior and Upsahl.
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) has premiered a new song titled “Happy Endings.” This track features Iann Dior and Upsahl and a lyric video for it can be found below:
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Trivium’s Matt Heafy are planning to collaborate on a new song via Twitch. The session will take place on February 8 at 10:00am PDT / 01:00pm EDT.
“I got Matt’s blessing to get weird with the track too. We’re not gonna just make a metal track. We’re not gonna make a Trivium track. If you wanted a Trivium track you could just get a Trivium track. You could go to Matt’s channel and get that. So I’m gonna take his vocal, and even his guitar, and chop them into little tiny bits and run them through a meat grinder and then we’re gonna make a track out of it. I don’t even know what we’re gonna make.”
“The track he sent is so… it’s, like, EPIC! It’s very, like, Matt standing on a mountaintop with a falcon on his wrist who flies away and collects the bones of enemy clans, enemy warriors.”
Heafy also tweeted about the collaboration:
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) has invited fans to submit a song for a chance to have him produce their music live on Twitch. He said the following about that:
“For 2021, I wanted to find a way to give back to my amazing community online. I’m looking for vocalists, rappers, and songwriters who need help getting to the next level. If I find someone great, I’ll produce their track, live on my Twitch channel. There’s no formal contest, just an intention. The fans on Twitch will help me find the right vocalists. my only “rules” are 1.) I’m not doing vocals, 2.) I’d like the artist to only contribute vocals and one instrument, nothing filled-out, just the “song,” and 3.) no back-seat producing, the track has to be in my hands until I feel like I’m done. If you want to participate, go talk to the fans on Twitch.tv/OfficialMikeShinoda“
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) has joined forces with blackbear and theultravisitor for a new song titled “I’m Still Fucking Here.” You can stream that below:
While discussing the 20th anniversary of “Hybrid Theory” with Metal Hammer, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda said that he felt like there was a lack of diversity within rock music until nü-metal came onto the scene. He also added that this was especially true of hair metal, which “felt like very white music.”
Shinoda said the following:
“At the time, if you asked somebody what they were listening to they’d say… ‘Rock. I listen to hip hop. I listen to jazz.’ It wasn’t until five years later they’d say, ‘Everything’. ‘Hybrid Theory‘ did some of that work. It was part of the progression towards breaking down boundaries between styles of music.
I listened to 90% rap music, then I’d look at a lot of rock bands and I’d be like, ‘There’s something too white’ [about it]. That was one of the things that turned me off, especially hair metal. Hair metal felt like very white music and I was growing up in a very diverse city so I didn’t gravitate to it. That didn’t resonate with me. And it wasn’t just about race. I don’t mean the color of skin. I just mean the culture of it. When nü-metal started at the very beginning, it was a very diverse place.’
“There was a moment when that term, nü-metal and what it meant, was actually pretty cool. It’s almost impossible to imagine! I remember when Korn first came out and when Deftones’ first couple of albums came out, and whatever you think about a group like Limp Bizkit, their first album was really raw. There were all these groups like Snot and (hed)p.e., and it wasn’t smart music, but there was something really visceral and culture blending that was important.”