Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) Releases New “Generative NFT Mixtape” “Ziggurats”

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.”

Shinoda commented:

“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!”

AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Gojira, Etc. Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2022 Grammy Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on January 31.

Rock and metal artists are featured in the following categories:

Best Metal Performance:

* Deftones – “Genesis“
* Gojira – “Amazonia“
* Mastodon – “Pushing The Tides“
* Rob Zombie – “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)“
* Dream Theater – “The Alien“

Best Rock Album:

* AC/DC – “Power Up“
* Chris Cornell – “No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1“
* Foo Fighters – “Medicine At Midnight“
* Paul McCartney – “McCartney III“
* Black Pumas – “Capitol Cuts — Live From Studio A“

Best Rock Song:

* Foo Fighters – “Waiting On A War“
* Mammoth WVH – “Distance“
* Weezer – “All My Favorite Songs“
* Kings Of Leon – “The Bandit“
* Paul McCartney – “Find My Way“

Best Rock Performance:

* Deftones – “Ohms“
* Foo Fighters – “Making A Fire“
* Chris Cornell – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Prince cover)
* AC/DC – “Shot In The Dark“
* Black Pumas – “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)

Best Remixed Recording:

* “Passenger” (Mike Shinoda Remix); Mike Shinoda, remixer (Deftones); track from: “White Pony” (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
* “Back To Life” (Booker T Kings of Soul Satta Dub); Booker T, remixer (Soul II Soul)
* “Born For Greatness” (Cymek Remix); Spencer Bastin, remixer (Papa Roach); track from: “Greatest Hits Vol. 2 The Better Noise Years”
* “Constant Craving” (Fashionably Late Remix); Tracy Young, remixer (K.D. Lang)
* “Inside Out” (3SCAPE DRM REMIX); 3SCAPE DRM, remixer (Zedd and Griff)
* “Met Him Last Night” (Dave Audé Remix); Dave Audé, remixer (Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande)
* “Talks” (Mura Masa Remix); Alexander Crossan, remixer (PVA)

Best Immersive Audio Album:

* “The Future Bites,” Jake Fields and Steven Wilson, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, immersive producer (Steven Wilson)
* “Alicia,” George Massenburg and Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ann Mincieli, immersive producer (Alicia Keys)
* “Clique,” Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Jim Anderson, immersive producer (Patricia Barber)
* “Fine Line,” Greg Penny, immersive mix engineer; Greg Penny, immersive mastering engineer; Greg Penny, immersive producer (Harry Styles)
* “Stille Grender,” Morten Lindberg, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask and Det Norske Jentekor)

Best Music Video:

* AC/DC – “Shot In The Dark“
* Jon Batiste – “Freedom“
* Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “I Get A Kick Out Of You“
* Justin Bieber (feat. Daniel Caesar) – “Peaches“
* Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever“
* Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)“

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

* ‘Soul‘ – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross
* ‘Bridgerton‘ – Kris Bowers
* ‘Dune‘ – Hans Zimmer
* ‘The Mandalorian: Season 2 — Vol. 2‘ (Chapters 13-16) – Ludwig Göransson
* ‘The Queen’s Gambit‘ – Carlos Rafael Rivera

Best Alternative Music Album:

* Halsey, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power“
* Japanese Breakfast – “Jubilee“
* Arlo Parks – “Collapsed In Sunbeams“
* St. Vincent – “Daddy’s Home“
* Fleet Foxes – “Shore“

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) Announces New Music & Art NFT Release “Ziggurats”

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″

Mike Shinoda Says Linkin Park Don’t Have The “Emotional And Creative Math” Worked Out To Return

During an appearance on “Tuna On Toast With Stryker,” Mike Shinoda was asked about the possibility of a Linkin Park reunion. He responded by saying that the band still don’t have the “emotional and creative math” worked out to make a return following the tragic death of Chester Bennington.

Shinoda said the following:

“For me, I’m like, okay physically I could still tour. That part’s good. Hopefully that doesn’t change any time soon. But now is not the time [for Linkin Park‘s return]. We don’t have the focus on it. We don’t have the math worked out. And I don’t mean that by financially math, I mean that like emotional and creative math.”

He also dismissed the idea of touring with a hologram:

“Negative a million percent. I hate the idea of doing a Linkin Park hologram thing. It’s awful.”

[via Metal Hammer]

Trivium’s Matt Heafy & Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Team Up For New Song “In Defiance”

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“

Linkin Park, DragonForce, Chthonic, Etc. Members Speak Out On Anti-Asian Violence And Experiences With Racism

As part of a new piece for Heavy Consequence, members of Linkin Park, DragonForce, Chthonic, Sinergy, and more recently discussed anti-Asian violence and their experiences with racism. You can find the full article HERE and read some excerpts below.

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park):

“In general, just not having any Asian role models in music meant I didn’t have anyone to look up to in that way. But more specifically, our A&R once asked us to stop using a certain logo because it ‘looked like a sticker for an Asian car club.’”

Herman Li (Dragonforce):

“I remember doing a show with Atreyu, on an off day during Ozzfest, and someone threatened me and wanted to beat me up after the show was over. There was no real reason, it was just outside in the carpark.

“There aren’t that many Asian guitar players, Chinese [guitar players], it’s even less. Another experience, before Dragonforce got big, I used to get phone calls at my house almost every single day, sometimes at 4:00 a.m., sometimes at 7:00 p.m., of someone making a funny accent and insulting me and just prank calling me and it went on for months. I had to get the police involved, they couldn’t trace the number.

“All of these things that happened, but I was able to channel that energy to make a stronger self and to make Dragonforce more successful. I think the metal scene is in denial of racism in it. I have so many crazy stories but we don’t really talk about it and when I do interviews I’m not ever asked about it because they think it doesn’t exist.”

Freddie Lim (Chthonic):

“In 2013, when we toured the U.S., there were allegedly Chinese students who sent threatening letters to our booking agent and tour manager saying they will kill us when we’re onstage — that was a bad experience. But we decided to go on with the show and not give a shit about them. It could have been Chinese students studying in the U.S. or hired hands by the Chinese government – we’re not sure if it’s really Chinese students or not [who wrote the letters].”

Kimberly Goss (Sinergy):

“Recently I had someone tell me to, ‘Go back to North Korea you f**king gook’ in a direct message on Instagram. I remember one time on tour with another band I played in, some guys were harassing me outside the venue, mocking some Asian accent and laughing at me. Then they saw me onstage and asked for my autograph after the concert. I looked at them and did the same mock-Asian accent and said, ‘I no understand you.’ In person, it was rare, but online I definitely used to read comments from people referring to me with Asian slurs. They usually got shut down pretty fast by other fans, though, so that restored my faith in humanity.”

[via MetalSucks]

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) Premieres New Song “Happy Endings” Featuring Iann Dior & 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 & Trivium’s Matt Heafy To Collaborate On New Track Via Twitch

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.

Shinoda commented:

“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) Offers To Produce Fans’ Music Live On Twitch

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