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Mike Shinoda (2015)

Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, record producer, and artist. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, and co-vocalist. Shinoda later created a hip hop-driven side project, Fort Minor, in 2003. He served as a producer for tracks and albums by Lupe Fiasco, Styles of Beyond, and The X-Ecutioners. Shinoda is also the co-founder of Machine Shop Recordings, a California-based record label. Outside of music, Shinoda is an artist and graphic designer. He has painted several pieces of artwork, some of which have been featured in the Japanese American National Museum.

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About the Mike Shinoda Interview

My short bio:

Hey guys, Mike Shinoda here, from Linkin Park. I like long walks on the beach, short walks off long cliffs, and medium-length intros about what I’m about to be doing.

A little bit about me:

  • I can’t touch my shoulders with my hands unless I cross them (right hand can’t touch right shoulder, left can’t touch left).

  • The only bone I’ve broken is my pinky toe, which I happened when I slammed it into a wall while turning a corner too closely because I was running to the bathroom.

  • I started an NES gamer club in junior high called “NINTENDOL, where the only rule was that you be able to finish any NES game you played in 7 days or less from the time you opened the package. We all drew the letter “L” on our consoles in red.

  • I drew and painted obsessively growing up, and invented my own casts of characters for Mega Man, Metroid, Super Mario, and a handful of Dungeons and Dragons characters (shout out to Jeff Easley).

  • I can’t do a safety float on my back in the water; my legs sink and I go under far enough that my nose is submerged.

  • I once made a demo tape of joke gangsta rap songs called “Pooch Pound” that included a song called “North Coast Killa” where we executed all our Canadian gangsta rivals.

  • Lastly, I have a side-project called Fort Minor, and I recently released a song and 360 video called “WELCOME”.

I’ll be answering your questions for the next 60 minutes, so ask me anything about music, tech, drawing, painting, snowboarding, basketball, Music For Relief, or whatever else comes to mind. Excited to talk to you guys!

My Proof: https://instagram.com/p/6SmCbODmTp/


Hey guys, thanks so much for all the great questions. We leave for Europe this week, see you guys at the shows. And thank you for supporting Linkin Park and Fort Minor. And thanks for the support on WELCOME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REAwGmv0Fuk (make sure to watch on your phone in the YouTube app for the 360 experience)


Mike Shinoda Aug 12, 2015