chester @ rolling stone

13 04 2007

*note* post on what i’ve done has been updated! you now can see the mtv of this rocking song right here at µ:zik!*

interesting answers and slight sneaks into minutes to midnight =] more info on their upcoming 3rd (4th if you count reamination) album here

So how did you guys decide to hook up with Rick Rubin? Was that your idea or did he approach you?
We — the band — made a list of people we wanted to work with. Rick is somebody we wanted to work with since we started making records. If you don’t think about working with Rick Rubin then you’re probably an idiot, you know what I mean? We decided to approach him, and after meeting with him we didn’t even bother with meeting with anybody else. He seemed really into shaking things up as far as what we were going to do musically and lyrically. We were looking for a new direction and we knew he was going to get us there.

Which of the songs best encapsulates the results of working with Rubin?

“In Between” is a track that probably best captures what I’m talking about, It’s a song that just starts out with a cello. There’s literally a cello and a little sample beat. A piece of a beat. And Mike comes in and he sings the whole song.

He sings, he doesn’t rap?
Right, he’s singing the whole song, it’s a very heartfelt, beautiful track,and its something no one would expect on a Linkin Park record.

Was it lyrically inspired by you know your Music for Relief charity for the tsunami?
The thing about this record we have made some observations on our perspective of things, we don’t want to preach or get into politics or what ever, we are at an age where we’re paying attention to that more in our lives.

So what kind of ideas did Ruben have that you guys really like and what ones did you try that he threw your way and you guys just really couldn’t go for?
We took everything Rick said to heart. We have a lot of respect for him and he’s got great taste in music and a really good ear so if he was like, ‘Let’s try this beat,’ we really tried everything. We took every challenge and worked on it, that’s the reason we wrote close to a hundred and fifty songs, and narrowed it down to 12 tracks on our record.

How did you whittle them down? Was there a grading system?
There’s a grading system for everything and there’s also a voting. We graded everything, voted, graded them again and voted again and that process just happened throughout. It was very tedious. Sometimes democracy felt like it wasn’t a very good idea, but the end result was that we all walked away with a record that was lyrically stronger, very musical, really well written. think [we all looked at Rick] and thought we could live with this one. This one’s good.

Does Mike do a lot of singing on the album? Because the songs I’ve heard are largely you singing.
Mikes was like, ‘I wrote myself out of the record.’ There’s not a lot of Mike on this record — there’s a couple of songs he’s rapping on, he has a couple of songs he’s singing on, he’s singing a lot of harmonies and playing a lot of guitar. And, you know he produced this record as well, so it was interesting. I questioned that early on, like, ‘Hey there what are you doing? Maybe we should try some rapping or more of you.’ And he was like ‘No, no, no. This is all you dude.’ It was almost like after awhile we just stopped paying attention to him. We were just writing songs.


saw the hair. hahaha. the poser days. 

for the daft ones out there (me included) go here to find out more about rick rubin, and his past works =] u’ll know why LP sounds the way they are now. they’re evolving… and to tell you the truth, i kinda like it. yeah i know its not as great as hybrid theory, but i guess hybrid theory had the advantage of being their 1st album. the way i see it, LP is going toward a band that sings about something. things. issues of more importance. there’s no more shut up when i’m talking to you. or you try to take the best of me, go away. instead its now in this farewell. there’s no blood. there’s no alibi. now that’s deep =]


i’ve been trying to locate a picture of LP’s new logo.
you know, the one on rob bourdon’s kick drum.
let me know if you can find it =]


what i’ve done

5 04 2007


due to endless deletion of videos of the songs by warner bros on youtube, i’m sorry guys! all u get to see is that preview picture of the mtv. once u press play, nothing plays =(

woohoo!! now the vid is allowed on youtube!! hehe

minutes to midnight

3 04 2007

and its due out in may everyone! imagine. they made us wait for 4 yrs for this. after meteora, i was pretty disappointed though. 1, because it wasnt as good as their debut album (yes its good, i know. but u cant deny that hybrid theory blew u away right?) and 2, because mikey went on and started fort minor.


yup. the afro is back!

but all is good now. fort minor was really JUST a side project, and now in 2 months we’ll b hearing chester shouting, mike rapping, hahn scratching, etc. on the radio again! not sure what they’re gonna sound like though. anticipating evolution, apparently they’ve been experimenting a whole lot. with vintage amps/guitars/effects and drum machines bla bla bla…


the mohawk’s back too~

 thinking of linkin park. just makes me happy. i mean, they really have fun with everything that they do. with all the videos you’ve seen about them. the “like-meter”, running across highways, and yet supporting causes like the reliefs for the tsunami, hurricane katrina, etc. now that’s a balance in life i woudn’t mind having.


check out the new LP logo! rocking! from left to right: brad delson, joseph hahn, mike shinoda, chester bennington, rob bourdon, dave “phoenix” farrell

now comes the hard part. waiting for the album to come out! haha, well for the uninformed, chester bennington will b in town tomorrow! yes you got that right. and i hope u didn’t read to late. thx sherz for helping me level up =P *pictures are from their new single, what i’ve done*


 nice axe. wonder whether he’s still using ernie ball. hmm…

on the contrary

21 03 2007

after the super success of mike shinoda’s side project, fort minor. lp fans around the world feared the worse: this is where linkin park dies as a super band. mike shinoda leaves the band. lp left with just chester on vocals. songs become full of shouting. lp fans unhappy. lp dies.

yo. you gotta lose some weight dude~

but no! haha, told u so! they’re back, better than ever, and still funny as ever (especially joe hahn) hohoho~ well, enjoy this! thx to yvonne for it =]

they’re back! they’re back! *jumps around* CRAWLING IN MY SKI….. *cough* *cough* *cough* deng, still cant do that shouting shyt =P


pheonix plays an ernie ball musicman axe