Mike Shinoda, the talented vocalist of Linkin Park, recalled the band’s first times in Hollywood, when they saw the grossest part of the place, and shared his thoughts on their hit song ‘In The End‘ which reached 1 billion views on YouTube lately.

On the recent interview made by Rock Sound, Shinoda remembered the terrible condition of Hollywood when the band was in the process of recording their debut album ‘Hybrid Theory‘. He mentioned how dirty, dark, and shabby was the place where they recorded the album in Hollywood. He said:

“We were rehearsing in this little room in Hollywood – and when I say ‘Hollywood,’ it was the grossest part of Hollywood.

At the time, Hollywood and Vine had prostitutes and drug dealers, and there was a taco shop on the corner, an all-black hair salon next door, a grocery store with a Korean couple who ran that on the corner, and a bunch of Scientologists.

There was a place that was calling itself a reading center – to teach you how to read – but all of the books were Scientology books, which is really kind of dark. And that was the place where we found a rehearsal room that we could afford.”

Shinoda continued and talked about his determination over their music at that time and on the song ‘In The End‘, which he stayed overnight in that awful place to write its lyrics. He said:

“And we were writing it there, and we were working on our show and our songs there, and I decided to stay overnight in that building, and I wrote ‘In the End.’

And I think [drummer] Rob Bourdon was the first one to show up the next day for rehearsal, and I played it for him, and he was freaking out.

There’s a weird battle with hopelessness and the ephemeral nature of time and our lives that the song is really about, And what’s so odd about the song is it’s almost talking about these things and saying, ‘I don’t have any answers’ – ’cause usually a song isn’t about having no answers, right?”

Lastly, he admitted that he didn’t know that ‘In The End’ was going to be this big and successful. Especially after its triumph today, Shinoda recalled what he thought about the song back then. He revealed:

“It just kind of runs itself around in a circle, lyrically. And especially as a young person, that’s just how I felt – that’s how we all felt. We didn’t know what to make of things, and, in a sense, that’s still what goes on today. It’s a timeless and universal thing.

It’s also easy to ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ these types of things where you go, ‘Okay, it’s popular, so this is why it’s popular.’ You can’t say, ‘This is what will be popular,’ and then make that thing. [Laughs]

You can only do it after the fact. The fact is that, yeah, it’s been one of our biggest songs, it’s been our biggest song for a long time.”

To see Shinoda’s full interview, you can check on the video below.