Linkin Park star and the co-founder of the band, Mike Shinoda, spoke in a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine and talked about the development of the musicians.
In the conversation, Mike shared his opinion about the rise of the ‘do it yourself’ musicians such as Billie Eilish, which they are the ones who are making the whole music from scratches.
While Mike was saying that you need to know what exactly you’re doing if you decided to be such an artist, he also revealed that every artist has been in a position of not knowing what they are doing.
Furthermore, Mike admitted that he was one of those artists in the ’90s. However, he also revealed that the most important thing is deciding to improve yourself as an artist instead of being a musician who only records in the studio.
“What do you think of the rise of DIY artists? Are more people going to try to make it on their own?”
Mike Shinoda said:
“So, DIY means different things to different people. The Billie Eilish DIY is very different from the Brockhampton DIY, or the RAC DIY. As an artist, it’s important to really reflect on what your goals are — today, next week, in 10 years.
If you can do everything completely on your own and that’s the highest quality of your art, then why wouldn’t you do that?
Every artist I know has been in a position of not knowing what they were doing. I was in that position. And somebody believed in them and said, Hey, why don’t we get you in a studio or get you a computer? Why don’t you pick up a guitar, write some of those ideas down?”
“You don’t even have to know how to play an instrument at first, these days.”
Mike Shinoda responded:
“That’s true. But I think musicality and music training still do matter. Like, you won’t have an artist that has nobody around them who understands what they’re doing. Somebody in the chain knows what they’re doing.
And who would you rather be, the person who sat in their room at 18 and made a song but has never played live in their life?
Or would you rather be the exact same person but have spent a year grinding it out at parties, on stage, whatever, and when you get up on stage you know what you’re doing, you’re comfortable with it? That’s the part of craftsmanship that matters.”
In the interview, Mike also explained the differences between ‘real musicians’ and ‘recording musicians’ and showed why it is important to know what you are doing with your instrument during the live show.