During a recent interview with Anthony Fantano, Linkin Park’s co-founder and rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda talked about the way that his band’s work is perceived in the metal scene while discussing the way in which the metal press has changed in the past twenty years.
As you may recall, Mike Shinoda made it to our headlines multiple times in the past months due to the release of his two instrumental albums and call for vocalists and songwriters, the music of whom he had promised to produce live on Twitch. However, this time, he headlined after his recent conversation with Fantano during which he talked about the evolution of the metal press.
During his conversation with Fantano, Shinoda was asked about his views on the metal scene, bearing in mind that Linkin Park is often positioned in a weird cross–section because of their mainstream fame, and fusion of rock and metal. He went on to talk about the metal press and ask for Shinoda’s view on how it has evolved.
Shinoda stated that the metal press ‘has changed very little in the last 20 years’ and the reason for that is because they have always been fundamentalists who resist change. While some people perceive this as a negative thing saying that in this way the genre is not evolving, others like Shinoda can see the beauty in it because it enables the metal musicians to ‘do the exact same thing over and over and over to get that good.’
Here’s what the interviewer said:
“I know a lot of people that put you guys, creatively, in a really weird cross-section because people who would normally be into those groups are typically really snooty when it comes to metal music across the board. And then you’re talking about the metal press who is completely ignorant to the origins of any of those artists or the scenes that their music comes from.”
Here’s what Mike Shinoda said about the evolution of the metal press in the past 20 years:
“The metal press has changed very little in the last 20 years. They are the fundamentalists that they‘ve always been. And you can hate that and be like, ‘Well, that genre is just never evolving.’ Or, there is actually a beauty to that. I remember being 16-17 years old, and when I loved a group, and then I’d see their sticker on some idiot’s folder – I’d love the group less.
It was not the group’s fault, and I do it because that’s just how my brain worked, and how we acted, as kids. And it was immature but it’s a little noble, you’re just gonna do the exact same thing a million times until you‘re so good at it. Maybe I appreciate it because I could never be that person, I could never do the exact same thing over and over and over to get that good.”
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