Linkin Park co-founder and lead singer, Mike Shinoda, was the latest interview guest of L.A’s new alternative radio ALT 97.87 this week and talked about his persona in music as well as the earlier days of the band when they were figuring out who they were.

As you might already know, Linkin Park is one of the most popular figures of nu-metal history and they are mostly known as the band that reconciled hip hop and heavy metal scene. After the band released their legendary debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ back in 2000, they became popular worldwide and released seven other studio albums so far.

In his latest interview with Hudson Hott and Chris Booker, Linkin Park star recalled the earlier days of the band and claimed that he feels that he’s aware of and comfortable with himself after all those years.

Here is what Shinoda said:

“I feel in the early days of the band we were still figuring out who we were, and we were probably the more exaggerated version of ourselves category. But as I got older, as I think all of us got older, it was just trying to put that aside and just be ourselves.

“I think of some artists who have been around for many years who do have a very exaggerated persona, and at some point, some of those folks merge with that persona.”

He continued:

“Gene Simmons from KISS. Gene Simmons, to me, feels like he probably didn’t grow up being Gene Simmons but now he’s just the guy from the band and the guy in real life is kind of the same person.

I have no reason to believe otherwise. Which is kind of fun but it’s also kind of crazy. I would never feel like I wanted to be a caricature. It does take some effort too to be just aware of yourself and comfortable with yourself.”

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