The co-founder, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the legendary band Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda shared an old photo of himself before gaining huge fame with his successful music career and revealed his story to his fans.

Mike Shinoda was introduced to music at the young age of 6 when he started taking piano lessons thanks to his mother. During his middle school and high school years, Shinoda learned how to play the guitar and added rap-style vocals to his repertoire. He attended the high school with Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon and the three founded a band named Xero, later to be known as Linkin Park.

It was known that the band was limited in resources and originally produced and recorded music in Shinoda’s bedroom, resulting in a four-track demo tape, entitled Xero. Due to lacking sources, the band was unable to find a record deal, and eventually, nearly all the members left the band. Luckily, Chester Bennington joined the band and Linkin Park’s first studio album, Hybrid Theory, gained huge success after landing a record deal with Warner Bros Records.

Linkin Park surely had a bumpy road to its international success, and Mike Shinoda recently shared a post on his official Instagram page proving that he also clawed his way to the top. Shinoda shared an old picture of himself at his parents’ house and revealed that he started his career in the corner of his bedroom with a mixing board he bought from a reseller.

Here is what Shinoda said about the picture:

“Circa 1997, my parents’ house. I bought this mixing board from a reseller for a couple of hundred bucks, and I felt like such a pro. Some of the tracks were broken, but it was what I needed to make my beats sound decent (it had EQs and I could route a guitar pedal for effects).

It sat there in the corner of my bedroom in my parents’ house, with other gear piled up on the shelves of the closet to my right. Mark and I made all the earliest demos (Dialate, Reading My Eyes, Rhinestone, Esaul, Stick N Move) on this setup. We were shooting a roll of black and white photos because we thought it looked ‘artistic.'”

You can see the Instagram post below.