New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

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Mike Shinoda - What's In My Bag?

Before Mike Shinoda's in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we sat down with the Linkin Park founding member to talk about some of his favorite records, including a bunch of independent DJ LPs he was excited to find at the store. "When we were getting started as a band, our DJ, Joe, and I used to go down to Melrose and find all these independent records," he told us waxing nostalgic, going on to explain how DJs like Q-bert and DJ Swamp pushed the envelope and inspired him and his band mate. Shinoda had a lot of insight into all of his record picks, making for a sincere and enlightening What's In My Bag?

Mike Shinoda co-founded Linkin Park in 1996, serving as the band's rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist. Together with guitarist Brad Delson, Shinoda engineered and Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic - Amoeba Musicproduced the band's 1999 Hybrid Theory EP, a teaser of sorts for their groundbreaking full-length of the same name. Linkin Park's second LP, Meteora (2003), and third LP, Minutes to Midnight (2007) were also smash hits for the band, with both albums debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The band has steadily climbed over the course of its twenty-plus-year career, with A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) all doing brisk business on the charts. Linkin Park has won two Grammy awards, for the track "Crawling" (Hybrid Theory) and "Numb/Encore," from their 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, Collision Course.

Shinoda is the co-founder of California-based label Machine Shop Records. He has also produced work from Lupe Fiasco, Styles of Beyond and The X-Ecutioners. In 2004, he unveiled Fort Minor, a hip-hop-influenced side project and in 2018 he released his first solo LP, Post-Traumatic, which deals in part with his feelings after the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. An accomplished artist and graphic designer, Shinoda has created much of the album art for his musical projects. His fine art pieces have been exhibited at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. 

Shinoda started the video off with one of his "favorite albums of all time," Public Enemy's Fear Of A Black Planet. "It's probably one of the most influential albums ever for me," he said, "they were so much more aggressive and thoughtful, and it was like such a well-rounded experience." Another favorite for Shinoda was The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, calling it "my favorite, favorite album when it came out," continuing, " for like probably a whole year I listened to it non-stop." Speaking of what made the group so special to him he said, "they were L.A. artists...(they) just had such unique deliveries, and the beats were so...incredible." Shinoda was also excited to find a vinyl copy of Bjork's Post.  "I think it was probably, like, the most artistic album I had ever heard, up until that point," he recounted, "like somebody who just was approaching an album more like a gallery artist than a singer."

But what punk band was hugely influenctial on Lincoln Park? And what experimental DJ influenced the production of their early records? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Mike Shinoda - What's In My Bag?
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