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...More
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 produced 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 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 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.