Chester talked to vmusic about playing festivals, Australia, LIVING THINGS and performing the album online, read in full here.
What made you say yes to Soundwave?
We’re looking for any excuse to get to Australia, honestly [laughs]. We’re so excited to get back there and to be part of a great festival. I know Soundwave is kind of a newer festival, so we’re excited to hopefully build a legacy there like some other great bands. We’ll at least give people something special while we’re there.
What have you heard about Soundwave?
In all honestly I don’t really know much about the history of the festival. I do know it’s a young festival but outside of that I really have no idea. I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t even really know my name. I’m working on the Ozzy Osbourne level of thinking.
Maybe there will be a “Chesterfest” one day and bands will just come to you.
[Laughs] Exactly. That would be awesome.
Will we hear much from your new album Living Things at Soundwave?
We’re working in ‘Burn It Down’, ‘Lost In The Echo’, ‘In My Remains’, ‘Victimized’, ‘Lies Greed Misery’ – they’ll all be part of our set going forward and touring. At that point, maybe ‘Powerless’ will be getting worked in there, so a lot of the new record is going to be incorporated into our new set, as well as a lot of the songs that people really want to hear. And also some songs that we’ve put on the backburner for a while, so hopefully a lot of a our fans that came to our last show will get something that they didn’t really get before.
How do you prepare for a festival audience?
If it’s a Linkin Park show, people are there to see Linkin Park. But when we’re at a festival we’re not guaranteed that everybody’s going to be stoked that we’re headlining the show, or even on the bill. It’s completely different. There could be a large number of people there that are going to be experiencing our band for the first time and may not even know any of our stuff, so it’s always really exciting to be able have a chance to go out and get some new fans and really perform our music for people who haven’t been familiar with the band.
Do you have any plans for the next single from Living Things?
I don’t really participate in picking singles. I learnt that after making Hybrid Theory. I was never a fan of ‘In The End’ and I didn’t even want it to be on the record, honestly. How wrong could I have possibly been? I basically decided at that point I don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about, so I leave that to other people who are actually talented at somehow picking songs that people are going to like the most. It also gave me a good lesson, as an artist, that I don’t necessarily have to only make music, in my band, that I want to listen to. More often than not, something that I like, very few other people like, and something that those people like is something that I kind of like, or don’t like at all. And that’s cool, it gives me a new appreciation for the songs. But, you know, now I love ‘In The End’ and I think it’s such a great song. I actually see how good of a song it is, it was just hard for me to see it at the time. So I remove myself from the process but I can tell you that there are songs we’ve made videos for that are coming up, I just don’t know what order they’re going to be released in. We just made a video for ‘Lost In The Echo’ and we’re going to be shooting a video for ‘Powerless’.
Also Linkin Park will be on X-Play on www.g4tv.com on Monday at 6:30/5:30cto promote Medal of Honor:
The Twitter chat with Paul Van Dyk has been rescheduled for MONDAY 13TH AUGUST 11:00am PT to talk about his remix of BURN IT DOWN for the LIVING THINGS remixes, Mike Shinoda will also be joining him. You can send in questions to Paul and/or Mike using their twitter accounts, @paulvandyk and @m_shinoda.
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