White Raver Rafting spoke to Mike about the release of Recharged, it’s similar to the other interviews we’ve posted about working with Steve Aoki, Recharged, remixing his own songs and EDM, an excerpt is below as well as link to the full interview.
Tyler: When collaborating with Steve Aoki did you find it difficult to bring the differences in your sounds together? What were important elements of your own band’s sound that you felt needed to be represented in the collaboration?
Mike: I think you can hear it all in the first minute of the song. I laid it out so that you get a taste of a unique sound, followed by something very “Linkin Park,” which evolves into an “Aoki” moment at the drop. Both Steve and I contributed sounds to all those parts though; it was a very collaborative effort.
Tyler: Prior to organically connecting with Steve Aoki on Twitter, did Linkin Park plan on foraying into the electronic dance music scene?
Mike: Not really. When we released our LIVING THINGS album, we wanted to give something cool to the fans who got it directly from linkinpark.com—we always try to make it special for fans to buy our albums directly from us. So we offered a free remix a month. In collecting those remixes, we got so much cool stuff that it became the RECHARGED remix album.
Tyler: “Recharged” – LP’s second remix album – is out now and offers a very impressive list of producers. How did the band go about selecting the artists featured on the record? Which reworks stand out the most to you?
Mike: I was really excited when we got the Datsik and Killsonik remixes, and the Vice remix with Pusha is definitely a standout. I also love what Rick Rubin did with A Light That Never Comes.
Also about the new Linkin Park album he said:
Mike: As Linkin Park fans know by now, each release is a surprise. You never know where we’ll go next. The next album will almost definitely not sound like the last ones.
Also, a tshirt for the LP RECHARGE game has been released to benefit Philippines Typhoon Relief, the tweet about it is below.
Get the new RECHARGE t-shirt that benefits the Philippines Typhoon Relief along with an added power up http://t.co/rQ32kAjUii
— Music for Relief (@MusicForRelief) November 21, 2013
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