Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park did not set out to make a remix album. Following the release of Reanimation in 2002, Mike Shinoda told many people the process was a nightmare and he'd never do it again.
Fast forward to 2012. As a treat for fans, Linkin Park sent one remix each month to fans who purchased their latest album Living Things through their website. Shinoda gathered remixes faster than he could send them to fans, and the idea for the album that became Recharged (out October 29) was born. Some of the songs sent to fans are on Recharged, but most of the content is previously unreleased - including the Linkin Park x Steve Aoki joint "A Light That Never Comes".
Mike and Steve discuss below how their digital collaboration came together from its Twitter genesis to the live premiere of the song at a summer festival in Tokyo.
Plus, Mike provides some insight from Linkin Park's point-of-view regarding Chester Bennington joining forces with his idols in Stone Temple Pilots.
I started the band... and Chester joined around '99. And when we first brought him on as a singer, really my only criticism of him, other than the ugly shirts that he used to wear [laughs], was that he sounded too much like Perry Farrell [of Janes Addiction] and Scott Weiland [of Stone Temple Pilots]. Those were his favorite singers growing up! And so, at a certain point we just kept encouraging him, 'Dude, you gotta find your voice. You gotta find YOUR style'... and that was the voice you heard on [Linkin Park's first album] Hybrid Theory. But if you go back, he just loved STP! And when those guys came to him and said, y'know, 'We're all friends. We just want to be able to go out on the road and play our music and have fun and do what we love to do without the fear that this relationship we have Scott will make it not fun'...
And Linkin Park is still together. We recorded music, we were in the studio yesterday recording new music. So unless something has changed in like the last eight hours, we're still very much in effect and getting ready to put out new stuff probably some time next year.