Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Talks 'Big & High Energy' Score for 'The Raid'

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Talks 'Big & High Energy' Score for 'The Raid'

He's a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and a rapper, but now Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda can add film composer to his list of talents. Action film "The Raid," out next year, will feature Shinoda's collaboration with Joe Trapanese, who worked with Daft Punk on the "Tron: Legacy" score. At the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, Shinoda sat down with Billboard to answer questions about his experiences in creating music with his band versus composing music for films. Watch above.

"I've been approached a few times to score for film and TV, and I've done a few little things, but never anything this involved -- not nearly this much work, mostly because of the band," Shinoda said. "With Linkin Park, we're constantly on the road and when we are home, we're writing. To be totally honest, it takes us a long time to make a record. In between all of that, I think I was just afraid to stretch myself too thin and add anything else to my plate"

So what made him budge? "Based on the approach by Sony... Kier [Lehman] at Sony reached out to me and he and the director Gareth [Evans] were fans of what I've done individually," he explained. "It was the first time that I could give it the effort it deserves."

He continues: "On this movie, the guys reached out to me because they wanted a certain sound: something big and high energy. I think there are moments in any movie, in a movie like this, at least, that can jump right in the front. It's what the collaboration is all about. But then there are other times when it's important to step back and for the music to be invisible. Clearly that's not something that I would do as much with on a Linkin Park record, and it's something I'm having fun using with a project like this."

Shinoda also chats about how art school critiques helped with the creative process -- and losing his ego.

(Video interview by Phil Gallo.)


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