Linkin Park's sound is utterly their own, an accomplishment strengthened
by the band's remarkably powerful and unforced songwriting. But
almost everything about Linkin Park has been unforced, including
their Southern California origins.
Linkin Park has created a sound all their own, their music has
incredibly catchy beats that you can get stuck in your head for
days at a time. And then to back up the beat, are the emotionaly
driven vocals that seem to come straight from their soul and into
yours. The songs have hip hop elements in them, while also throwing
in the hard core rock and electronic industrial sounds. Plus the
vocals arent the hellraising blood curtling screams that are in
so much music nowadays, showing that the vocalists in Linkin Park
actually have some form of skill, and are capable of more than
Brad and Mike attended the same highschool togeter where Brad
also met Rob. Mike then went to the Pasadena Art Center where
he studied Painting. While he was there he met Joe. Next Chester
came into the picture to complete the Linkin Park lineup and to
form what was to be one of the best up and coming bands in the
world today. Then they began to perform shows and get a huge underground
following. They hooked up with Warner Brothers and are recording
their first album titled "Hybrid Theory".
Delson and emcee/vocalist Mike Shinoda attended the same high
school together, where Delson also met the band's drummer, Rob
Bourdon. Shinoda then hooked up with DJ Joseph Hahn while studying
painting at the Pasadena Art Center. The final piece in the puzzle
was singer Chester Bennington, a transplanted Arizona native who
started making records when he was sixteen.
"Since I learned how to talk I've been telling everybody
I was gonna grow up to be a singer,"laughs Bennington. "When
I was two, I used to run around singing Foreigner songs there's
tapes ofme doing that."
The combination of Bennington's rich, mammoth vocal style clicked
immediately with Shinoda's streetwise emceeing. "I think
one of Chester and Mike's goals is to be as intergrated as possible,"
offers Delson. "We want our sound to come across so that
people go, 'oh, that's Linkin Park,' not 'I heard this hip-hop
part, and now they're hitting me over the head with this rock
chorus.' We want everything to have dynamics, but also a continuous
cohesive flavor, so that you know what band you're listening to."
The end result is an album that's as well-crafted and melodic
as it is confrontational, with a strong lyrical message.
"I've wanted to do this my whole life, and I feel really
blessed to be here," says Bennington. "A lot of hard
work and dedication and faith can get you through anything and
make it happen."
Linkin Park is Brad Delson (Guitar), Rob Bourdon (Drums) , Joe
Hahn (Turntables), Mike Shinoda (Vocals), and Chester Benninton