Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda is gearing up to realease his first solo album, “Post Traumatic”, and has shared video of a new track called "About You".
Shinoda discussed the writing process for the album’s songs, many of which dealing with the death of his Linkin Park bandmate Chester Bennington by suicide last Summer. He said, “It started in a really dark place. In the beginning, I wasn't leaving my house. It felt very claustrophobic, having lost one of my closest friends and collaborators. We associate who we are, to some degree, with what we do, so I felt very lost. The experience of this last year has been crazy, and I wanted to put it into music, not only to just put a stamp on it and say, 'This happened,' but also to allow the fans and the people who have been along for the ride, to guide them on that journey in terms of keeping up with my narrative or understanding where I'm at. Life was difficult; music was easy. The music made things easier. I had terrible days, and now I have less bad days. And eventually, I will find a new 'normal,' like a new stasis.”
Shinoda will make his first solo appearance since Bennington's death at the Identity LA festival in downtown Los Angeles on May 12. The “Post Traumatic” album hits stores on June 15th.