Mike Shinoda

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Michael Kenji Shinoda (born February 11, 1977), professionally known as Mike Shinoda, is the emcee, singer, pianist, second guitarist, one of the original founders of Xero, which later became Hybrid Theory in 1998 and Linkin Park in 2000, and also founded his side project Fort Minor. He grew up in Agoura Hills, nearby Los Angeles, California.


Mike is thought by many to be the most versatile member of Linkin Park. Some of his numerous talents include rapping, playing the piano and guitar, producing, and art design. Shinoda was born to a Japanese father. Mike got into music at a young age, when he was taught how to play the piano. After years of classical training, Mike eventually began to produce and create his own loops using a keyboard he had purchased. Combining bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Rage Against The Machine with Wu-Tang Clan vocals, Shinoda started to lay down the genre-blending style that would later become the cornerstone of Linkin Park's sound.

While attending Agoura High School with his junior high chum Brad Delson, Mike and Brad met drummer Rob Bourdon through a mutual friend in a local band named Karma. Rob was soon asked to be the drummer for their new band, Xero. When Brad and Mike went to separate colleges they met two people who were also asked to join their band, turntablist Joseph Hahn and bassist Dave Farrell. Mike recruited Hahn from Pasadena's Art College of Design they both attended, and Brad met Phoenix at UCLA. Mike's main plan for Xero was to create a sound without categorizational boundaries that seamlessly blended several styles of music, including rock, hip-hop, and electronica. This was much like what he had done on his own at a younger age with his keyboard, yet on a larger scale. Mike was a fan of bands from many different categories of music, including Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, and more.

Mike has also shown he can excel outside of Linkin Park, becoming very active in helping underground hip-hop artists get recognition. On the Linkin Park remix album Reanimation, which Shinoda produced, many of the guest stars chosen to remix Hybrid Theory tracks were those of the underground hip-hop scene. Shinoda also released a solo hip-hop effort under the moniker of Fort Minor in 2005, where he gave the opportunity to many up-and-coming musicians to get their shot at having their voices heard on a mainstream stage. His artistic skills played a large part in the development of that album's cover, cd and promotional art, and in 2006 Mike put his skills on display through his first art show in Los Angeles titled Diamonds, Spades, Hearts & Clubs.

The success of that show would later lead to Mike holding two more art shows in 2008-2009: "Glorious Excess: Born" and "Glorious Excess: Dies", both of which were held at the Japanese American National Museum. In 2010, Mike Shinoda helped contribute enemy and character artwork to Linkin Park's first ever iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch game "8-Bit Rebellion!". Mike is constantly creating music and artwork in his spare time.


Mike has a B.A in Illustration, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.


He produced The Rising Tied, the only debut album under the monkier name of Fort Minor, and also tracks from Lupe Fiasco and Styles of Beyond, as well as the collaborative mash-up EP Collision Course with Jay-Z (who was also Shinoda's executive producer for The Rising Tied and We Major).

Shinoda and Rob Bourdon again teamed up in 2008 to create an instrumental piece entitled "Lockjaw", performed by Linkin Park, while previewing Digidesign's Pro Tools 8 software.

Bourdon assisted on the drums with Shinoda to remix Depeche Mode's classic hit "Enjoy the Silence" in 2004.

Other Musical Activities[edit]

  • In 2002, Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson from Linkin Park, and Rakaa from the Dilated Peoples were premiered at The Wake Up Show, as Shinoda and Rakaa freestyle while it was being aired on radio in the past. Mike Shinoda & Rakaa Freestyle at The Wake Up Show
  • In 2005, Mike hosted the Rock Phenomenon mixtape CD with DJ Vlad and former X-Ecutioners turntablist Roc Raida. The CD is the first (and to date, only) in DJ Vlad's Rock Phenomenon series (which itself is a spin-off of Vlad's Rap Phenomenon mixtape series), and features a mash-up of Linkin Park's "Papercut", and David Banner's "Like a Pimp (Remix)". The mixtape was re-released on July 10, 2007, with new artwork.
  • For the 2006 Grammy awards, Shinoda and Delson assembled the mashup track of Numb/Encore and "Yesterday" by The Beatles to be performed live by Jay-Z, Linkin Park and Paul McCartney.
  • Mike was an honorary parade marshall in Los Angeles Nisei Week, 2005.[1]
  • Mike was awarded the Japanese American National Museum’s Award of Excellence in 2006.[1]
  • Mike and Joseph Trapanese worked together to create a new score for the American release of the 2011 film, The Raid: Redemption.

Other Activities[edit]

Mike started writing articles for The Big Issue in September 2012 and will act as publication's US election correspondent.

Other Appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Notes
1999 N/A DJ Frane Frane's Fantastic Boatride Artwork
N/A Saukrates The Underground Tapes
Marco Polo Styles of Beyond 2000 Fold Producer
2001 Freestyle DJ Vice I'm Serious Vocals
2002 It's Goin' Down The X-Ecutioners Built from Scratch Vocals, guitars, producer, composer
2004 Mike Callin' to Say Hi (skit) KutMasta Kurt Redneck Olympics Vocals
Enjoy the Silence 04 Depeche Mode Remixes 81-04 Producer
Rock and Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) Part 2 Handsome Boy Modeling School White People Vocals
2006 Mike Shinoda Interlude DJ Vlad and Roc Raida Rock Phenomenon
The Instrumental Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor Producer
2007 Hard [MS Remix] Styles of Beyond Razor Tag
Hey You Vocals
You Cannot Fuck With This Producer
2008 We Made It Busta Rhymes and Linkin Park We Made It (Single) Vocals, guitars, producer
Barack Your World White Pegacorn N/A Vocals, guitars, producer, composer
2009 Death to Analog (Mike Shinoda Remix) Julien-K Death to Digital
Death to Digital X
Shoot First Apathy Wanna Snuggle?
Stories of the Lost Zii Stories of the Lost (Single) Executive producer
2010 Full album Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! Producer
Carry Me Away Cypress Hill Rise Up Vocals, producer
Never Let Me Down Kenna Download to Donate for Haiti Producer
Resurrection Kenna & Lupe Fiasco
Gold Guns Girls (Mike Shinoda Remix) Metric
2012 Full album Joseph Trapanese The Raid: Redemption Composer
NOC Out Ramin Djawadi Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Dumb It Down Styles of Beyond Reseda Beach Producer
Second to None Vocals, producer
2013 Wake Me Up Avicii True Producer (uncredited)
A Light That Never Comes Linkin Park x Steve Aoki Recharged Producer
Truth Inside a Lie (LPU Sessions 2013) Ryan Giles LP Underground 13
Change (LPU Sessions 2013) Beta State Producer, guitar, keyboard and samples

Production discography[edit]

Studio Albums
Year Artist Album Label
2000 Linkin Park Studio Finals 5/7/00 AGM
2002 The X-Ecutioners Built from Scratch Loud Records, Sony BMG
2005 Fort Minor The Rising Tied Machine Shop, Warner Bros.
2006 Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor 1st & 15th Entertainment, Atlantic
2007 Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight Machine Shop, Warner Bros.
2009 Apathy Wanna Snuggle? Demigodz
2010 Cypress Hill Rise Up Priority
Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! Machine Shop
A Thousand Suns Machine Shop, Warner Bros.
2012 Living Things
Styles of Beyond Reseda Beach Dirty Version Records
2014 Linkin Park The Hunting Party Machine Shop, Warner Bros.
Remix albums
Year Artist Album Label
2002 Linkin Park Reanimation Warner Bros.
2006 DJ Vlad & Roc Raida Rock Phenomenon Altered Ego
2009 Julien-K Death to Digital
Death to Digital X
2013 Linkin Park Recharged Machine Shop, Warner Bros.
Year Artist Album Label
1999 Xero Xero Sampler Tape Mix Media
Hybrid Theory Hybrid Theory (8-track CD)
Hybrid Theory (2-track CD)
2000 Hybrid Theory Demos
Hybrid Theory (Linkin Park - Demos from 02-2000)
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (6-track CD)
Hybrid Theory Sampler Tape
2005 Fort Minor We Major Machine Shop
Sampler Mixtape
2007 Styles of Beyond Razor Tag
Live albums
Year Artist Album Label
2006 Fort Minor Sessions @ AOL Machine Shop
2007 Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 7.0
2011 Linkin Park A Thousand Suns+ Machine Shop, Warner Bros.
2013 Living Things+
Extended plays
Year Artist Album Label
1999 Hybrid Theory Hybrid Theory EP Mix Media
2001 Hybrid Theory EP (Re-issued)
2002 Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 2.0 Machine Shop
2003 LP Underground 3.0
2004 Jay-Z & Linkin Park Collision Course Def Jam, Machine Shop, Roc-A-Fella, Warner Bros.
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 4.0 Machine Shop
2005 LP Underground 5.0
2006 Fort Minor Militia EP Machine Shop, Warner Bros.
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 6.0 Machine Shop
2008 Linkin Park Live from SoHo Warner Bros.
Songs from the Underground Machine Shop, Warner Bros.
Linkin Park Underground Sweet Hamster Like Jewels from America (LP Underground 8.0) Warner Bros.
2009 LP Underground 9.0: Demos Machine Shop
2010 A Decade Underground
LP Underground X: Demos
Linkin Park 2011 North American Tour EP -
2011 A Thousand Suns: Puerta De Alcalá Warner Bros.
iTunes Festival: London 2011
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 11 Machine Shop
2012 LP Underground 12
2013 LP Underground 13
2014 Linkin Park x Steve Aoki A Light That Never Comes (Remixes) Dim Mak, Warner Bros.


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