Justin Hawkins Addresses The Secret Behind Linkin Park’s Appeal


The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins recently spoke on a new episode of his Justin Hawkins Rides Again YouTube series and revealed how Linkin Park managed to stand out in the rock scene.

Rising to fame with their debut album ‘Hybrid Theory,’ Linkin Park quickly became one of the most outstanding representatives of the nu metal genre. Although the band went on a hiatus in 2017 after the iconic singer Chester Bennington’s tragic passing, they have millions of fans worldwide, and their songs still have heavy airplay.

Throughout their career, Linkin Park experimented with various sounds. Their music is a combination of rock, hip hop, and electronica. The vocal interplay between Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington played an essential role in creating their sound, with Shinoda as the rapping vocalist and Bennington as the lead.

Although Linkin Park is one of the most famous musical acts of the 2000s, it seems Justin Hawkins wasn’t aware of their success. At the beginning of his video, Hawkins confessed that he never got the chance to listen to their songs. Due to that, he examined Linkin Park’s songs and tried to understand how they achieved such high success in a new episode of his YouTube series.

During the recently aired episode, Hawkins listened to the song ‘In The End’ and appreciated Bennington’s ‘gentle melodic’ singing, which supports Shinoda’s rapping. He then said Linkin Park used a hybrid approach, combining contrasting genres to create a collaborative song, which might be the secret of the band’s appeal.

Here’s what Hawkins said about listening to Linkin Park:

“I don’t really know the music of Linkin Park. It completely passed me by. So, I’m going to explore it and see if there’s anything in there that connects with me.”

Further in the video, Justin Hawkins made the following observations about Linkin Park’s sound:

“It’s cool because like the way they’re approaching, like the gentle melodic singing part, they are doing a similar thing to what I understand a hypeman does when the main rapper is doing stuff. He provides support for key lyrics, but instead of just shouting along with it, he’s actually singing a bit.

So, genuinely, there is a hybrid approach to it. I think that might be part of the secret of the Linkin Park appeal. It’s using the many tools of the contrasting genres’ trades to create something that really is collaborative. It’s nice.”

You can watch the full video below.