Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Shares Why He Is Not A Fan Of Livestream Performances

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Linkin Park icon, Mike Shinoda talked about his opinions on the live stream concerts that became popular during the pandemic and shared the reasons behind why it was not a suitable method for him to stay in touch with his fans.

Because of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions all around the world, most of the musicians decided to perform live stream concerts to connect with their fans and to earn their living. Even though people missed and preferred to participate in physical concerts, they showed great interest to live stream shows too.

However, some artists like Mike Shinoda didn’t prefer to perform online concerts saying that they wanted to be really connected with their audiences. So, Mike Shinoda decided to become a streamer on Twitch to meet with his fans and future musicians one on one.

Since the last year, Shinoda has streamed live with more than 1,000 viewers in each stream. From Monday to Friday, along with one day every week focusing on making visual art and giving instrumental tricks. He also produced different projects such as ‘Dropped Frame,’ which is is a multi-album project of Shinoda whose first volume was released on July 10, 2020, followed by the second on July 31st and the last one on September 18th. The songs were interactively produced by fans on Twitch streams.

Mike also created another project called ‘Shinoda Produces Me,’ which enables fans to have a chance to produce their own demos live on Twitch. The iconic musician’s unusual project aims to support young projects of unknown artists to give them a chance in the industry.

Shinoda believed that supporting the artists who have fewer followers and no one to help them through their career is more important and effective than giving live stream performances. Thanks to his Twitch lives, many unknown or amateur artists could start their professional careers and connected with both Shinoda and future fans.

Here’s what he said:

“I saw a lot of artists doing live stream performances, and my reaction to that was, immediately, that’s not for me. Number one, I want the experience of watching a show to be very personal. … So what can I make that offers the fans something brand new and different and cool and fun every single day?

People sometimes don’t think about how different the approach is between sitting in a studio and making an album in private with an undetermined timeline versus sitting down and saying, I’m going to make something listenable in the next 60 to 120 minutes.”

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