Mike Shinoda Reveals His Wrong First Impression Of Chester Bennington

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, in his latest interview with Splice, has talked about songwriting and composing, ‘Meteora’, vocal productions, and more. The rocker mentioned the vocal records of the tracks and how he helped several people to push their vocals and inspire them, including Chester Bennington. Shinoda confesses not realizing Bennington’s capability in the first place, and comments:

“Yeah, I did that with Chester our whole career. He was such a strong singer who just always had such raw talent—so much so that I wouldn’t have had the perspective to know just how unique he was at the time. Back in 2000, I wouldn’t have known that he was a world-class vocalist of the ages.”

 Having helped Bennington shape his vocals throughout the years of their music career, Shinoda tells the story of how he assisted the singer’s vocals:

I just thought he was good, and our effort was trying to figure out, ‘Who are you? How can we pull the most ‘you’ vocal out and make it sound really good on this particular song?’ Because back then, he was singing like all the people who he grew up listening to. And so on one song, he would sound like this person, and on another song, he’d sound like somebody completely different. And I was like, ‘Nah, you have to sound like you on every song.'”

This is not Shinoda’s first time praising Bennington’s vocals. In an interview with Music Radar three years ago, the singer, reflecting on Bennington’s vocal range, said the following:

He was so remarkable in that way. We didn’t even know. I feel like we didn’t even know the extent, meaning he and I, when we met and started writing together and experimenting with how he would fit into the band.”

As he explained in the latest interview, Shinoda helped Bennington shape his voice. In the Music Radar interview, he also mentioned the earlier days of the band and Chester’s first vocal impressions:

“[…] It was ’99 maybe, or ’98 and we’d work on new material and see what directions we could push his voice. At the time he was still developing his own identity as a singer. And I say that because when he would sing a new thing, he was very good at imitating somebody else’s style and he would often fall into his favourite singer’s style, even to the extent that he would accidentally form words with an accent.”

Maintaining a solo career, Mike Shinoda recently released a new single called ‘In My Head’. You can listen to the single down below.