32 Facts About Mike Shinoda

1. In September 2012, Mike Shinoda started writing articles for The Big Issue in the UK and was the publication's US election correspondent.

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2. Mike Shinoda was awarded with the Japanese American National Museum's Award of Excellence in 2006.

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3. Mike Shinoda married author Anna Hillinger in 2003 and they have two children.

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4. Mike Shinoda contributed the title theme for American television series Into the Badlands.

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5. Mike Shinoda contributed to the music for the CNN original documentary television series, This Is Life with Lisa Ling.

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6. Mike Shinoda teamed up with former bandmate Mark Wakefield to record and release a single, "Barack Your World", in October 2008.

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7. Mike Shinoda extensively worked with Styles of Beyond between 2009 and 2012 to help produce Reseda Beach, which features his instrumental and vocal contribution.

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8. Mike Shinoda has served as a music producer for several other artists and groups.

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9. Mike Shinoda commented on the inspiration behind the Glorious Excess series, stating, "It Got to a point where the pervasiveness of 'celebrity news' concerned me.

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10. In 2004, Mike Shinoda created a series of ten paintings which became the basis of the Fort Minor debut album, The Rising Tied.

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11. Mike Shinoda has worked on several art projects throughout his career.

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12. Mike Shinoda designed the cover art for Styles of Beyond's debut album, 2000 Fold, Saukrates' debut album, The Underground Tapes, and DJ Frane's debut album, Frane's Fantastic Boatride, all released in 1999.

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13. Mike Shinoda has had a hand in most artistic facets of Linkin Park's imagery, including album artwork, band merchandise, web design, and on-stage production art.

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14. Mike Shinoda added that he was in Los Angeles filming a music video and invited fans to appear in the video, including a map of the old Tower Records in Hollywood, California.

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15. Mike Shinoda released the EP under his own name instead of under his side-project, Fort Minor.

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16. On June 21, 2015, Mike Shinoda officially confirmed Fort Minor's return with a status update and the release of a new single, "Welcome".

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17. Mike Shinoda told Corey Moss of MTV News that he imposed on himself a requirement to play all the instruments and write all the lyrics to the album, except for the strings, percussion, or choir parts.

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18. In 2004, Mike Shinoda formed a side project called Fort Minor, which he used as an avenue to further showcase his hip-hop background.

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19. In 2014, Mike Shinoda worked with Delson to produce the band's sixth studio album, The Hunting Party which was released on June 17, 2014.

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20. Mike Shinoda worked with his old friends like DJ Vice and Ryu for the album.

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21. Mike Shinoda used his EDM experience he got from Avicii while working on the track "Wake Me Up", and from Steve Aoki while working on "A Light That Never Comes", to remix some songs for the album.

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22. On this album, Mike Shinoda shared a production credit with longtime producer Rick Rubin.

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23. Mike Shinoda produced the album, with his bandmates and Don Gilmore which was his first production experience.

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24. Mike Shinoda organized and oversaw the band's first remix album Reanimation in 2002, contributing his own production of remixes that he made in his home studio for "Crawling" and "Pushing Me Away".

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25. Mike Shinoda has contributed to the instrumental and lyrical composition on most of Linkin Park's songs.

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26. Mike Shinoda graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration and obtained a job as a graphic designer.

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27. Mike Shinoda was born on February 11, 1977, in Panorama City, California and raised in Agoura Hills, California.

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28. Mike Shinoda has painted several pieces of artwork, some of which have been featured in the Japanese American National Museum.

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29. Outside of music, Mike Shinoda is an artist and graphic designer.

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30. Mike Shinoda is the co-founder of Machine Shop Records, a California-based record label.

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31. Mike Shinoda has served as a producer for tracks and albums by Lupe Fiasco, Styles of Beyond and The X-Ecutioners.

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32. Mike Shinoda co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist.

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