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A decade is a long time to be doing anything, much less to be with the same guys, chasing after the same goals.

Mike Shinoda

As a creative person you just get an idea in your head, and sometimes you just can’t shake it off.

Mike Shinoda

Go find something that you haven’t done before. Don’t do the same thing over and over again.

Mike Shinoda

I feel really lucky to be in a band where the guys, for all the opportunities to do things that potentially would be good for them but detrimental to the group, that everybody stayed loyal to the whole.

Mike Shinoda

I got over being embarrassed.

Mike Shinoda

I grew up painting and playing piano so when I was a little kid I thought I was going to be an artist or a painter but my mom had me taking piano lessons for about 10-12 years as a young kid.

Mike Shinoda

I have a BFA in illustration.

Mike Shinoda

I know at one point I had bright red hair and I had bracelets from my wrist up to my elbow and I was wearing size 50 pants. I wouldn’t wear that today, but I’m not embarrassed about wearing it back then any more.

Mike Shinoda

I like sneakers. I guess I could call myself a collector.

Mike Shinoda

I liked the piano. I always liked playing. I just hated homework.

Mike Shinoda

I loved Transformers when I was a kid.

Mike Shinoda

I remember being a little kid sitting in the living room with my brother and some friends from around the neighborhood, and I would sit at the piano and as they were running around the room doing different things and being silly, acting out, I would actually play the score for it – the music that went along with it.

Mike Shinoda

I spent ten years playing classical piano, and that was what led to keyboards and eventually to production and to Linkin Park.

Mike Shinoda

I’d rather get up early and go out and do something than stay up late and screw up my body.

Mike Shinoda

I’m excited to doing more scoring work in the future.

Mike Shinoda

I’ve been really excited about some new cutting edge electronic music and technology.

Mike Shinoda

In high school I was making beats for my friends and for myself and rapping over them.

Mike Shinoda

Little pieces of advice like that can provide us with months’ worth of entertainment.

Mike Shinoda

Most of the musicians that I know almost to the man everybody uses Apple computers. They’ve thought of the steps that you’re going to think of when you’re trying to create your thing. And that’s where the tools get invented to make better art.

Mike Shinoda

My dad remembers being in school with my uncle, and the teacher would say outright to the class that the Japanese were second-class citizens and shouldn’t be trusted.

Mike Shinoda

My parents still treat Christmas like I’m thirteen years old.

Mike Shinoda

The casual listener won’t be around forever.

Mike Shinoda

The thing is, there are so many different ways to make music these days with virtual instruments, software applications, physical instruments, and computer programs.

Mike Shinoda

Usually I spend my holidays with my family.

Mike Shinoda

We have people in the band who don’t drink or do drugs… some of us like to go sightseeing.

Mike Shinoda

We learned pretty early on in this band that you can’t have snobbery in music.

Mike Shinoda

When I was in high school, if my favorite band got too popular, I’d watch carefully.

Mike Shinoda

When we started the band, it was because we were waiting for a sound that never happened. We got tired of waiting, and we decided to just do it ourselves.

Mike Shinoda

Who can’t relate to the idea of leaving one chapter behind and moving on to the next?

Mike Shinoda

You definitely pick stuff up when you go back and listen to older material.

Mike Shinoda

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