Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda sat down with ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante in Toronto to talk mental health and the release of his new solo album “Post Traumatic”.
He opens up about what it was like to lose the late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington to suicide: “Just talking about these things, is so healthy, it is so useful, in the context of all this stuff. If it is Chester, Chris Cornell, Kate Spade. With mental health it does not matter if you are a kid in your parents’ house or if you are me, you have to address that stuff. And it’s healthy to talk about and the more we talk about it the more manageable it actually becomes.”
With Shinoda’s new album “Post Traumatic” it is easy to see the singer’s struggle dealing with grief from its title to the names of his songs, such as “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore” and “Hold It Together”.
The songs deal with troubling emotions people feel, but are not seen: “You know, I lost my friend. My collaborator and how down that was and how complicated, really complicated it was and try to capture all the complexities of what that was. And at a certain point, how I naturally started looking towards the future and more hopeful things.”
Shinoda touches on how hard it was for him to get back into music since the loss of his friend, Bennington, saying, “The last year was really tough and I had made it one of my missions to capture that on the record.”
One of Shinoda’s goals is to help those suffering through mental health, through their tough times. He is aware he has a platform and the means to make change in the world and he says he is happy to do it.
On his fame and making music, he reveals, “I realized I had an opportunity not only to connect with people and say this is how I felt, this is how you’ve felt probably too. Maybe if I’m really lucky, I can say something in a way that they wanted to say but haven’t been able to. That’s a home run for me and then to just get on stage and play some of the songs.”
Mike Shinoda’s “Post Traumatic” is available now.