Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has apparently suggested that he may be preparing to release new music.
The singer, rapper, producer and solo artist posted a 23-second video on social media yesterday (August 31) in which he shaves his head alongside the caption “soon”.
It would be Shinoda’s first new music from 2020’s ‘Dropped Frames’ album trilogy, which was the follow-up to his 2018 solo debut, ‘Post Traumatic’.
Speaking to NME earlier this year about the possibility of making more solo music, Shinoda said: “It’s a strange thing to make songs without having an idea of what they will end up being. Right now, I’m just doing what I want. I don’t know what it will be in the end, and at this point, I don’t care to define it. I just want to make songs.”
Earlier this year, Shinoda released the electropop song “In My Head,” featuring vocals by American singer-songwriter Kailee Morgue. The song was included on the soundtrack of the film Scream VI, as was the song Still Alive by Demi Lovato, which Shinoda also produced and co-wrote.
Shinoda told NME in April that those two songs were partly inspired by his work on the 20th anniversary reissue of Linkin Park’s “Meteora” album. “They definitely reminded me how good it is to play instruments live,” he said. “I hadn’t been in the studio with Linkin Park doing anything in a while and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s an element of experimentation with live instruments that I haven’t done in a while’.”
In April the extended version ‘Meteora’ came out, which includes many previously unpublished demos and live performances. Linkin Park’s most recent album was 2017’s “One More Light,” which was released two months before frontman Chester Bennington’s death.
Shinoda said earlier in the year that the band would not consider performing with a holographic version of Bennington. “For me, that’s a definite number. I don’t like that,” he said 94.5 The Buzz.