LINKIN PARK vocalist Mike Shinoda has released a music video for the song “About You”, taken from his upcoming solo album “Post Traumatic”. The track is a collaboration with producer blackbear, and the accompanying clip was directed by Shinoda.
Shinoda spoke with ET Canada about the songwriting process for “Post Traumatic”, which is due on June 15. He explained: “It started in a really dark place. In the beginning, I wasn’t leaving my house. It felt very claustrophobic, having lost one of my closest friends and collaborators. We associate who we are, to some degree, with what we do, so I felt very lost.”
He continued: “The experience of this last year has been crazy, and I wanted to put it into music, not only to just put a stamp on it and say, ‘This happened,’ but also to allow the fans and the people who have been along for the ride, to guide them on that journey in terms of keeping up with my narrative or understanding where I’m at.”
Asked how difficult it was to write the songs for the album, many of which dealt with the death of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington, Shinoda added: “Life was difficult; music was easy. The music made things easier.”
Shinoda also spoke about dealing with his own grief over Bennington‘s suicide last summer, saying: “I had terrible days, and now I have less bad days. And eventually, I will find a new ‘normal,’ like a new stasis.”
Shinoda will make his first solo appearance since Bennington’s death at this spring’s Identity LA festival in downtown Los Angeles on May 12.