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Linkin Park Discuss ‘Mountain of Material’ for 2016 Album

"We’re approaching the process backwards, for us."

By Hayden Wright

Less than two years after releasing its sixth studio album The Hunting PartyLinkin Park is back in the practice room working on its next record, which should come out by the end of the year. And so far it’s been smooth sailing.

“It’s been a real just organic flow and I’m really excited about the music that’s being created,” guitarist Brad Delson told Billboard.

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“We have a mountain of material,” added DJ Joe Hahn.

Part of that “organic flow” might stem from Linkin Park’s new writing approach.

“The thing that’s notable to me, is that we’re approaching the process backwards, for us,” vocalist Mike Shinoda said. “Usually the music comes first and the words come second, even if it’s 30 minutes apart that’s usually what happens—the music inspires the words. And in this case it’s mostly the words and melodies first, no track.”

The band’s longtime producer Rick Rubin suggested the new approach to songwriting.

“We’ve focused almost exclusively on songwriting, not on sound, not on genre, not on arrangement, on words and melodies,” Shinoda said.  “And that is something Rick has always told us to do years past and we never listened because we started always track first. Now we’re writing songs and now we’re just starting to get into the style of that.”

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