Mike Shinoda says speaking to Linkin Park fans after Chester Bennington’s death was a “cathartic experience”

He releases his 'Post Traumatic' solo album in June

Mike Shinoda has explained that connecting with Linkin Park fans after the death of bandmate Chester Bennington has been a “cathartic experience”.

Shinoda recently announced a new solo album ‘Post Traumatic’ in the wake of the tragic death of the band’s co-frontman Chester Bennington back in July 2017 at the age of 41.

Speaking recently to ET Canada, Shinoda said of working on the album: “It started in a really dark place. At the beginning, I wasn’t really leaving my house. It felt really claustrophobic. Having lost one of my closest friends and collaborators… I felt very lost”.


“The experience of this last year has been crazy and I wanted to put it into music,” Shinoda added, saying that he wanted to let fans to know “where I’m at” and that he “wanted to take what I’ve learned and share it with people”.

Discussing his work with mental health groups, Shinoda described how he was anxious at first about speaking to fans about Bennington’s death, but that such conversations have been a “cathartic experience, for them and myself”.

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park

“Life was difficult, music was easy. Music made things easier,” Shinoda said.

“Sometimes you just have to feel sad, and you have to just wait until it stops happening. Right? I had terrible days, and now I have less bad days. And eventually I will find a new normal, a new stasis.”


Shinoda recently responded to speculation over the future of Linkin Park, saying that he has “no answer” for fans.

Shinoda’s ‘Post Traumatic’ album follows on from January’s ‘Post Traumatic EP’. The solo LP will be released on June 15 via Warner Bros.