How Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda got inspired from a game character

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Linkin Park

are one of the few modern rock bands that have international appeal and recognition. They have been highly successful and are quite popular both in the US and outside. About two years back, lead vocalist Chester Bennington’s suicide caused much pain and shock among bandmates and fans. While the bandmates found it quite hard to carry on as Linkin Park, they have not put off their musical pursuits.

Mike Shinoda

, one of the founding members of Linkin Park, has been uploading to

video game

streaming website Twitch of late and experimenting with a “Euro Pop” song, as per a report by

GameRant

. While working on the track, the musician got inspired from an unlikely source: the game character KK Slider from Animal Crossing New Horizons. KK Slider is a guitar-playing dog and a popular character in the game.
The singer/songwriter used the sounds made by KK Slider and included it in the song mix he is working on. Want to see how that went? Here’s a short clip.
https://clips.twitch.tv/HardDeliciousMeerkatBabyRage
This experimentation of Shinoda’s is an electronic one and is a hint at the progression of the route that the band has taken with albums Minutes To Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010) and Living Things (2012), ditching their alternative/nu metal (take your pic) style and moving on to electronic music.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the fifth main game in the Animal Crossing series in which players take control of a customisable character on a deserted island and can explore and do a variety of things like catch fish and insects, craft items etc. The game became very popular during the coronavirus-induced lockdown. During the initial phases of the lockdown, it had become the most-discussed game on Twitter. It came out on March 20, right when the coronavirus crisis went from being limited to certain populations in countries like China, Italy and Iran to becoming a global pandemic, causing governments across the word to impose lockdowns.

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