Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda uses music to deal with pain

Mike Shinoda takes to social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to engage and connect with fans.
Mike Shinoda takes to social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to engage and connect with fans.PHOTO: FRANK MADDOCKS AND LAMC PRODUCTIONS

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda wrote songs for a new album, Post Traumatic, after his bandmate Chester Bennington took his own life

After losing his band's frontman and one of his closest friends to suicide, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda dealt with the pain the only way he knew how to - through music.

He and Chester Bennington shared vocal duties in the best-selling Californian rap-rock outfit for more than 20 years before the latter, aged 41, took his own life last July.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'Using music to deal with pain'. Print Edition | Subscribe