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Premiere: “Calm Before the Storm” w/ Mike Shinoda

blame it on Patrick Glynn July 31, 2015


Fort Minor, who many know as Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park fame), sat down with our family over at SKEE TV for the latest installment of their “Calm Before the Storm” series, Following Common’s kick off in December, Mike keeps it rolling as he breaks down his mindset before stepping in front of the bright lights of the stage with Linkin Park and, with his side project, Fort Minor.

Shinoda said he gets more nervous performing in front of a smaller group of people with Fort Minor than he does playing in a stadium with LP. “We’re about to play five stadium show in China with Linkin Park, and I’m not nervous at all,” Shinoda told 2DBZ via email. “But I’m playing for 800 people here in Los Angeles (as Fort Minor) and I’m a liiiiiitle bit [nervous].”

No matter how many shows the man plays, it’s nice to see that he still gets nervous and still has the drive to perform well.

On top of the video, Mike would like to offer fans of Fort Minor something special. The artist he is, Shinoda created a mural out of 1,000 vinyl jackets, which was portrayed in the video for “Welcome,” Fort Minor’s newest single. Eventually, the jackets will be paired with an 11″ x 6.5″ print, giving each fan a small piece of the large mural.


Later today, 2DBZ will be launching an official contest to win one of those customized vinyl jackets with a paint-splattered vinyl of “Welcome” included inside. The prize package will also include a mini art print of the mural, personalized to the winner and signed by Mike Shinoda. Stay tuned.