Mike Shinoda

Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda was born in Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills on February 11, 1977. He is best known as a rapper, keyboardist, rhythm guitarist, vocalist and a songwriter of Linkin Park. He also as a solo rapper of Fort Minor, his side project. He also provides artwork, production, and mixing for both groups.
Mike's father is Japanese American, and his mother is European American. He has a younger brother, Jason Shinoda. Mike begin his classical piano training with lessons when he was 6 years old. At the age of thirteen, he had a desire to playing jazz, blues, and even hip-hop. As long as his high school years, he added the guitar, and rap style vocals.

Mike got support from Brad Delson (lead guitar of  Linkin Park) and Rob Bourdon (the drummer) to write song and record in a makeshift studio set up in his bedroom. Finally they formed a band called Xero and began more serious to pursue their career in music industry.
He attended the Art Center College of Design to study graphic design and illustration where he met the DJ and turntablist Joseph Hahn and Delson's college friend Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bassist), was soon added to Xero's line up. His band brought in second vocalist Chester Bennington who replacing Mark Wakefield. And Linkin Park was being formed.

Background information :

Birth Name  : Michael Kenji Shinoda
Born              : February 11, 1977
Origin            : Agoura Hills, California, U.S.
Instruments : Vocals, rapping, guitar, keyboard, piano, samples, organ, percussion
Genre            : Alternative rock, nu metal, alternative hip hop, rap rock, rap, rap metal
Labels          : Warner Bros, Machine Shop
Website        : mikeshinoda.com
Twitter           : @m_shinoda

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