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Mike Shinoda Talks New Music, Dealing With Grief And Spending Time With Linkin Park’s Fans

"I had terrible days. And now I have less bad days. And eventually I will find a new normal."

Mike Shinoda has spoken about his new solo album 'Post Traumatic', his experiences with grief following Chester Bennington's death, and his recent interactions with Linkin Park's fans.

In a conversation with ET Canada, he said that, "It started in a really dark place."

"In the beginning, I wasn’t leaving my house. It felt claustrophobic, having lost one of my closest friends and collaborators, and we associate who we are with to some degree what we do, right? So I felt very lost."

"What I realised at one point in this whole thing was, I was little bit apprehensive with meeting up with large groups of fans, because I knew that a lot of them would be crying, and saying, 'I’m sorry', and asking me, ‘why, what happened?’ and I was scared of that until I did it, and then I realised what a cathartic experience it was for them, and myself.”

"The experience of this last year’s been crazy. I wanted to put it into music, not only to just put like a stamp on it to say, ‘this happened’, but also to allow the fans and the people who have been along for the ride, to guide them on that journey and say, in terms of keeping up with my narrative or understanding where I’m at."

"Life was difficult, music was easy. Music made things easier. We started talking about, ‘what about mental health? Do you want to get involved with, for example, suicide prevention, do you want to get involved with organisations that deal with depression and so on, even addiction?’"

"I thought, number one, some of those things I just don’t have very much experience with. You’d think I do, because one of my best friends dealt with them, but I don’t personally suffer from those things."

"I think that the most powerful thing that I can do for people is to take the things that I learn and share them with people. For example with mental health I’ve learned that we should treat it like physical health. So if you say, ‘I’m feeling unhealthy’, if you wake up and say, ‘I’m feeling sick’, then what would you do? You’d stay home from work, you might take medication, and if it’s really bad you might say, ‘Oh I need to go see a doctor’. For some reason we don’t do that when it comes to mental health."

"Sometimes you have to just feel sad, and you’d have to just wait until it kind of just stops happening. Right? I had terrible days. And now I have less bad days. And eventually I will find a new normal."

"That is the journey that I’m on that, in this album you’ll see it happening. As I go out and start touring, talking to fans, doing different conversations with different people, it’ll evolve."

Speaking about his new songs, Mike said that, "If they become too hard to play, then I’ll take them out. But I’m going to start by really going for it and facing it head-on, and seeing what happens."

'Post Traumatic' is out June 15 via Warner Bros.