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Mike Interview with Music Radar

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Music Radar has a new interview with Mike, where he talks about Chester a good bit in it before getting into Dropped Frames, Vol. 1.

 

"He was so remarkable in that way," said Shinoda, reflecting on Bennington's vocal range. "We didn't even know. I feel like we didn't even know the extent, meaning he and I, when we met and started writing together and experimenting with how he would fit into the band. 

 

Basically he would come in my house and it would either be just me and Chester or me, Chester and Brad. We would work on new material. It was '99 maybe, or '98 and we'd work on new material and see what directions we could push his voice. At the time he was still developing his own identity as a singer. And I say that because when he would sing a new thing, he was very good at imitating somebody else's style and he would often fall into his favourite singer's style, even to the extent that he would accidentally form words with an accent. 

 

So one minute he's Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode and the next minute he's Layne Staley and I'm like, "You just saying an 'r' and then you sang an 'arrr" and you're not that you're not even from the same country right now. We'd laugh and we'd joke about it. 


There's one part of it that's like just your natural instrument you've been given – he just had a had a wonderful instrument and he spent so much time learning it and getting in tune with it and unlocking it. There's a lot of great singers who hear a song like [Linkin Park's Crawling] and sing along in their car or their shower and it sounds so great.

 

"And then they sing it without the recording and they sing it by themselves and they go, 'Oh my God, that doesn't sound anything like it did in my head', and I've seen that I've seen that happen in it's very… I mean Chester's voice was insane. There was nothing else like it."

 

Check out the full interview here.

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Chester really was unique, and i'm glad he had parallel projects... because that way we got to hear his whole range power.
I mean, even LPU8 gives a sample of how much he could impersonate any singer. All those LPTV too, with him mocking and goofing around singing in many accents and styles.
 

I could be very biased, but this man is top 5 singers of all time.

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36 minutes ago, vinifeijo said:

Chester really was unique, and i'm glad he had parallel projects... because that way we got to hear his whole range power.
I mean, even LPU8 gives a sample of how much he could impersonate any singer. All those LPTV too, with him mocking and goofing around singing in many accents and styles.
 

I could be very biased, but this man is top 5 singers of all time.

He was awesome, the exact proof of what Mike says about Chester impersonating other singers can be heard easily in Grey Daze, where he basically impersonates Scott Weiland, Layney Stanley etc... His range was phenomenal, his ability to shift from completely different genres was outstanding 

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On 7/27/2020 at 8:03 PM, LPLStaff said:

Could honestly listen to Mike talk about Chester every day.

Same, it always melts my heart.

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