LINKIN PARK’s MIKE SHINODA Talks About Scoring ‘The Raid: Redemption’ Film

Mike Shinoda of LINKIN PARK scored the upcoming action film “The Raid: Redemption”, which opens nationwide on April 13.

If pre-ordered, the soundtrack for the film comes with an instant download of the song “Razors.Out” featuring Shinoda and DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno.

“The Raid: Redemption” opens in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. on March 23 and nationwide three weeks later.

When asked if the balance between the organic piano and string sounds and the electronic elements was integral to the score for “The Raid: Redemption”, Shinoda told ARTISTdirect, “As evidenced by the stuff we’ve done with LINKIN PARK over the years, that’s just been something I have a personal obsession with. Even on the first LINKIN PARK record, ‘Hybrid Theory’, that’s what the soldier with the dragonfly wings on the cover was all about. It’s about the hardness with the softness. Although we have our moments where we want to play something that’s just brutally loud and Chester‘s [Bennington] screaming his brains out, we’re the same band that’s going to write ‘My December’ or sing something softer. Both come naturally to us, and we love to do both. Some people get turned off by one or the other, and we’re okay with that. It’s kind of unapologetic in that sense.

“When they first contacted me about this movie, they cited a few things that I do like FORT MINOR and the remixes. I knew they wanted to do stuff I like to make for fun. When I talked to Gareth Evans [director] about it, I said, ‘For this movie, I really want to do something that’s fun for me. I don’t do film scores, but I want to get into them more. I’m interested in them. I want to go a little bit more traditional.’ He loved what I wanted to do. Some of that required creating musical themes that represented different characters and creating sonic things that represented certain characters. The piano in the earlier part of the movie is usually attached to Rama‘s wife. The main bad guy in the movie, Tama, doesn’t have a theme. He’s got a sound. It’s this one weird distorted sample that echoes out. That’s all you need. You get that in a moment, and you know it’s him. We tried to play back and forth with those elements because, in our minds, they had to really represent the characters we were portraying.”