This week’s MTV PUSH Artist of the week is the incomparable Linkin Park. This is a band made up of many disparate talents and skill sets. On one hand you have a fully awesome band that have evolved from rap-rock to becoming, basically, the American Radiohead (adventurous, experimental rock that tackles socio-political issues, etc.). Then you add in Mike Shinoda‘s rapping and Joe Hahn’s DJ’ing (and impressive skills as a video director). That’s a lot of ingredients to mix.
Well, the below videos go a long way to explain how they make things work. In the first clip, we get an incredible, behind the scenes look at how Linkin Park work in the studio, as Shinoda and guitarist Brad Delson work out the melody for their track “Waiting For The End,” a song that you’ll find on Linkin’s soon-to-be-released, A Thousand Suns album.
Then, with the second clip, we get a behind-the-scenes look at Linkin Park’s music video process. And let’s just say, it’s kinda dirty. We catch up with the band on the set of their video for “The Catalyst” as they attack one another with pounds of colored dust, which may or may not be appropriate for throwing in people’s faces.
Check out the two clips of Linkin Park at work, both in the studio and on the video set, as well as their music video for “The Catalyst,” all below. And as a bonus, revisit their incredible performance of “The Catalyst” at Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, as part of the 2010 MTV VMAs with a video of the gig and some awesome photos, below.
Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns album, from which both “The Catalyst” and “Waiting For The End” are taken, is out on September 14.