Yhdysvaltalainen rockyhtye Linkin Park lukeutuu yhdeksi nu-metal -tyylisuunnan kautta aikain suosituimmista yhtyeistä, ja bändin albumeita on myyty maailmanlaajuisesti useita kymmeniä miljoonia kappaleita. Yhtyeen laulajana toimiva Mike Shinoda on antanut hiljattain Kerrang!:lle videohaastattelun, jossa on pohtinut nu-metal -sanan merkitystä bändille sekä koko musiikkimaailmalle vuosien saatossa. Miken mukaan oli aika jolloin nu-metal oli suurin asia koko maailmassa rockin ja metallin saralla, mutta samalla sitä pidettiin erittäin kornina ja se jakoi mielipiteitä varsin rajusti kahtia. Nyt tyylisuunta on alkanut saamaan taas uutta tuulta vahvasti alleen ja Mike Shinodan mukaan genre tuntuu olevan tällä hetkellä ainakin yksi cooleimpia uusia juttuja metallin saralla. Mike kertoi genren merkityksestä yhtyeelle sekä sen eri vaiheista seuraavaa:
“Honestly, I’ve lived through I don’t even know how many irritations of, ‘This thing being dead, and that thing being corny…’ And that comes back around. Nü-metal went from the biggest thing on the planet to the corniest thing on the planet to the coolest thing again.
“The point is, this stuff is typical and we have a new generation of artists—not just rappers—but artists in general who are infusing lots of rock and other styles into their music. It’s exciting—I don’t hate on that.
From Iann [Dior] to 24KGoldn, and Kid LAROI and Trippie Redd and even Post Malone! Post is a rockstar. Post is a singer, guitar player, and people think of him as a rapper because he presents himself that way sometimes, but music is just music, man. I’m not stuck on any of that genre garbage.”
“It’s part of the mission statement of Linkin Park. We were called the Hybrid Theory before the album, and we played a role in it—none of us tried to claim that we broke the boundaries between genres, but we played a role in breaking boundaries between genres. And it’s funny because some of the new generation don’t even know the way things were before bands like us, and then how albums like ‘Hybrid Theory‘ and so on changed the way people looked at music.
They were born after that, and they were born into the things that they are, mixed genres. Like ‘Hey, what’s your favorite type of music?’ ‘Oh, whatever.’ When I was a kid, if somebody said, ‘What’s your favorite type of music?’, you had an answer. It was this type. It was rap, it was metal, it was a specific kind of metal, and that was it.
‘Do you listen to these things too?’ ‘No, fuck those things.’ It’d be that serious. And now people don’t even think about it. I heard Led Zeppelin because Beastie Boys sampled them.
My first concert was Public Enemy with Anthrax and Primus. Those guys were paving the way for what was teaching me about blending genres. Rage had just come out! It was crazy.”
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