Linkin ParkguitaristBrad Delson recently caught up withFull Metal Jackie to talk about the band’s new album, how it re-inspired his love of playing and whyHybrid Theoryis such an important album. See below!
The new album The Hunting Party is out in stores now. Mike [Shinoda] described The Hunting Party as a loud rock record. Creatively from your perspective of being a guitar player, what was most exciting to you about making this type of album?
Doing a really aggressive record, instrument driven, certainly technical that was still progressive. Every time we go into the studio, we really want to push the boundaries sonically. For us, even though we kind of went back and reconnected with that love of playing we had when we were teenagers, its also a manifestation of our experience making songs and wanting to craft something thats progressive and we havent done before.
Brad, in what ways did making a heavier album take you back to your formative years as a musician when you were beginning to learn how to play guitar?
When I started around 12 or 13 I was obsessed with it. I took it everywhere I went. I played, 4-6 hours a day for 10 years. Over the course of making records and growing older I found it inspirational to play with other instruments and work on other aspects of the record making process over the years. On this record I really, as you said, just connected with that love of playing every day. It wound up being a real fun record to make from that perspective. I really fell in love again with playing guitar every day and I hope you can hear how much fun we had making the record when you listen to it.
You guys recently closed the second night of Download by playing Hybrid Theory in its entirety.Whats the significance of doing that now right at the point when a new album is being released?
It feels germane in a way because when we made Hybrid Theory, we were making something that we werent hearing. Thats what drove us to ultimately to write those songs. We had that same fascination and inspiration making The Hunting Party. We felt like there was a conflation of elements and sounds and a songwriting perspective that we werent hearing. Thats what drove us to make these songs.
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