Linkin Park have been working on the follow-up to The Hunting Party since November, so far teasing the new album with Instagram posts and pictures in the studio. The band have now talked to Billboard, revealing the songwriting process behind it.
“We have a mountain of material,” said DJ Joe Hahn. Guitarist Brad Delson added: “It’s been a real just organic flow and I’m really excited about the music that’s being created”.
Delson also explained how working previously with producer Rick Rubin has influenced the work on the new record: “We’ve focused almost exclusively on songwriting, not on sound, not on genre, not on arrangement, on words and melodies. And that is something Rick [Rubin] has always told us to do years past and we never listened because we started always track first. Now we’re writing songs and now we’re just starting to get into the style of that”.
“We’re still in it so it’s still more unconscious than conscious,” Delson added. “But I feel, on a gut level, that there are very strong consistent themes in what we’re writing. I feel there’s been a thru line emotionally and it’s our job just to channel that and not overthink it”.