Mike Shinoda

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Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (Japanese: 篠田賢治, born February 11, 1977)[1][2] is an American musician, record producer, artist, and actor. He is best known as the rapper, songwriter, keyboardist, vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Linkin Park, along with his best friend and lead singer Chester Bennington, and as a solo rapper in his side-project, Fort Minor. He also provides artwork, production, and mixing for both groups.



Early life

Shinoda was born and raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills.[1] His father is Japanese American, and his mother is Russian American.[3] He also has a younger brother, Jason Shinoda. Shinoda attended Parkman Elementary and Lindero Canyon Middle School.

As per his mother's wishes, Shinoda began his classical piano training with lessons around the age of six, his enthusiasm eventually growing. At the age of thirteen, he expressed the desire to move towards playing jazz, blues, and even hip-hop.[4] During his middle school and high school years, he added the guitar and, eventually, rap-style vocals to his repertoire.

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