Linkin Park will be returning with their seventh studio album — One More Light — on May 29th of this year. The band is no stranger to experimentation, forging early success by complimenting nu metal with rap on Hybrid Theory and Meteora, and later implementing sounds from various genres on Minutes to Midnight and electronica on A Thousand Suns with the aid of famed producer Rick Rubin.
Details on One More Light‘s sound and features are being kept close to the chest, but fans shouldn’t be surprised by the inclusion of Kiiara on the album’s lead single — “Heavy” — considering Linkin Park’s longstanding history of promoting creativity from within.
Chester Bennington broke down the creative process while working on “Heavy” and One More Light with 92.3 AMP Radio’s Omar in the Adorama Live Theatre.
“We didn’t leave the session until we had the song,” says Bennington, noting the band’s tendency to develop tracks first on previous records. “This time around… we did it opposite of what we normally did. We started with a conversation about what’s going on in our lives and we’d be in the room with either the band or… it would be one of us with the collaborators we had written with.”
“There was no music in the beginning of the day,” he continued. “Out of the conversations a chord progression would kind of be inspired. From that chord progression, we’d just start singing and writing lyrics right away. By the end of the day, we’d have all the lyrics done, all the melodies done, and if the song could be sung in that way and be moving and compelling, we knew it was worth working on.”
Watch the complete Facebook Live session below.