Nu-metal is officially cool again according to Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda
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Good news, people. It’s time to bring back the cargo pants and belt chains because nu-metal is now officially cool again. 

No less an authority than Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has stated the genre has been given a new lease of life through modern music, as more and more artists have been adopting elements of the genre’s sound. 

“Honestly, I've lived through I don't even know how many iterations of, 'This thing being dead, and that thing being corny…’,” he tells Kerrang! Radio. “And that comes back around. Nu-metal went from the biggest thing on the planet to the corniest thing on the planet to the coolest thing again.”

He puts the resurgence in interest down to the fact that modern artists mix and match sounds from a wide range of genres.

"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 them for that,” he says.

"From Ian to 24KGoldn, and Kid LAROI, 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. I'm not stuck on any of that genre garbage.”

You can listen to the full interview below:

Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music.