Name: Mike Shinoda
Hails from: LA-ish
Known for: Staying busy. Shinoda is beloved by some for his decade of rockstardom with rock-hop (hip-rock?) band Linkin Park and side project Fort Minor. Others hail him for his music producing achievements, which include tracks and albums with the likes of Busta Rhymes and X-Ecutioners, and a slate of remixes from Depeche Mode to Metric.
Still others gasp at Shinoda’s art (he’s an Illustration grad of Pasadena’s Art Center, and created a scholarship there five years ago), which is integral to LP’s visual identity. Shinoda’s work has been featured in solo exhibits (read Giant Robot publisher Eric Nakamura’s notes on the artist’s recent show, Glorious Excess Dies, which drew crowds last year at the Japanese American National Museum), album art and shoes.
Basically, he’s everywhere and everything, like Kim Kardashian and/or God (whoever you subscribe to).
It’s no wonder, then, that Shinoda will be honored by the legendary East West Players at their 44th Anniversary celebrasian tonight! (If you aren’t familiar with the good work of EWP, check out their history–you’ll come to realize that every Amazian you’ve ever seen on stage or screen has performed on their stage or served on their board.)
Like we said, the man is everywhere. We can’t think of a person more deserving of the honor (except the other three honorees, hehehe).
Filed under: Art Center, Artists, Asian American Artists, Awesome Dudes, Busta Rhymes, Californiasians, Depeche Mode, East West Players, East West Players 44th Anniversary, Eric Nakamura, Fort Minor, Giant Robot, Illustrasian, JANM, Japanese American National Museum, Japanese-Americans, Linkin Park, Metric, Mike Shinoda, Musicians, Record Producers, Scholarships, Solo Exhibits, Visionaries, X-Ecutioners
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