While fans were able to “unlock” the song late last week by playing the band’s new Facebook game, “LP Recharge,” “A Light that Never Comes” was officially debuted during The Kevin & Bean Show, with band member Mike Shinoda calling in to discuss the track with the KROQ DJs.
“The coolest part about the song is it was really organic in how it came together,” Shinoda explained. “Steve (Aoki) and I first talked on Twitter, and then we were emailing, and then we started throwing music back and forth. It eventually resulted in besides the song being finished, we got onstage with him at a show that we did, the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan, which is one of their biggest shows. It’s a really diverse bill, and Chester and I went onstage with him and played the song.”
Shinoda discussed how the seeds of the collaboration were planted when the band released instrumental and a capella versions of songs from their last studio album, 2012’s Living Things. After being inundated with remixes from various DJs using the individual parts, the band decided to share those versions with their most dedicated fans.
“Anybody who bought Living Things on our website directly from us at LinkinPark.com, they got a remix a month for like six months, which is really pretty cool. But in order to get those remixes [to send out] for the six months, we got tons and tons of remixes,” Shinoda elaborated. “We ended up with a bunch of different [remixes] that people have still not heard, and we’re actually going to be putting them together on a remix album, Recharged [set for release on October 29]. The album will have remixes from Datsik, Killsonik, and there’s a remix of the Aoki song by Rick Rubin himself.
“Rick [Rubin] doesn’t usually make a track, he produces stuff for other people, so this is a really special thing. I’m really excited about it,” Shinoda continued.