Mike Shinoda Produces Ninth Track “Enough” by Kintsuku Live on Twitch!


After wrapping up the previous two tracks featured on his Twitch channel, Mike Shinoda began production on a new song on Wednesday. This new track from artist Kintsuku, titled “Enough,” was the second new song to be introduced this week.

Shinoda started Tuesday by revisiting Megan Lenius’ track “Not Your Game,” which was featured on Mike’s channel last week. Following the initial production of the track, Lenius went live on her own Twitch channel to record new guitar and vocal tracks. Shinoda incorporated these into the song, building off Lenius’ new guitar tracks, editing the bridge, and refining the end of the song using the new vocals. Afterward, Shinoda moved onto the second track, “Darkest Days” by Becko, which also needed some finishing touches on the background vocals and effects.

Wednesday got off to a bit of a late start, Shinoda having gotten carried away preparing for a brand new track, titled “Enough” by artist Kintsuku. Viewers were excited to see another female vocalist, the second one after Megan Lenius. For the basis of her song, Kintsuku recorded piano and vocal tracks and posted a clip of the live performance on Twitter for members of Shinoda’s #AnRMY to find.

When listening to the original tracks, Shinoda thought the song would progress nicely with a more cinematic sound. To prep for the live stream, he pulled a few different strings with a warm tone, specifically violas and cellos, as well as a French horn. Starting work on the track, Shinoda conducted a poll to have viewers help him decide which direction to take the piano track. The options were to use Kintsuku’s original live piano or a modified version of it by putting a filter and slight tape distortion over it. Voters chose to use live piano, and Shinoda then decided to rerecord Kintsuku’s piano track in his studio’s live room. Moving onto adding more instruments, Shinoda then recorded live drums and added the strings, bass, and various different effects.

Kintsuku is the stage name for musician and producer Ellie, based in Manchester in Northern England. Not only is she a natural at creating some amazing vocals, but she can also play the guitar and keyboard. Coming out of a bit of a rough patch, Kintsuku has started to get back into creating music and is even aiming to come out with an EP or album sometime this year. She recently started streaming live on Twitch three days a week, performing cover songs as well as her own original music. Her cover songs can be found on her YouTube channel, and the majority of her original music and collaborations can be found on Soundcloud.

As a special announcement, another one of the tracks Shinoda produced live has a release date set! “The Way Down” by artist Wax//Wane will drop Friday, March 5, as the first single for his upcoming album. It is currently available for pre-save here on Spotify.

If you weren’t able to see Kintsuku’s “Enough” be produced live by Mike Shinoda, you can still watch the Twitch replay below! Make sure to check out Kintsuku’s music, as well as Shinoda’s previous production sessions. Make sure to stay tuned to Shinoda’s Twitch channel weekdays around 10 a.m. PT, as he will be finishing up Kintsuku’s track on Thursday, February 4 and starting on a new song from Matt Heafy, of the band Trivium, on Friday, February 5!

Katherine joined the Nerds and Beyond team as a writer in 2020. Her superpowers include balancing being a part time tutor, and preparing to be a first year teacher. Her lifelong obsessions include World War ll, hard rock, creative writing, solving complex math problems, and kittens. But her biggest loves are Linkin Park, Evanescence, Sleeping At Last, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Stargate, and more. When she isn’t binge watching/listening to her favorites (for the nth time), she can be found traveling the country—mostly to different concerts and conventions.

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