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Song by Beta State from the album LP Underground XIII
Recorded October 2013
Released November 18, 2013
Format Digital, CD
Length 4:07
Live debut March 6, 2015
Writer Ryan Hernandez, Adrian Robison, Justin Kastner, Matt McDonald
Producer Linkin Park
Label Machine Shop Recordings

LP Underground XIII track listing
  1. Basquiat (2007 Demo)
  2. Holding Company (2011 Demo)
  3. Primo (I'll Be Gone Longform 2010 Demo)
  4. Hemispheres (2011 Demo)
  5. Cumulus (2002 Demo)
  6. Pretty Birdy (Somewhere I Belong 2002 Demo)
  7. Universe (2006 Demo)
  8. Apaches (Until It Breaks Demo No. 1)
  9. Foot Patrol (Until It Breaks Demo No. 2)
  10. Three Band Terror (Until It Breaks Demo No. 3)
  11. Truth Inside A Lie (LPU Sessions 2013)
  12. Change (LPU Sessions 2013)


Beta State was founded by former members of Strata, who released two albums on Wind-Up. At Linkin Park's show in Mountain View, CA, on June 05, 2011, a group of fans approached Chester Bennington and gave him an iPod Touch saying, "We’re in a band called Beta State, and we’d be honored if you guys would check out our music."

After the show, Chester showed Phoenix and Mike Shinoda the iPod, which contained all of the band's songs and music videos as well as a note addressed to Mike. Phoenix said, "at this point, it almost doesn’t even matter what their band sounds like–they obviously get it." Mike appreciated their effort and posted about them on his blog.[1]

On July 22, 2013, Linkin Park announced a contest called LPU Sessions which allowed members of LP Underground over 18 years old in the United States to submit original material with a chance to work with the band in the studio and have their songs featured on the LP Underground XIII album. Submissions were accepted until August 4, 2013 and were judged by the LPU Headquarters. 10 finalists were announced on August 12, 2013 and were judged by LPU members, who were allowed to vote once a day for their favorite finalist until August 25, 2013. The winners were announced on September 3, 2013.[2]

The San Francisco band named Beta State, with the song "When I'm Too Weak To Know" off their #Friendship EP, was one of the winners of the Grand Prize Package, which included round trip tickets to Los Angeles, 2 nights hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers in Los Angeles, 2 days in the Red Bull Studio with Linkin Park, a wrap party at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood and a Hard Rock Cafe gift pack.[3] After a few days of hard work in early October, they emerged with "Change".[4] Not only the song was produced by Linkin Park but it also features keyboards and samples by Mike Shinoda.

The song was started from the vocals, Matt McDonald said, "We had always talked about wanting to write this way, but it wasn’t until the LPU Sessions that we were able to make it happen for the first time. Usually, we would “jam” out ideas in our live room for hours, record live demos of the songs, and then go home and tweak them until the were done. With this approach, we naturally wrote music first and then vocals after, which can be limiting to what I may have wanted to do vocally. Now, we make everything much more collaborative, and once I have completed a vocal that everyone is satisfied with, we then restructure the music to fit the vocal in the best way possible. When we are sitting in front of a computer and recording ideas AS they happen, we can capture magical moments better, and also hear the whole song from objective point of view… instead of sitting in a loud studio where we can’t always hear what everyone is playing and are preoccupied with our own instruments."[5]

After the session, Beta State partnered with The Collective, the same management firm that works with Linkin Park.

"Change" was released on the LP Underground XIII CD in November 2013. On the booklet, Matt wrote: "LP brought such a positive and humbled approach to songwriting. Great vibes. It was like working with people I had known for years." Adrian wrote: "These guys are true professionals. It was a real treat to learn from their years of collective experience. There were no egos, just a room full of enthusiastic musicians trying ideas, working together to complete a song."


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Change (LPU Sessions 2013) LP Underground XIV 4:07 October 2013 November 18, 2013
  • LPU Sessions winner.
  • Features keyboard and samples by Mike Shinoda.


Beta State performed "Change" for the first time at San Francisco's Bottom Of The Hill club on March 6, 2015.[6] A video of the performance was uploaded to Beta State's official YouTube channel but has since been made private.

Mike Shinoda never joined Beta State live for the song.


Beta State

  • Matt McDonald - lead vocals
  • Ryan Hernandez - guitar
  • Justin Kastner - bass guitar
  • Adrian Robison - drums

Additional Musicians

  • Mike Shinoda - keyboard, samples


  • LPU Sessions Engineered and Mixed by Ethan Mates
  • LPU Sessions Digital Editing by Josh Newell
  • Red Bull Studio Engineers: Eric Stenman and James Musshorn
  • LPU Sessions Recorded at Red Bull Studio, Los Angeles
  • All Songs Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering
  • Produced by Linkin Park.


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