Crossing A Line

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"Crossing A Line"
Single by Mike Shinoda
from the album Post Traumatic
Recorded 2017-2018
Released March 29, 2018
Format Digital
Length 4:02
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 68
Key Db Major
Live debut May 12, 2018
Writer(s) Mike Shinoda
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda
Label Warner Bros. Records

Post Traumatic track listing
  1. Place To Start
  2. Over Again
  3. Watching As I Fall
  4. Nothing Makes Sense Anymore
  5. About You
  6. Brooding
  7. Promises I Can't Keep
  8. Crossing A Line
  9. Hold It Together
  10. Ghosts
  11. Make It Up As I Go
  12. Lift Off
  13. I.O.U
  14. Running From My Shadow
  15. World's On Fire
  16. Can't Hear You Now

"Crossing A Line" is the first single off of Post Traumatic by Mike Shinoda. The song had its premiere at 106.7 KROQ FM's Kevin & Bean Show at 7 AM PT on March 29, 2018.[1] It was released as a double single with "Nothing Makes Sense Anymore".


In late February 2018, Mike Shinoda started posting various photos and videos of himself, Brad Delson and Ethan Mates at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, which started speculation about new solo music from Mike being on the way.[2] He confirmed this at the shooting for the "Crossing A Line" music video, saying, "I love to make art and I love to make music, and one reason I get to do that is because of you guys. I am just really, really grateful for that. [...] I have been writing songs in the moment. As I went on, not every song was a sad song. And they've been about a lot of things. I've started to put them together and it looks like it'll be an album. It isn't an album about grief, but it starts there."[3][4]


Digital Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Crossing A Line Mike Shinoda 4:02
2 Nothing Makes Sense Anymore Shinoda 3:33

Music Video

Music Video

On March 8, 2018, Mike Shinoda announced on Twitter he was in Los Angeles shooting a new music video and invited fans to meet him outside of Tower Records at 8:30 to be a part of the video.[5][6][7] Once there, he requested fans to turn their phones off and played "Crossing A Line" twice via Bluetooth speaker. He said the song would not be heard for a while as he was still making the music and asked everyone to keep the song title a secret. The video shoot was impromptu. Later in the night he went around Hollywood and into The Roxy to shoot more footage.[3][4]

Rough Sketch Version

Before the official music video, Mike Shinoda shot and edited a rough version of it by himself. This original version was released on June 15, 2019. Mike wrote, "Before we shot the actual video for Crossing A Line, I went out to Sunset Blvd late one night and shot a rough version by myself. It uses an unfinished version of the song. I thought I would share it to celebrate 1 year of Post Traumatic."[8]

Adam Ruehmer wrote, "I remember being sent this video before we went out to shoot the real video. It was the first time I heard the song. Pretty sure I told @lorenzoerr right then that we had to release this version of the video at some point. Glad we finally could! Love this."[9]


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Crossing A Line Crossing A Line / Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

Post Traumatic

4:02 2017-2018 March 29, 2018
Crossing A Line (Radio Edit) Crossing A Line (Promo) 3:34 2017-2018 March 29, 2018
  • Shortened intro.
Crossing A Line (Music Video) [Rough Sketch Version] 4:14 2017-2018 June 15, 2019
  • Rough mix.
  • Fewer layers.
Crossing A Line Post Traumatic - Instrumentals 4:03 2017-2018
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Crossing A Line (Live In Moscow, 2018) Soundcheck Session: Live In Moscow 4:47 September 1, 2018 November 15, 2018
  • Video only.


"Crossing A Line" was first played at Mike's first ever solo show. Mike plays guitar on the song, making it one of the few songs where he plays an instrument.


On March 21, Mike went live on Instagram and, without saying a word, played various instrumental sounds from the song.[10][11]

Official promotion for the single started on March 26, 2018, when Mike Shinoda posted three images on Instagram forming a black line over a white background.[12][13][14] The first teaser for the music video was posted on March 27 and featured Mike drawing inside a bathroom at The Roxy.[15] A second teaser was posted on March 28 and featured Mike singing while walking in the streets of Los Angeles and while driving his car.[16]

Mike went to the Kevin & Bean Show on March 29 for the premiere of the song.[1]


  • Written and produced by Mike Shinoda
  • Vocals by Mike Shinoda
  • Mixed by Manny Marroquin
  • Mastered by Michelle Mancini



External Links

  • Crossing A Line (Music Video): YouTube


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kevin Ryder on Twitter: "Tomorrow @kevinandbean Tix in the Goodie Bag Section for April Foolishness, @drdrew, are you a loser if you go to the movies by yourself?, and @mikeshinoda w new solo music at 7 AM PT!…" ., March 28, 2018
  2. Mike in the Studio - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, March 01, 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 Video shooting tonight with Mike Shinoda in... - Linkin Park Romania, March 09, 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mike Shinoda Confirms New Solo Album - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, March 09, 2018
  5. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "I feel like meeting up with you guys later tonight." ., March 08, 2018
  6. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Nope, I’m not playing a show. But I’m in LA and shooting some footage for a video.… " ., March 08, 2018
  7. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "How about 8:30? See you guys in Hollywood.… " ., March 08, 2018
  8. Crossing A Line (Music Video) [Rough Sketch Version - Mike Shinoda - YouTube], June 15, 2019
  9. Adam Ruehmer on Twitter: "I remember being sent this video before we went out to shoot the real video. It was the first time I heard the song. Pretty sure I told @lorenzoerr right then that we had to release this version of the video at some point. Glad we finally could! Love this.…" ., June 15, 2019
  10. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Going live on Instagram in 5." ., March 21, 2018
  11. Mike Shinoda Instagram Live (21\/03\/2018) - YouTube, March 21, 2018
  12. Mike Shinoda (@m_shinoda) on Instagram, March 26, 2018
  13. Mike Shinoda (@m_shinoda) on Instagram, March 26, 2018
  14. Mike Shinoda (@m_shinoda) on Instagram, March 26, 2018
  15. M S - YouTube, March 27, 2018
  16. Mike Shinoda, March 28, 2018
  17. Mike Shinoda on Instagram: “Had an unforgettable time hanging with you all last night. Thank you for sharing your time and your stories. Very excited what’s yet to…”, March 09, 2018