"Issho Ni" was a song created by Mike Shinoda in the fourth week of March 2011 exclusively for Music For Relief's Download To Donate: Tsunami Relief compilation.
After the success of Download To Donate For Haiti in January 2010, the band decided to launch a second campaign entitled Download To Donate: Tsunami Relief to help the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami/earthquake. The proceeds went to Save the Children.
On March 22, 2011, the day the project was released, Mike posted on his blog: "We are thrilled to announce that the NEW www.downloadtodonate.org Japan site is up now. Donate $10 or more, and get access to great music. We intend to add more tracks in the coming months; anyone who donates will have access to these tracks PLUS future tracks that get added. Right now, we have new recordings from Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Angels & Airwaves, B’z, Hoobastank, Sara Bareilles, Flyleaf, Staind, Slash + Myles Kennedy, Counting Crows, Plain White T’s, Elliott Yamin, Enrique Iglesias, and Linkin Park. The Linkin Park song is entitled “Issho Ni,” meaning “we’re in this together.” It’s an instrumental song that I cooked up this week to benefit the cause."
After the reading fans reactions to the Linkin Park song, Mike made another post on his blog, on March 24, 2011: "This is "Issho Ni," the Linkin Park song we contributed to www.downloadtodonate.org. I saw a bunch of comments that: 1.) you thought it should have been structured in a different way because you wanted more "action" earlier in the song, and 2.) you thought there should have been vocals. I'll tell you what: you guys edit it, add vocals, sample it, do whatever you like--I'll let you finish the song. The vocals don't have to be about Japan, they can be about whatever. Sing, rap, rearrange, remix, write new material, whatever....and I'll post the best versions I hear up here on www.mikeshinoda.com."
The remixes picked and posted by Mike were made by Xefuzion, Catalysis, zwieR.Z., Dmitry Zemtsov, Nairod.
The Download To Donate: Tsunami Relief songs were completely taken down by June. Additionally, the posts on Mike's blog and Linkin Park's website disappeared at that time.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Issho Ni||Download To Donate: Tsunami Relief||3:50||March 2011||March 22, 2011||
"Issho Ni" has never been performed live, however, it was featured during the pre-show of the band's presentation of A Thousand Horizons in Tokyo, Japan.
- Mike Shinoda