Known Like This

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"Known Like This"
Single by Ben Kessler
Recorded 2019
Released October 4, 2019
Format Digital
Length 3:23
Writer(s) Ben Kessler
Producer(s) Ben Kessler
Label VYB

"Known Like This" is a song by Ben Kessler that was produced by Mike Shinoda as a part of his ShinodaProduceMe initiative.


The original version of "Known Like This" was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Ben Kessler and released on October 6, 2019. The song explores the difficulty of connecting with others when the essence of your identity is unknown to them. He said, "I moved from Nashville to London for the first half of this year with no real plans, contacts or friends," recalls Kessler of the origins for the new song. "For the first time in a long time I felt unknown. My family, friends, values, interests – all the things that form my identity – felt distant, and were unknown to everyone that I was surrounded by. Meeting new people became a reflective thing; I spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to be known, and how I don't."[1]

Mike Shinoda produced a new version of the song as a part of his ShinodaProduceMe initiative. Kessler had reached out to Mike over Instagram in 2020 and then, on January 25, 2021 the song was picked up by Mike to be produced live on Twitch. Kessler recalls, “He then pulled up a video of me performing an acoustic version of ‘Known Like This’ as an example of the sort of thing he was planning to produce. I immediately hit Mike up to say thanks, and I offered the vocals for [the song]. I love how Mike found a way to make a fairly serious, self-reflective thing feel so positive. I think everyone feels like a stranger to themselves at times…and that’s okay.”[2].

Music Video

The original version of the song received a video treatment shot by Luke Harvey of Mossflower Pictures at Kessler's house in Nashville. It premiered on November 1st, 2019. He explained, "We didn't shoot with a storyboard; the idea was that we'd capture what came naturally, and that would be the most honest reflection of how I want to be known. While recording, we realized that it is difficult to capture the essence of a person in a singular moment, feeling, outfit, or facial expression. And it’s a paradox to try to act naturally. The finished video is a sort of amalgamation of shots - some happy, some confused, some anxious, some light-hearted, some serious. I guess the answer to “how I want to be known” isn’t just one thing."[3]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Known Like This Known Like This 3:23 2019 October 4, 2019
Known Like This (Mike Shinoda Mix) Known Like This (Mike Shinoda Mix) 2:52 2019-2021 April 8, 2021
  • Produced by Mike Shinoda.



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