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Song by Linkin Park
Recorded December 2008
Released December 12, 2008
Format Digital
Length 2:29
Writer Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda


"Lockjaw" was an instrumental song created in 2008 by Mike Shinoda exclusively for Digidesign while reviewing their ProTools 8 software.[1]

Mike Shinoda wrote on his blog: "They let me borrow the new Protools 8, I made them a song, did and interview for their site, and spoke at their booth at NAMM."[2]

On December 10, 2008, a video of Mike working on the song was posted in his blog. During the video, Rob Bourdon can be seen recording drums for the song.

After watching the video, a lot of fans started to ask Mike to release the song, so he gave it to LPU members[3] as an early Christmas gift on December 12, 2008. "As some of you may have seen on www.mikeshinoda.com, we're in the studio working on some new music. Recently, I took some time out to play around with the new ProTools 8 recording software. This is the track I came up with. I thought you guys might enjoy it...think of it as a holiday gift. Take care, and a have a happy new year."[4]

On December 4, 2009, Mike wrote on his blog, "I don’t rant often, but this particular note deserves it. I’ll write this while the studio computer is restarting. Here’s the deal. I hope you guys at Digidesign are reading. ProTools is friggin crashing…every time I zoom in too far. What? I can’t zoom? The engineers and I have tried to hunt down the root of this problem (online) for a month. We haven’t come up with anything. We then called the Digidesign artist relations team, who have told us 3 times “OK, give us a time when you guys will be in the studio, and we’ll call you.” They flake. Every time. Ethan (our engineer) asked if we could call them. “No, because we need a tech on the phone…” And so on. To be fair, I know these guys are busy actually fixing this bug…but this is industry-standard software. Your average ProTools rig is about $30-50,000.00. I want to be able to, um…zoom. I hear that Logic and Cubase both zoom in. Even Garage Band zooms in, and that came free with my computer. And after I did lockjaw and helped them promote PT8…and the NAMM appearance…and tell everyone how awesome their stuff is, maybe they could at least give a fella a call back."[5]

The song returned to the LP Underground in 2010 when it was added to the LPU Radio player.[6]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Lockjaw 2:29 December 2008 December 12, 2008
  • Released as an early Christmas gift for LPU members on December 12, 2008 in MP3 160kbps format.


  • Mike Shinoda
  • Rob Bourdon


  1. ProTools 8: Mike in the Studio « Mike Shinoda's Blog, December 10, 2008
  2. In Studio: March 2009 « Mike Shinoda's Blog, March 24, 2009
  3. Response to Comments-LP Album « Mike Shinoda's Blog, November 24, 2009
  4. Lockjaw & RTR Streaming - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, December 22, 2008
  5. Digidesign / ProTools rant « Mike Shinoda's Blog, December 04, 2009
  6. "Lockjaw" added to LPU Radio - Everything Linkin Park - Linkin Park Live, March 06, 2010