|Song by Mike Shinoda|
|Working title||Cactus Forest, Post Milan, Open Door|
|Released||March 17, 2020 (Demo), Single Date TBA|
"Open Door" is an upcoming single from Mike Shinoda. The single currently has no release date as Mike is still sorting through fan submissions for the chorus of the song. A demo of the song was released by Mike to fans on March 17, 2020. He has continued working on the song throughout March, April, and May 2020.
On February 11, 2020, Mike tweeted, "let’s try this. you can now text me at 310.935.0302." He had set up a new Community.com contact list of fans after posting an Instagram photo at Community earlier in 2020. The first message fans received stated, "HI THERE! thanks for texting me. this is an autotext to let you know I got your message, everything else will be from me directly. just click the link and you'll be added to my phone" followed by a link to add yourself to his community list."
Upon adding themselves, fan got a follow up text saying, "thanks- i added you. i'm planning to experiment with texting people some fun stuff. what should i send?"
If you were one of the first 1,000 to text Mike, you got one final series of texts that included "Thank you for being one of the first people to text me! Yes it is me. I'll be occasionally replying to people, and maybe doing some experiments via text. Feel free to tell a friend." Fans then got a selfie from Mike on his birthday followed by one final text - "By the way, you're one of the first 1000 people. So cool"
When calling the number, fans were greeted with a voicemail message from Mike.
Finally on the 11th, Mike sent fans a video clip of a new song he was working on. He added, "that's a track i'm working on today" & "No name for it yet but we'll see what happens" Later that night, he did a "textcast" with Bobby Kim aka Bobby Hundreds. He said, "Guys. I'm with my friend Bobby Hundreds. We have an idea: a very short podcast via text. A "textcast!" Text me a question with the hashtag #MikeAndBobby and maybe we'll answer yours" On February 21st, Mike sent a message via Community to fans to say hello and that they had a good week.
On February 26, 2020, Mike posted a photo on Instagram saying, "aren’t we all just looking for open doors?"
Later that day he sent fans a message with three demos, asking which one he should continue working on by saying, "which demo should i work on today? 1, 2, or 3" The working titles for the three demos were "Open Door", "Post Milan", and "Cactus Forest."
He then sent a second message saying that fans voted for all three demos and that he had combined them to one song, including a clip of the track for everyone.
On February 29th, Mike sent a message that read, "Happy Saturday. Thanks for helping me with that song. I had a bunch of ideas at random times. Whenever stuff comes to me, I record it in my Voice Memos on my phone... we'll see how these ideas start to come together this week" He included a photo from his iPhone Voice Memos, listing demo names, "open door new verse 0:36", "open door verse needs transition at end 0:34", "New Recording 329 0:24", "New Recording 328 0:23", "open door chorus 0:37", "post milan cactus chorus 1 - open door 0:57", "cactus forest 0:59", and "New Recording 327."
On March 7th, Mike messaged fans a demo clip of the track in progress. His message with the demo said, "Remember the beats I mashed together? Still toying with that track:"
On March 16th, Mike's text to fans said, "Greetings from lock down in Los Angeles. Hope you're making the best of this weird situation. We decided to be conservative and stay in. The good news is, I'm getting pretty good at Fortnite. Take care of yourself and your loved ones"
On March 17th, Mike went live on Instagram for over thirty four minutes to discuss the Los Angeles coronavirus quarantine and new music. During the broadcast, he asked fans for help on writing the bridge of the demo that they had heard before. He played guitar, chopped it up, and edited the bridge while talking to fans and then explained that he would send an mp3 of the full demo once he mixed it quickly.
In the message he sent fans, Mike wrote, "As promised on IG etc., here's a new song :) It's called "open door." it's just a demo. Feel free to share it with friends. be safe out there!" The album title in the .mp4 file Mike sent was labeled, "the coronavirus session 3.17.20" and Mike said on Instagram, "open door, now available if you know someone who’s got it"
On March 18, Mike tweeted, "I have an idea. I want another voice on the chorus of Open Door. Maybe it can be one of you? Get the song, sing it, post a link on Twitter with the hashtag #SingOpenDoor and if I love something I’ll let you know." On March 22, Mike followed up, saying, "We’re crowdsourcing vocals on “Open Door,” so why not crowdsource the art, too? #DesignOpenDoor // winner gets the cover design + $1000 US"
On March 31, a message posted on Mike's Instagram story by Typespire (the company doing the #DesignOpenDoor contest) read, "A huge thank you to everyone who took part in #designopendoor with Mike Shinoda. We have seen some really brilliant submissions you have all put together in no less than a week. We hope you've all enjoyed it as much as we all have seeing all of your designs. We're glad we could bring the community together whilst under quarantine to really showcase the power of connectivity, creativity, and community. We present to you our top 50. Of which Mike Shinoda will be handpicking his winner to be chosen on the cover of his EP Open Door, along with a $1,000 US prize!"
This lead to fans thinking a new EP for "Open Door" had been confirmed and the winning artwork would be featured on an EP instead of just a single. On April 1, Mike replied to an LPLive tweet about an EP coming soon saying, "I don’t think i said that. Open Door is just a song. Sorry!"
Throughout April, Mike has been taking fan submissions for vocals for the song as well as holding an art contest for the single cover. On April 18th, the winner was announced as being "Guytown" from France for the single artwork. As of early May, there has been no update from Mike yet on a release date or which fan submissions will be included on the song.
On May 5th, Mike said, "The "Open Door" single is on the way. I chose a bunch of vocalists and wanted to put them all on the track, so it has to all be approved... the approval process is happening now. I'll have an update shortly."
In the third week of May, Mike reiterated that "Open Door" will be coming soon.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Open Door||3:20||2020||March 17, 2020||
- Mike Shinoda
Original concept by Mike Shinoda
- https://twitter.com/mikeshinoda/status/1240132202232504322 Twitter: Mike Shinoda
- https://twitter.com/mikeshinoda/status/1241792490610421760 Mike Shinoda: Twitter
- https://lplive.net/forums/topic/14097-new-mike-shinoda-open-door-single-coming/ LPLive: Open Door Single Coming Soon
- https://twitter.com/mikeshinoda/status/1245225550248984576 Mike Shinoda: Twitter
- Guytown on Instagram: “🕯🚪 submission for @typespire & @m_shinoda ˋs #designopendoor 1️⃣ cover 2️⃣ cover detail 3️⃣ vinyl 4️⃣ spotify screen 5️⃣ negative…”, March 27, 2020
- Foto do Instagram de Mike Shinoda: “aren’t we all just looking for open doors?”, February 26, 2020