Place To Start

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"Place To Start"
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Song by Mike Shinoda from the album Post Traumatic
Recorded 2017
Released January 25, 2018
Length 2:13
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 105
Key B Minor
Live debut May 12, 2018
Writer Mike Shinoda
Producer 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

"Place To Start" is the first song on Mike Shinoda's debut studio album, Post Traumatic.


"Place To Start" is the only song on the Post Traumatic EP not to be performed entirely by Mike Shinoda as Rob Bourdon provided percussion on the song.[1] He said, "I made the music / track of “Place To Start” while we were working on the OML album. Rob did brushes and crashes on it back then."[2]

On an interview to Kerrang!, he further elaborated saying, "That track actually started during the [2017 album] One More Light sessions. I had brought it in as a demo and never developed it all the way to the finish. There was a time when I thought that should be the intro to the One More Light album, actually. When I listened back to it, the idea of starting the EP before Chester passed away was something I thought was nice. There was an element of that that felt... older. The lyrics are all new... Well, I shouldn't say 'all new', but they are through the lens of where I was at that particular moment. I wanted to get people, in a sense, caught up with the answer to the question that everyone asks: 'How are you doing?'"[3]

The track also features voicemails from Mark Fiore, Ted Stryker, Phoenix and others who were all checking on Mike following Chester Bennington's death.

Music Video

The music videos on the Post Traumatic EP are described as "cinéma vérité", shot in a way that doesn't obscure the fact that they're real life.[4] Mike says he wanted to shoot a video while feeling something.[5] He explained, "Grief is so personal, and I thought that a D.I.Y., autobiographical format made the most sense. So I shot & edited everything in the videos myself. I‘m planning to continue doing it this way until it doesn’t feel right anymore, or until the work becomes too much."[6]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Place To Start Post Traumatic EP

Post Traumatic

2:13 2017 January 25, 2018
Place To Start (Instrumental) (105 BPM) Post Traumatic EP - Acapellas & Instrumentals

Post Traumatic - Instrumentals

1:37 2017 February 15, 2018
Place To Start (Acapella) Post Traumatic EP - Acapellas & Instrumentals 2:16 2017 February 15, 2018


"Place To Start" got its live debut at Mike's Identity LA performance, being played after "Welcome". The song was performed without the voicemails that end the studio version of the song.


Last Updated: July 17, 2018

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Shortened (No Voicemail Outro) May 12, 2018 June 20, 2018


  • Written and produced by Mike Shinoda
  • Vocals by Mike Shinoda
  • Percussion on "Place To Start" by Rob Bourdon
  • Mixed by Mike Shinoda
  • Mastered by Michelle Mancini


External Links

  • Place To Start (Official Video): YouTube