Talking To Myself

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"Talking To Myself"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album One More Light
Working title Talking To Myself
Recorded 2016
Released May 19, 2017
Length 3:51
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 124
Key D Minor
Live debut March 6, 2017 (Stripped Down)
May 6, 2017 (Full Band)
Last played March 6, 2017 (Stripped Down)
October 27, 2017 (Full Band)
Writer(s) Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Ilsey Juber, JR Rotem
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, JR Rotem, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Bolooki
Label Warner Bros. Records

One More Light track listing
  1. Nobody Can Save Me
  2. Good Goodbye
  3. Talking To Myself
  4. Battle Symphony
  5. Invisible
  6. Heavy
  7. Sorry For Now
  8. Halfway Right
  9. One More Light
  10. Sharp Edges

"Talking To Myself" is the third track on One More Light. The band decided to release the song as a single because of the good reception it had at live shows. The planned radio impact was July 25, 2017[1] but all promotion was canceled following Chester Bennington's death.

"Talking To Myself" is described as featuring a chiming guitar line and groovy bass reminiscent of The Killers.[2]

Background

Talking to Kerrang! about the song, Chester Bennington said, "It's about relating to how my wife must have felt when I was battling my demons. Seeing it going down and not being able to do something must have sucked."[2]

Music Video

Lyric Video

The official lyric video for "Talking To Myself" was directed by Pavel Suslov and planned for release a week after the music video. Because of vocalist Chester Bennington's death, the lyric video wasn't published on the band's official YouTube channel, but made its way to Vevo on August 2nd, 2017. It features footage from the One More Light tour in 2017 mixed with footage from the Living Things tour in Australia, New Zealand and Asia in 2013 as well as footage from The Hunting Party tour in 2014 and 2015.

The video was removed from Vevo on August 15th after fans started sharing news about it.[3]

Music Video

The official music video of "Talking To Myself" was directed and edited by Linkin Park's videographer, Mark Fiore, and is a compilation of a variety of things, from the photoshoot and making of One More Light to live performances, rehearsals and meet & greets. It was released on July 20th, 2017. The version initially uploaded to the band's YouTube channel would cut off at 3 minutes and 43 seconds, before the song was finished, while the version released on digital platforms such as iTunes and Tidal had the full length song. This was eventually fixed.

Fan Footage Video

Linkin Park asked fans who went to their June 20 show at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam to film all of "Talking To Myself" in landscape on their phones or cameras then upload the videos to FanFootage.com after the show. The videos were used in the creation of a live fan footage music video of the song similar to what they had previously done with "Waiting For The End" and "Until It's Gone".

Fans who uploaded their video before midnight of Wednesday June 21st were entered in a draw to win a signed copy of One More Light.[4]

Versions

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

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Talking To Myself One More Light 3:51 2016 May 19, 2017
Talking To Myself One More Light Instrumentals 3:54 2016
  • Official instrumental version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Talking To Myself One More Light Live 5:16 2017 December 15, 2017

Live

"Talking To Myself" was played live for the first time at a private event held at the Warner Bros Records building in a stripped down form, with Chester on vocals, Mike on piano, and Brad on guitar. The studio version was debuted at the first official show of the One More Light World Tour. In the headlining set for the tour, the song opened the show along with "Fallout". The song remained in its opening position throughout the One More Light European Tour. Co-writer and backing vocalist on the track, Ilsey Juber and Jon Green joined the band for the song at the memorial show for Chester Bennington, where the song was played mid-set for the first time and was performed 3 steps higher than the studio track to accommodate the guest vocalist. Interestingly, Brad played his guitar part 3 steps lower instead of higher like the rest of the track.

Variations

Last Updated: October 30, 2017

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Stripped Down (Piano/Guitar/Vocals Only) March 6, 2017 March 6, 2017
Alternative 3 Steps Higher October 27, 2017 October 27, 2017

Live Guests

  • Ilsey Juber
  • Jon Green (The Bonfires)

Personnel

Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington - Vocals
  • Rob Bourdon - Drums, Background Vocals
  • Brad Delson - Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Joseph Hahn - Programming, Background Vocals
  • Phoenix - Bass, Background Vocals
  • Mike Shinoda - Keyboards, Programming, Vocals

Additional Musicians

  • Background vocals by Ilsey Juber
  • Additional guitar by Andrew Jackson

Production

  • Written by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Ilsey Juber and JR Rotem
  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • Co-produced by JR Rotem
  • Additional production by Andrew Jackson
  • Vocal production by Andrew Bolooki
  • Music performed by Linkin Park
  • Vocals by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda
  • Chester's vocals recorded at The Pool Recording Studio, London, UK
  • Mike's vocals recorded at The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, CA
  • Music recorded at Larrabee Studios, North Hollywood, CA and Sphere Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Engineered by Ethan Mates, Mike Shinoda and Josh Newell
  • Assistant engineer: Alejandro Baima
  • Studio B assistant engineer: Warren Willis
  • Studio drum tech: Jerry Johnson
  • Mixed by Manny Marooquin at Larrabee Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Mix engineer: Chris Galland assisted by Jeff Jackson and Robin Florent

Lyrics

Gallery

External Links

Stream

  • Talking To Myself (Official Audio): LPTV

Music Video

  • Talking To Myself (Official Video): LPTV | Vevo
  • Talking To Myself (Official Lyric Video): Vevo

References

  1. 'Talking To Myself' Confirmed As 2nd Single from OML - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, June 30, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kerrang! Magazine Interview with Linkin Park | LP Association Forums, February 28, 2017
  3. Linkin Park Releases 'Talking to Myself' Lyric Video - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, August 15, 2017
  4. Linkin Park live at Ziggo Dome 06/20/17 on FanFootage, June 20, 2017