Where'd You Go
|"Where'd You Go"|
|Single by Fort Minor|
|from the album The Rising Tied|
|Released||April 10, 2006|
|Format||Digital, CD, Vinyl|
|Live debut||October 29, 2005|
|Last played||September 8, 2015|
|Label||Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records|
|Fort Minor singles chronology|
- 1 Background
- 2 Holly Brook Version
- 3 Remix
- 4 Tracklist
- 5 Music Video
- 6 Versions
- 7 Live
- 8 Promotion
- 9 Awards and Nominations
- 10 Personnel
- 11 Lyrics
- 12 Gallery
- 13 Other Uses
- 14 External Links
- 15 References
"Where'd You Go" was started from the piano and then the chorus. Mike said, "I just came into the studio and sat down and played it. The words were there in a matter of probably two minutes. A few weeks later I decided I wanted Holly to sing it instead of me because I thought her voice would make the track so much more powerful."
Holly Brook (now Skylar Grey) had recently been signed by Brad Delson, who showed a lot of interest in her music, to Linkin Park's label Machine Shop Recordings. The label began publicizing Brook many months in advance of her first album and to feature her vocal performance on a Fort Minor song provided her a lot of promotion. She said, "It was in early fall (of 2005) that Mike Shinoda called me up. He said, 'I have this song, and could you put your vocals on it?' I spent a half-hour singing it at a session, and that was it! The next thing I know, is that Mike's got this whole solo project called Fort Minor, and I went on tour with him to sing 'Where'd You Go.' Mike brought this 11-piece band on the road, and we've toured the U.S. and Australia." When asked about the style of the song before the album was released, Holly said, "You'll just have to wait and see! I would never go out of my way to sound like something that I am not. Even though our styles of music are very different, I believe they compliment each other nicely."
The song also features background vocals by Jonah Matranga.
Mike describes "Where'd You Go" as "a really crazy love song", saying it is about being on tour, but from the person at home's perspective, whose lover is always traveling. Although Mike wrote the song with his wife, Anna, in mind, he made it somewhat generalized so it would make a better story and people could relate it to more than just one situation. He mentions "people whose parents are divorced, people who have someone away in the army, people whose parents/loved one work too much." According to him, the song makes his wife cry every time she hears it.
On the Making of The Rising Tied DVD when he was having Jay-Z and Brad help him pick songs for the album, Mike explained, "A lot of people write songs about being on the road and nobody really writes songs from the perspective of the people they leave at home. My wife has cried three times listening to this song." Jay-Z basically decided what songs would go on The Rising Tied but the reception from his family was so good Mike decided "Kenji" was one of the two songs - the other being "Where'd You Go" - that had to be on the album.
Asked about the song in October 2020, Mike said, "Where'd You Go was just an idea I had for a song because I had been on the road so much and it wasn't specifically about me or Anna, it was more generalized. Obviously, because at the end of it, the person at home is like "F you, I'm out of here", at the end of the song. So that obviously didn't happen."
Holly Brook Version
Linkin Park's legal dispute with Warner Bros. Records in 2005 caused Machine Shop Recordings, to which Holly Brook was signed to, to go on an indefinite hiatus. This led Holly to record her own version of "Where'd You Go" and send it to radio stations, asking fans to request her version over Fort Minor's. She performed this version live in 2006 while touring in support of her debut solo album, Like Blood Like Honey, but the song was never included on any release.
Where'd You Joe?
"Where'd You Joe?" was remix of "Where'd You Go" released by Mike Shinoda for free download exclusively for Fort Minor Militia members on April 4, 2006. Joe Hahn produced and mixed the remix. The vocal take of the clean version was used on the remix. Mike wrote: "Joe just made this a couple weeks ago. We have a couple remixes of the song floating around out there (one by Styles Of Beyond producers Skully and Cheapshot, another by LP guitarist Brad Delson). I love Joe's--I think it's one of the most unique remixes i've heard of a Fort Minor song. I hope all of you out there who are remixing or plan to remix FM songs are inspired by it. Those of you who don't make music can just sit back and enjoy"
Two remixes were released on the Where'd You Go single. The first by Brad Delson, under the title "Where'd You Go (Big Bad Remix)", and the second by Vin Skully and Cheapshot of Styles Of Beyond, under the title "Where'd You Go (SOB Remix)". The "SOB Remix" was also released as a bonus track on the limited edition of We Major which was given out at Joe Hahn's SURU store in Los Angeles in 2006. This version of the mixtape is mixed exactly the same as the original, but was remastered for better sound quality and features different artwork.
Ryu of Styles Of Beyond did a remix of the song which remains unreleased.
Although not official, Adam Young of Owl City released a remix of "Where'd You Go" through his Tumblr page in 2012. About the remix, he wrote: "Although I do not choose to advocate crude language in the music I personally create under the Owl City moniker as a representation of myself, I am very fond of this song and its message as written brilliantly by Mike Shinoda. While this remix features my production and musical contributions, I did not have any influence over the lyrics. I am merely a great admirer of the original song and I deeply respect how it addresses societal issues regarding certain types of men (military members, professional athletes, touring musicians, and those separated/divorced) and how their lack of existence in the household damages families."
|1||Where'd You Go||Mike Shinoda||3:55|
|2||Where'd You Go (Big Bad Remix)||Brad Delson, Shinoda||4:09|
|3||Where'd You Go (SOB Remix)||Cheapshot, Shinoda, Vin Skully||3:17|
|1||Where'd You Go (Video)||Shinoda||5:07|
|2||Where'd You Go (Video)||Shinoda||5:07|
|1||Where'd You Go (Album Version)||Shinoda||3:51|
|2||Where'd You Go (Radio Version)||Shinoda||3:55|
|3||Where'd You Go (Instrumental)||Shinoda||3:57|
|4||Where'd You Go (Album A Cappella)||Shinoda||3:19|
|5||Where'd You Go (Radio A Cappella)||Shinoda||3:17|
Holly Brook announced on January 25, 2006 that the music video had recently been shot for "Where'd You Go", saying, "Last week we shot the video for "Where'd You Go" and that was a great time. I had never done a video shoot before and was surprised to see how much shooting was actually done.... Most of the time was spent on doing hair and makeup, fixing the lights, etc. Actual on camera time was minimal, but fun. Can't wait to see the finished piece!"
The music video for "Where'd You Go" was directed by Philip Andelman and was filmed in the homes of three different families who were interviewed for the video. "Mike explained that he wrote the song for his wife, who has a hard time when he’s on the road. He wanted to address that struggle but not specifically. I threw out the idea of three true stories presented in a documentary format," the director explained. This was Holly Brook's very first music video. She said, "Well, it was fun, but there was a lot less shooting time than I thought there would be. I thought it would be a full day of being on camera, but most of the time was actually getting my makeup and hair done."
The video was co-edited by Barney Miller and Terence Ziegler of Company X. They enlisted mixer Jeff Slutz of Sugarbox on their efforts working the live dialogue in with the Fort Minor track and extending the music. Miller said, "we were always struggling to find the perfect balance, so one story would not overwhelm the other. This was more critical than usual because the story had to stand on its own and then fit rhythmically and emotionally with the song."
In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song. On "Where'd You Go", he said, "The song ‘Where’d You Go’, basically, started as an idea of writing a song about being on the road, but from the perspective of the people that get left at home. I included, uhm, two really great singers – Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga on the song. After the album was released, I heard so many different versions of how people connected with the story, you know, from the idea of having parents who were divorced to having siblings who were away, or having a loved one who was, you know, off… as like a soldier in Iraq. These stories really really touched me, and I think touched a lot of other people, who were involved with the project, and that’s kinda of what we ended up doing the video about. Uhm, whenever you make a song that people connect within a special way, uhm, that.. the song kinda becomes part of their experiences in their life – that’s definitely one the best feelings as an artist!" At the end of the video, a brief note by Mike states "'Where'd You Go' was filmed in the homes of three families who share the same sense of loneliness as this song. Thank you for sharing your homes and stories with us."
Artist Name: Fort Minor
Music Video Contest
On June 22, 2006, Fort Minor in association with MTV Overdrive launched a contest on which fans would be able to submit their own videos for "Where'd You Go". Fort Minor said, "Fort Minor is offering you the unique possibility to make your OWN Where'd You Go video, inspired from Fort Minor's Where'd You Go song and video. Use your creativity, imagination, and superb video skills to produce your video interpretation of Fort Minor's Where'd You Go."
Videos were due by July 5, 2006. "Mike Shinoda will personally pick three winners, whose videos will be shown on MTV's online broadband channel "Overdrive" for the week of July 24th-30th. Over that week, fans will be given the opportunity to choose their favorite video. The winner receives a congratulatory phone call from Mike, the ballcap Mike wore in the "Where'd You Go" video complete with autograph, original hand-drawn art from 'The Rising Tied', and a signed still from the video."
The videos were reviewed by Mike Shinoda, who picked his three favorites and made them available on MTV's website so the fans could vote on their favorite. The three videos as well as a video of Mike Shinoda explaining the contest were uploaded to the YouTube channel FortMinorContest. The winner, David Ly, was named in August and received a sketch painting by Shinoda from The Rising Tied's art. In second place was Katherine Blizard, and in third place, Brian Azeoka.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Where'd You Go||The Rising Tied||3:51||2005||November 22, 2005||
|Where'd You Go||The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version)||3:51||2005||November 22, 2005||
|Where'd You Go||Where'd You Go||3:55||2005||April 10, 2006||
|Where'd You Go (Radio Version)||Where'd You Go||3:55||2005||April 10, 2006||
|Where'd You Go (Mix Clean)||3:32||2006||2006||
|Where'd You Go (Instrumental)||Where'd You Go
Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied
|3:57||2005||April 10, 2006||
|Where'd You Go (A Cappella)||Where'd You Go||3:19||2005||April 10, 2006||
|Where'd You Go (Radio A Cappella)||Where'd You Go||3:17||2005||April 10, 2006||
|Where'd You Joe? (Cleaned)||3:32||2006||April 4, 2006||
|Where'd You Go (Big Bad Remix)||Where'd You Go||4:09||2005||April 10, 2006||
|Where'd You Go (SOB Remix)||Where'd You Go
DJ Green Lantern Presents Fort Minor: We Major (Limited Edition)
|3:17||2005||April 10, 2006||
|Where'd You Go (Ryu Remix)||2005||
"Where'd You Go" got its live debut at the MySpace 2nd anniversary party, being played after the "Fort Minor Medley", and with Chester Bennington filling in for Holly Brook. The following performance, for AOL Sessions, featured the song being performed with Holly Brook for the first time, and was played at least three times, to allow Holly to get used to wearing in ear monitors. The song was played only once more in 2005, at the show in Universal City, maintaining its mid-set position. The song wasn't played again until Fort Minor's 2006 US tour, where the song was played regularly with Brook. At the final show of the US Tour, Jonah Matranga joined Fort Minor for "Where'd You Go", which is the only time he ever did that. At the following show in Taipei, Mike brought up popular Chinese singer Elva Hsiao for "Where'd You Go" and, at the show in Singapore, Mike brought up Jessie Thyiodor for the song. Brook returned to sing on the song during the Australian and New Zealand tour, but couldn't make the Club Tattoo 11th Anniversary performance, so Mike had the backup singers sing her part. Fort Minor started using "Where'd You Go" for TV performances following the Club Tattoo show, with Holly joining Fort Minor for the song. Holly, however, couldn't make the trip to Japan for the Summer Sonic performances, resulting in Chester filling in again for both shows in Japan.
Once Mike brought Fort Minor back from hiatus, "Where'd You Go" was performed directly after "Until It Breaks", and used the instrumental from "Until It Breaks" until verse two, where the studio instrumental kicked in. For the first time, Mike started singing Holly's part of the song, but had the studio vocals playing over the PA system.
On Mike's Post Traumatic Tour, "Where'd You Go" was mashed up with "Waiting For The End." The mashup began with the "Waiting For The End" samples with the "Where'd You Go" chorus, followed by the "Waiting For The End" beginning verse. Mike would then rap the rest of "Where'd You Go" through the mashup. During Mike's first full festival performance, Taka from the band ONE OK ROCK (who had performed with him only months prior during "Somewhere I Belong" at the Hollywood Bowl tribute show) joined Mike to perform the mashup, singing Holly Brook's part. At the first Summer Sonic performance in Osaka, Mike joined ONE OK ROCK onstage for their song "One Way Ticket," which Mike had helped produce, rapping part of the first verse and bridge (by accident) of "Where'd You Go" during the first verse. Starting with Mike's set in Chengdu, China, the mashup was followed by an acapella sing-a-long of "Waiting For The End." Beginning in at Mike's show later on in the tour in Singapore, that sing-a-long came directly out of the mashup with Mike playing the piano to "Waiting For The End," effectively becoming an outro to the song. For one show in San Francisco, he did the sing-a-long as an intro to the song instead of as an outro.
Last Updated: April 25, 2016
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Mashup||w/ Until It Breaks Instrumental Until Verse 2||June 29, 2015||September 8, 2015|
Last Updated: May 3, 2020
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||"Waiting For The End" Sing-a-long||November 6, 2018||November 6, 2018|
|Outro||Short Piano Outro||August 14, 2018||August 14, 2018|
|Outro||"Waiting For The End" Sing-a-long||August 22, 2018||October 11, 2018|
|Outro||"Waiting For The End" Sing-a-long + "Where'd You Go" Piano Outro||October 13, 2018||October 13, 2018|
|Outro||"Waiting For The End" Sing-a-long + Short Piano Outro||October 14, 2018||September 8, 2019|
|Mashup||w/ "Waiting For The End"||May 12, 2018||September 8, 2019|
- NOTE: All extensions from Mike Shinoda sets are to the "Waiting For The End" / "Where'd You Go" mashup, not the individual song itself.
- Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
- Elva Hsiao
- Jessie Thyiodor
- Takahiro Moriuchi (ONE OK ROCK)
Awards and Nominations
|2006||MTV Video Music Awards||Ringtone Of The Year||Won|
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|Holly Brook Version|
- This song was sampled by Youssoupha de Saron in the song "Dreamin'" on the album Noir Désir released in 2012.
- Where'd You Go (Music Video): YouTube
- Where'd You Go (Music Video) (Amended): WBR
- Where'd You Go (MTV Music Video Remake Winner): David Ly
- MorleyView: Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor) Interview - antiMusic.com, 2005
- Holly Brook 2006 Interview | Debut Album and Fort Minor, May 2006
- LPAssociation: WHERE'D HOLLY GO?, September 15, 2005
- Mike interview on Yam | SucksBBS.Net, November 07, 2005
- Чат с Майком Шинодой. Обсуждение на LiveInternet - Российский Сервис Онлайн-Дневников, December 16, 2005
- MTV Fort Minor: A Guided Tour - Mike Shinoda Clan, November 2005
- Shinoda's Song | Hyphen Magazine, May 1, 2006
- Twitch: Mike Shinoda - 9.22 / A little more DF3 art, then maybe a track?, September 22, 2020
- Owl City releases remix of Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go” - News - Alternative Press, July 31, 2012
- Fort Minor "Where'd You Go" (Maestro Harrell Remix) by Maestro Harrell | Listen free on SoundCloud, August 20, 2015
- Fort Minor – Where’d You Go (Maestro Harrell Remix) | Notey, August 27, 2015
- LPAssociation: WHERE'D HOLLY GO?, January 25, 2006
- LPAssociation: 'WHERE'D YOU GO' VIDEO PREMIERE, February 23, 2006
- LPAssociation: SECOND "MAKING OF.." VIDEO NOW ONLINE, March 11, 2006
- PHILIP ANDELMAN
- Company X Cuts To The Heart Of The Matter With Fort Minor's 'Where Did You Go?' Music Video, April 30, 2006
- Metal MC Shinoda, Mellow Singer Brook Reveal How They Hooked Up - MTV, June 05, 2006
- Mike Walks Us Through 'The Rising Tied' | LP Association Forums, October 27, 2006
- Fort Minor - Where'd You Go? (2006) | IMVDb
- Fort Minor - Where'd You Go no Vimeo, July 03, 2014
- REMAKE "WHERE'D YOU GO" VIDEO CONTEST, June 22, 2006
- For The Record: Quick News On DMX, Bo Bice, Dashboard Confessional, Fort Minor, Will.I.Am, Guns N' Roses & More - MTV, June 30, 2006
- FortMinorContest - YouTube