DJs ranging from Orgy's Jay Gordon to Handsome Boy Modeling School's Prince Paul will put their own spin on Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory for a remix album due in January.
"We've always been into remixes," Linkin Park DJ Joseph Hahn said Wednesday (September 26). "We talked about doing something like this even before we were signed."
Hip-hop producer the Alchemist and Dilated Peoples' Evidence, along with newcomers DJ Z-Trip, the Girl Scouts and the Humble Brothers have also signed on to remix tracks from the Southern California rap-rockers' 2000 debut.
"We hand-picked them ourselves," Hahn said. "Other bands have done stuff like this before, and you can just tell their label picked whoever the hot DJs were. We come from the DJ perspective, and we put a lot of thought into who we wanted. We got a good mix of hip-hop and electro."
Hahn and Linkin Park MC Mike Shinoda are handling the remixes of "With You" and "Crawling," respectively. Hahn said the Crystal Method and Beat Junkies producer Kutmasta Kurt may also participate.
Orgy's Gordon recently invited the band to his studio to hear his remix of "Points of Authority," which Hahn said had all sorts of technological twists.
Linkin Park have ventured further into turntablism in recent months with the famed X-Ecutioners, performing with the DJ collective at the MTV Video Music Awards and collaborating with them on "It's Going Down," the first single from the X-Ecutioners' second album, Built From Scratch (see "Linkin Park, Xzibit, Big Pun Turn Up On X-Ecutioners' Latest"). Hahn plans to direct a video for the single early next year, around the album's January 29 release date.
Meanwhile, Linkin Park are working on song ideas for their next album, which they hope to record in early March after a two-month tour with Korn that is currently in the planning stages.
"Honestly, we really aren't focusing too much on 'Let's see if we can get crazy and what we can do different.' We do what we've always done, and we just focus on the style of music we like to write, which is intermingling different genres of music," singer Chester Bennington said backstage at the VMAs. "It's just important for us to write good songs that we can enjoy and think other people can enjoy."
Linkin Park will finish out the year with Staind and Stone Temple Pilots on the Family Values Tour, which kicks off October 11 in Cleveland (see "Family Values Tour Dates Announced"). First they'll play KIOZ-FM's When Bands Attack festival in Chula Vista, California, on Friday with Staind, Godsmack and others. They will be donating their profits from the show to the Red Cross and have asked their record label and local businesses to match them.