Machine Shop Records

Machine Shop Records is a record label founded by American rock band Linkin Park members, Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda, in 2001. The label is notable for releasing music in rock, hip hop, underground hip hop, alternative rock and nu metal music amongst other genres.

Machine Shop Records
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Parent company
Founded2001 (as The Shinoda Imprint)[1]
Country of originUnited States
LocationLos Angeles, California

The label is responsible for bringing up artists, such as Holly Brook (now known as Skylar Grey),[2] Styles of Beyond,[3] No Warning[4] and Shinoda's side project Fort Minor.[5] The label has marked up 80 releases as of 2014.


1999-2002: Early yearsEdit

American multi instrumentalist Mike Shinoda founded Machine Shop Records in 2001.

The label was originally known as The Shinoda Imprint, named after Mike Shinoda.[6] Machine Shop was born in drummer Rob Bourdon's living room in 1999 when the band was packing CDs and stickers into boxes to send to their very first fans. The label only had the potential to release the extended plays for the band's fan club annually. Shinoda wanted to release albums of Linkin Park under the label, but the albums were already managed by the parent company Warner Bros. Records, and managing the albums on his alone basis was a difficult job. The first release under the label was for the fan club, LP Underground 2.0, which was released on November 18, 2002. The label also made available some enhanced features, such as T-shirts, sticker, key-chain, a band picture, guitar pick and membership card. The album was co produced by Don Gilmore with Shinoda. On November 17, 2003, the label released another extended play for the LPU fan club, entitled LP Underground 3.0, which featured the unreleased songs in the live album Live in Texas (which was released on November 18, 2003, through the record label).

2003-07: Mainstream successEdit

The label was later renamed to Machine Shop after the involvement of the band members in the work. Brad Delson took over the work as an A&R representative of the label. The label got the breakthrough success after the release of the overnight recorded collaborative EP by Jay-Z and Linkin Park, entitled Collision Course, which was released under the collaboration of labels, Roc-A-Fella, Warner Bros. and Machine Shop. The EP was released on November 30, 2004.[7] The EP was certified as Platinum in America.[8] Later the label signed artists like No Warning, Simplistic and LNDN. Suffer, Survive became the first non-Linkin Park album and non shared label album to be released under the label. It was released on October 19, 2004. The album featured only 10 songs. The songs like, Dirtier Than the Next, Bad Timing and Hopeless Case gave a breakthrough success to the band and indirectly to the label. On November 18, 2003, the live album by Linkin Park Live in Texas was released under the label and Warner Bros. which was also certified as Platinum.[9] It was also released as a DVD which featured Chester Bennington breaking Brad Delson's guitar. At the end of the concert, Joe Hahn threw a piece of his equipment on the stage floor.

On November 22, 2005, the label again marked its success on releasing the album The Rising Tied by Fort Minor which was a side project by the founder Shinoda.[5] Under the success of the album many artists like Styles of Beyond and Holly Brook were signed in the label.[10] Holly Brook released two independent EPs Holly Brook EP and Sony CONNECT Sets under the label, whereas Styles of Beyond indirectly released singles in which they were featured through the project of Fort Minor. The singles by Fort Minor like Petrified/Remember the Name gave success to S.O.B. and Fort Minor. The breakthrough single Where'd You Go featuring Holly Brook marked number four on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the best ever debut song by any One-Hit-Wonder. The label meanwhile was also releasing EPs for Linkin Park Underground, and in addition it also released an EP for the fan club of Fort Minor, Militia. The label also released mixtapes like We Major and Razor Tag. The signing of S.O.B. brought the group back into the spotlight and marked success. On May 23, 2006, the label released Like Blood Like Honey by Holly Brook which was her debut album, which gave her the spot of #23 of U.S. Heat charts.[11] In 2006, the label again gained spotlight after the single Numb/Encore by Linkin Park & Jay-Z won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. On October 10, 2005, the label released a mixtape of its own which was named as Machine Shop Mixtape. It featured Various Artists like Taproot, Papa Roach, Deftones and many others.[12]

Hiatus: 2007-2009Edit

Mike Shinoda has stated on his blog that, as of January 2009, Machine Shop Recordings will be on hiatus due to disagreements between the label and its parent company Warner Bros. Records. On 23 May 2010 Shinoda stated a new release was likely, suggesting that they are looking to the UK for new releases.[3] The label then released the album only in America.[13] The label then signed out artists like Holly Brook and Styles of Beyond, due to disagreements with Warner Bros. Records. Although there weren't many releases during this course of time, the label missed the release of the score album by Linkin Park Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Score.

After hiatus: 2009-presentEdit

The first release by the label after hiatus is Download to Donate like Download to Donate for Haiti, Download to Donate for Haiti V2.0 and Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief.[14][15] This project was handled by Shinoda and Enrique Iglesias. Later the release of 8-bit Rebellion! marked the return of the label, in America. The first big release after hiatus is A Thousand Suns by Linkin Park which was released on September 14, 2010. The album landed on the top of Billboard 200 marking the return to the mainstream success of label. later the success was Living Things, Recharged and The Hunting Party which marked mainstream success in United States.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23] In 2013 the label again released a non-Linkin Park album Resurrection of the Wolf only in US, No Warning after the band reunited. The label also released soundtrack album Mall. The label releases the singles by the band only in the United States, the release in other countries is released under the parent label. The label also released The Hunting Party outside the US for the first time after hiatus in Australia.[24]


Current actsEdit

Act Year signed Releases under Machine Shop Description
Linkin Park 2001 20 American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. They are the first artist signed under the label.
Dean DeLeo 2005 American guitarist known for his work with American rock band Stone Temple Pilots. He is also known for his role in the short-lived bands Talk Show and Army of Anyone. He became the second solo artist to sign under the label after Fort Minor, although he never released his own albums.
No Consequence 2009 3 Group inspired by the founder of the label Mike Shinoda.
LNDN 2011 2 Group from Chicago. Released two albums as a collaboration with Nass.
No Warning 2003 2 A hardcore punk band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The group became the second group to get signed under the label
Ryan Giles 2013 1 A solo artist who works with different bands and worked with Linkin Park on the track Truth Inside a Lie.
Beta State 2013 2 A four-piece San Francisco band formed in 2009. They have been working hard to break into mainstream success, playing for the likes of Linkin Park, The Strokes, Florence and the Machine, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, and The Manchester Orchestra.
Linkin Park Underground 2001 16 The official fan club of Linkin Park. They release a CD annually only for the fans of the band.
Fort Minor 2005 4 Side project by Mike Shinoda, which was on hiatus. It released a single under the label in June, 2015 titled "Welcome".

Former actsEdit

Act Years on the label Releases under Machine Shop Description
Styles of Beyond 2005–2007 1 Underground hip-hop group which was on hiatus until their departure in 2013.
Skylar Grey 2005–2009 3 Solo artist, who worked with Shinoda on the song "Where'd You Go".
Simplistic 2002–2005 1 A rock band from Sacramento California who signed the first development deal with Machine Shop Recordings in 2002. The band recorded an EP produced by Mike Shinoda in 2003. Simplistic's 4 song EP, "The Impact of Crashing" helped to acquire the label's distribution deal from Warner Brothers, but never received distribution itself. Despite recording more than 75 original songs between the EP and in their own studio in Sacramento, the band was never funded to release an album on the label. In 2004 while interviewing producers for the album, the group recorded a song with Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails / A Perfect Circle), but then disbanded in 2005 due to personal and creative differences.
The Rosewood Fall 2006 1 The group is now defunct.

Current producersEdit

Past producersEdit


The following is the list of all albums released through Machine Shop Records and distributed by Warner Bros. Records. Any additional record label involved are specified.

Linkin Park has got a total of 20 releases under the label.
Skylar Grey released three albums on the label before leaving Machine Shop in 2009.
Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots is signed under the label, but didn't release any of his own albums.
Year Artist Album Type Details
2002 Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 2.0 EP
  • Released: November 18, 2002
2003 Linkin Park Meteora Studio
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 3.0 EP
  • Released: November 17, 2003
Linkin Park Live in Texas Live
  • Released: November 18, 2003
  • Chart positions: #23 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
2004 The Rosewood Fall Demonstrate Studio
  • Released: July 8, 2004
  • Chart positions: #105 U.S.
No Warning Suffer, Survive
  • Released: October 19, 2004
  • Chart positions: #55 U.S.
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 4.0 EP
  • Released: November 22, 2004
Jay-Z & Linkin Park Collision Course
(released with Roc-A-Fella)
  • Released: November 30, 2004
  • Chart position: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 2× Platinum
2005 Fort Minor Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied Digital
  • Released: January 1, 2005
Various Artists Machine Shop Mixtape Mixtape
  • Released: October 4, 2005
Skylar Grey Holly Brook EP EP
  • Released: October 11, 2005
  • Released: October 29, 2005
Fort Minor Fort Minor: We Major Mixtape
  • Released: October 30, 2005
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 5.0 EP
  • Released: November 21, 2005
Fort Minor The Rising Tied Studio
  • Released: November 22, 2005
  • Chart Positions: #51 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
2006 Skylar Grey Like Blood Like Honey Studio
  • Released: May 23, 2006
  • Chart Positions: #26 U.S. Heat
Fort Minor Sessions@AOL Live/EP
  • Released: July 18, 2006
  • Chart Positions: #10 Jpn
Militia EP
  • Released: November 22, 2006
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 6.0
  • Released: December 5, 2006
2007 Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight Studio
  • Released: May 14, 2007
  • Chart Positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA Certification: 4× Platinum
Styles of Beyond Razor Tag Mixtape
  • Released: July 30, 2007
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 7.0 EP/Live
  • Released: December 5, 2007
2008 Linkin Park Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes Live
  • Released: November 21, 2008
  • Chart Positions: #41 U.S.
2009 No Consequence In the Shadow of Gods
(released with Basick)
  • Released: 17 August 2009
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 9.0: Demos Demo
  • Released: December 3, 2009
  • Chart Positions:
    • 73 Austria
    • 66 Germany
    • 29 New Zealand
2010 Various Artists Download to Donate for Haiti Compilation
  • Released: January 19, 2010
Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion Soundtrack
  • Released: April 26, 2010
A Thousand Suns Studio
  • Released: September 15, 2010
  • Chart Position: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA Certification: Platinum
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground X: Demos Compilation/Demo
  • Released: November 17, 2010
2011 Various Artists Download to Donate for Haiti V2.0 Compilation
  • Released: January 11, 2011
Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief
  • Released: March 22, 2011
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 11 Demo
  • Released: November 15, 2011
2012 Linkin Park Living Things Studio
  • Released: June 26, 2012
  • Chart Positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA Certification: Platinum
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 12 Demo
  • Released: November 16, 2012
2013 No Consequence IO
(released with Basick and Invictus Records)
  • Released: January 1, 2013
  • Chart Positions: #72 U.S.
Beta State #Friendship - Deluxe Edition Reissue
  • Released: May 21, 2013
Linkin Park Recharged Remix
  • Released: October 29, 2013
  • Chart Positions: #10 U.S.
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground XIII Demo
  • Released: November 18, 2013
2014 No Warning Resurrection of the Wolf
(released with Bridge 9)
  • Released: February 18, 2014
Linkin Park The Hunting Party Studio
  • Released: June 13, 2014
  • Chart Positions: #3 U.S.
  • RIAA Certification: Platinum
Linkin Park Underground LP Underground XIV Demo
  • Released: November 21, 2014
Linkin Park & Alec Puro Mall: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Released: December 12, 2014
2015 Linkin Park Underground LP Underground 15 Demo
  • Released: November 25, 2015
2016 LP Underground Sixteen
  • Released: November 21, 2016
2017 Linkin Park One More Light Studio
  • Release date: May 19, 2017
  • Chart Positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA Certification: Gold
One More Light Live Live
  • Released: December 15, 2017
2018 Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic (EP) EP
  • Released: January 25, 2018
2018 Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic Studio
  • Released: June 15, 2018
  • Chart Positions: #16 U.S.
2020 Linkin Park Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Edition Compilation
  • Released: October 9, 2020

Upcoming releasesEdit

List of upcoming releases
Artist Album details
No Consequence
  • Title: TBA
  • Release date: TBA

Crew and employeesEdit

  • Mike Shinoda - Founder, President
  • Brad Delson - Founder, President
  • Bill Silva - Chief Operating Officer
  • Jessica Sklar - Chief Strategy Officer, Partner
  • Ryan DeMarti - Director of Operations
  • Trish Evangelista - Project Manager
  • Lorenzo Errico - Digital Manager
  • Kymm Britton – publicity
  • Kas Mercer – publicity

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Machine Shop Linkedin LinkedIn
  2. ^ Who is Skylar Grey Machine Shop Recordings
  3. ^ a b Styles of Beyond and Machine Shop Archived 2014-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Linkin Park Offer No Warning From Their Machine Shop MTV August 20, 2004.
  5. ^ a b Fort Minor discography Discogs
  6. ^ The Shinoda Imprint LP Association
  7. ^ Billboard - 14 May 2005 - Page 55 Billboard
  8. ^ Trust, Gary (2009-08-07). "Ask Billboard: Steve Vai, Jay-Z, Radiohead". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  9. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Skylar Grey's journey from being Holly Brook
  11. ^ Holly Brook Like Blood Like Honey Discogs
  12. ^ Machine Shop Mixtape
  13. ^ Linkin Park Wants Out Of Warner Bros. Contract Billboard May 3, 2005
  14. ^ "About Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief". Archived from the original on 2011-08-18.
  15. ^ About Download to Donate for Haiti Archived 2011-01-15 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  17. ^ "Certified Awards" (enter "Linkin Park" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Linkin Park)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  19. ^ "Austrian certifications – Linkin Park" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  20. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Linkin Park)". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  21. ^ "Canadian certifications – Linkin Park". Music Canada. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  22. ^ "RIANZ Top 50 Albums Chart – Chart #1322 – Sunday 18 August 2002". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2010.
  23. ^ "Certifications Albums Linkin Park" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  24. ^ "Results 4 for 'Linkin Park Hunting Party'". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved June 1, 2014.

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