I, together with my band, have received multiple awards. Our songs are being played on radio stations and are always at the top of the charts. Our albums have reached platinum and our concerts are sold out. I guess you can say that we are at the peak of our career, at the height of success. I agree. It does not get any better than this. But whereas many artists and performers in the music industry turn to drugs and alcohol because they could not take it all in, I am just steady. I appreciate life and the success that we have now. We have done our best to reach this point. And if ever the time comes that the fame and accolades mellow down, I am still cool with that because I am contented with what we have achieved. I know that you cannot stay at the top all the time. But of course, we will do our best to maintain the level of excellence in our performance and albums.
I am often asked about my motivation and the reason for my success. You see, I have a terrible childhood. My parents were divorced when I was still very young. My dad was abusive. I saw how he hurt my mother everyday especially when he was drunk and did not have any money. My mom had to work multiple jobs to sustain our needs but sadly, my dad would spend her hard earned money on drinks and vices. I had to quit school because we could not afford it anymore. I would stay with my friends just to get away from our troubles at home. My friends and I would spend hours playing musical instruments, writing songs, and sing our hearts out. That was how my love for music started. Then we met this wonderful organization called Flobots who helped us hone our musical talent. Aside from that, they also taught us how to be resilient amidst life’s challenges. And for that, I am forever grateful. I am where I am today because of them so again thank you Flobots for all your help.
– Hans Shinoda, Hybrid Park