A year ago on July 20th, 2018, the entire world took in a painful, sharp breath all at once when we learned of Chester Bennington’s death. As Linkin Park’s core member, Bennington shaped musicians and fans worldwide with his deep friendship, complemented with an understanding attitude. Although the name Bennington still aches to even write, Chester’s wife Talinda Bennington wasted no time in once again joining his passion of helping others. The creation of non-profit 320 Changes Direction utilizes a “coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.” Wanting to pay tribute to his role model as a vocalist, Major Moment’s Andrey Borzykin found solace in Chester’s voice through his darkest moments.
His voice has been with me through some dark moments in life, heartbreaks, failures, but also helped me to find that one person who I consider a perfect woman and who I love endlessly.
July 20th 2017. I was still emotional after Chris Cornell’s death two months prior to that, as the news about Chester passing broke early Thursday afternoon. They seemed to be fake at first, but my heart still dropped. As more and more search engine results were producing articles from respected sources, it became clear that he was gone. Then Mike Shinoda’s tweet came, confirming it was real. This moment became a breaking point. I never cried so much in my whole life.
Suffering from this tragedy as if it happened with our family member, we took the pain of grief and decided to turn it into creating something new. We were working on some demos for our own songs at the time. Then the idea of recording a Linkin Park song in the studio came. I had an instant vision of how this song should go, I wanted to add some more dynamics to it and perform this song in the most respectful way possible. I sat in my bedroom studio and created a rough demo probably in less than an hour, showed it to the guys and we started working on it.
We had some debates about how to release this song in the way that people will see it as intended, as us pouring our hearts out in memory of our late hero, and not trying to monetize off of this tragedy.”