Bradford Phillip Delson
Delson graduated from Agoura High School in 1995 and formed Xero with Mike Shinoda whom he knew since the seventh grade, which would later become Linkin Park. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles 2C_Los_Angeles with a degree in communications, but decided to forget law school to pursue a career with Linkin Park.
While in college, (he shared a college room with Dave Farrell ) Delson had to intern with a member of the music industry as a part of his career. He ended up working for Jeff Blue, an A&R representative at Warner Bros. Records . He told Blue about his band and in return for giving him demos to listen to he was offered constructive criticism. Blue is the man who found Linkin Park's current lead vocalist, Chester Bennington .
He also used to work as a bouncer at the Roxy, as confirmed by the breakfast with Linkin Park hosted by Kevin and Bean, which can be heard KROQ.com.
Before forming Xero with Mark Wakefield, Delson's first instrument was the trumpet. His first band was called the Pricks, and he later played in a band called Relative Degree with his fellow Linkin Park bandmate Rob Bourdon . He met and roomed with bandmate Dave Farrell , better known as Phoenix, at UCLA.
Delson can usually be seen wearing a very large pair of headphones on stage. The headphones are designed by Shinoda and himself and change with every Linkin Park release. Delson has alluded to an exact reason for them, but he has admitted it channels him into his own personal "matrix" while performing. He won't divulge to what this "matrix" is in detail. Delson usually does not give a serious answer as to why he wears the headphones, with answers such as "If I tell you, I'll have to kill you." In a recent interview, Mike Shinoda said that Brad wears shooting range headphones for hearing protection. Then he gives them to Mike who then makes sticker designs which go on them.
Delson has been known for his anti-social behavior on occasions. In high school, he used to dye his hair a variety of colors and in earlier days of the band he generally kept it shaved. Recently, Delson has been seen sporting a Afro , which is also seen on the front cover for Minutes to Midnight .
Brad married Elisa Delson in September 16 2003, in a private ceremony. She was born in 1979, maiden name Elisa Sara Boren. She works as a scripter (Everwood).
In 2005, Brad signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools throughout the United States. Brad has personally delivered instruments to children in the program and sits on the organization's board of directors as an honorary member.
Guitar playing style
Delson has been sometimes criticized for playing simple guitar parts and never performing solos. He says that he "doesn't like to show off," giving reason to the fact performing solos is a rare act for him. He has explained that this is due to the nature of the band, and that he tries to make his guitar playing sound like a keyboard or strings to try to fit in with the hip hop and electronica sounds of the band.
In the summer of 2006, when Linkin Park performed at the Summer Sonic Festival hosted by Metallica it was there that the band debuted a new song called Qwerty in which Delson stunned fans by playing one of the heaviest riffs the band has ever written. In Linkin Park's most recent album, Minutes to Midnight , there are more complex guitar parts and solos by Delson.
In the early days of Linkin Park, their usual bassist Dave Farrell was unavailable due to touring commitments with Tasty Snax. So in Hybrid Theory, Delson also became the band's bassist during recording.