Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000). The vocal interplay between Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda plays as a major part within Linkin Park's music, with Bennington being the lead vocalist and Shinoda as the rapping vocalist. Linkin Park's influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The Roots and Aphex Twin. Shinoda is a distant relative of the Russian pianist and composer Tchaikovsky.