Dil­li­walas’ Hy­brid The­ory: Joe Hahn is Bruce Lee!

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Sa­marth Goyal sa­[email protected]

Korean-Amer­i­can mu­si­cian Joe Hahn, best-known as the Amer­i­can rock band Linkin Park’s DJ, was in the Cap­i­tal, re­cently. The mu­sic artist, who was re­spon­si­ble for all the scratch­ing, turnta­bles, sam­pling, and pro­gram­ming for all the seven al­bums of the band, is usu­ally seen post­ing hi­lar­i­ous up­dates on In­sta­gram. And as you meet him, you get to re­alise that hu­mour is not just lim­ited to his witty so­cial me­dia up­loads but it is an ex­ten­sion of his per­son­al­ity. And fun­nily enough, hu­mour found its way to reach him on the streets of Delhi, too. The mu­si­cian, for some odd rea­son, was be­ing recog­nised as Bruce Lee! He laughs, “I was get­ting recog­nised, but not as my­self, but as Bruce Lee…. which was re­ally weird, but I guess be­cause I look so bada**, peo­ple think I am him.”

Ask him what brought him here and he in­forms that he was shoot­ing for a doc­u­men­tary, hence, the so­journ. But he re­veals that Delhi was not his first choice to visit. “Orig­i­nally, the plan was to visit Jaisalmer, Ra­jasthan. But that didn’t work out and we came to Delhi in­stead. But that’s what it has been like — an ad­ven­ture. We are here to shoot pho­tos, and we lit­er­ally have been fly­ing with the seats of our planes here. Things change, plans change, ev­ery­thing’s not been easy, but we shift gears, and hon­estly, that’s how it has been. It’s been fun!” he beams.

The mu­si­cian fur­ther adds, “This was my first time here. I loved ev­ery­thing. There have been lots of in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, in­ter­est­ing faces, a lot of tex­tures and vi­brance. It’s been great so far.”

Joe, along with his crew, used their skate­boards to surf the streets of the Cap­i­tal and also vis­ited a few of its most crowded places in­clud­ing Karol Bagh and Chandni Chowk. “We went elec­tric skate­board­ing in Chandni Chowk. That was fun, to surf in the streets.” Joe also went on a trip to Agra with his crew.

Lastly, ask him about the band’s fu­ture projects, and Joe, us­ing hu­mour as his weapon, de­flects all ques­tions re­lat­ing to it. But be­fore sign­ing off, he shares, “We are still wait­ing for the de­mand to build up, I guess.”

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

Joe Hahn, surf­ing the streets of Chandni Chowk, and with a local in Agra (in­set)

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