Dilliwalas’ Hybrid Theory: Joe Hahn is Bruce Lee!
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.”
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Joe Hahn, surfing the streets of Chandni Chowk, and with a local in Agra (inset)