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Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn’s Ultimate Playlist

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Nick Cave, RZA and Rob Zombie have a lot more in common than simply excellent names.

They're three examples of mainstream musical artists to eschew conventional wisdom - that being that musicians work better in front of the camera than behind it - and gain critical acclaim in the film world.

It’s a career path currently being followed by Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, whose debut feature film, Mall, is now available to stream on Netflix. The dark thriller shows that Hahn has some serious skills as a filmmaker - but don’t worry, he’s not leaving his band just yet.

With new album The Hunting Party still wowing audiences and Linkin Park announcing a handful of tour dates in Europe this summer, Hahn has a busy few months of music ahead of him.

We caught up with the disc spinner and asked him for his Ultimate Playlist. Enjoy.

Mall, directed by Joe Hahn, is now available from Netflix (USA right now, watch this space for UK); Linkin Park have announced a handful of European dates this summer

CLICK HERE TO READ CHESTER BENNINGTON'S ULTIMATE PLAYLIST

AND HERE TO READ TO READ MIKE SHINODA'S ULTIMATE PLAYLIST


FAVOURITE SONG THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS HEARD OF

"I grew up on a lot of hip hop. It’s a bit obscure, there’s a song called the Invisibl Skratch Piklz  Vs. Da Klams Uv Deth, made in the early nineties by the scratch collective known as Piklz. This work laid a lot of groundwork for what would see electronic music and hip hop crossing over. Just listen to the scratching, it's incredible."

FAVOURITE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK SONG

"The soundtrack to The Crow was pretty huge and still stands up today. But more recently I really loved the soundtrack to the film Friday Night Lights. It was like a throwback to the nineties, showcasing the types of sounds which helped shape the landscape at the time. I’m a fan of US football, used to play a bit when I was younger, but I’d have enjoyed the film even if I didn't. The reason music works for sports films is that they help carry the dynamic from tribulations to triumph, and they’re still songs about people, all with their struggles and adversity."

FAVOURITE SAD SONG

"Most of Michael Giacchino’s score to the film Up is very emotional. Oh man, I get so sad when I see that movie, and the songs have a big part to play in that. Pixar have made some great films such as The Incredibles, Wall-E, Toy Story, and this one was no different. A great score."

FAVOURITE CLUB ANTHEM

"I’ll get down to anything by The Prodigy. Give me something from Fat of the Land. Let's go with Breathe, it's so good for any club occasion. They've got a new record out soon - I heard one song, which got me pretty excited. I can’t wait to hear the rest."


FAVOURITE WEDDING SONG

"I’m not sure this is one of my favourite wedding songs, but whenever I go to one I hear Here Comes The Hot Stepper, a mid-nineties reggae hit. Of course if I was playing I might play a bit of Come To Daddy By Aphex Twin - it has a three dimensional feel to it, like it breaks the laws of physics - but I'll have to go with the Hot Stepper for now."

FAVOURITE CURRENT SONG

"What’s current right now? Uptown Funk was good at the time. I think we have to look at Taylor Swift, Shake It Off, that’s been around for a while but it hasn’t lost any of its charm. It’s a good song. She’s moved from country to pop brilliantly. Reimagining yourself as an artist can be remodelling a house, you’ve got to have good foundations, and she has. Though a strong song is a strong song."


FAVOURITE SONG FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD

"NWA was my pop growing up, so I’d love to say a song by those guys. But I’m going to go with the biggest respective hits for Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer – you can choose between them. I might have even rocked the parachute pants look when I was in elementary school."

FAVOURITE LYRIC FROM A SONG

"Once there was a member of the Freestyle Fellowship called Aceyalone, who was big on the LA underground rap scene for a while in the nineties. He brought out a great album called All Balls Don't Bounce, packed full of analogies about how things are not always what they first appear to be. And just that line itself, "all balls don’t bounce" always stuck in my mind."

FAVOURITE ONE HIT WONDER

"Journey doesn’t count, right? In that case let’s say Yes – Owner of A Lonely Heart. They had a lot of great songs, mainly prog-rock, with this being their only real major hit. I have a realty varied taste, I guess. When I was younger everything was put into categories, because older people wanted to put music in categories. This generation are different, we can now mix up our media and song tastes."

FAVOURITE SONG FROM YOUR OWN MUSIC

"Wretches and Kings is pretty badass. We don’t play it too often live but that makes it even more special. The lyrics are great, too. In fact, a lot of lyrics from that album, A Thousand Suns, were insanely good."

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