Joe Hahn

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Joe Hahn
Joe Hahn in 2011
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Hahn
Also known as
  • Mr. Hahn
  • Chairman Hahn
Born (1977-03-15) March 15, 1977 (age 42)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
OriginGlendale, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • DJ
  • director
  • visual artist
Years active1995–present
LabelsWarner Bros.
Associated acts

Joseph Hahn (born March 15, 1977) is a Korean-American musician, DJ, director and visual artist. He is best known as the DJ of the American rock band Linkin Park, doing the scratching, turntables, sampling, and programming for all seven of Linkin Park's albums. Hahn, along with bandmate Mike Shinoda, are responsible for most of Linkin Park's album artwork.

Early life and education[edit]

Joseph "Joe" Hahn was born the youngest of three children[2] on March 15, 1977, in Dallas, Texas; Hahn has two elder sisters.[2] Hahn grew up in Glendale, California.[2][3] Hahn is a second-generation Korean American .[4]

Hahn graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale[which?] in 1995. He then studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena but did not graduate.[5]


Hahn began deejaying in high school,[6] and he studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.[3] In college, he met Mike Shinoda and joined his band Xero, which later became known as Hybrid Theory in 1999 with the EP release of the same name as the band, then was changed again into Linkin Park during the recording sessions of Hybrid Theory.[6] Hahn and Shinoda guested in The X-Ecutioners' hit single "It's Goin' Down".[7] Hahn also guest starred in Shinoda's Fort Minor's debut album The Rising Tied on the song "Slip Out the Back".[8]

Hahn was called Chairman Hahn on the back cover of Linkin Park's first remix album Reanimation that's next to the songs "With You" and "Cure for the Itch", both titled as "Wth>You"[clarification needed] and "Kyur4 TH Ich". Hahn has directed several of Linkin Park's music videos, such as those for "Numb", "From the Inside", "What I've Done", "Somewhere I Belong", "Pts.OF.Athrty", "New Divide", "Bleed It Out" and "Iridescent".[9] He has also directed videos for Alkaline Trio, Static-X, Story of the Year, and Xzibit.[3] In a 2003 interview, he told MTV that film-making was his true passion, and that "doing the music [was] more of an extra thing".[9] He is known to add various dramatic effects to the music videos he directs, such as, casting a snake in the video for "Iridescent".

Outside of his work in music, Hahn provided special effects work on The X-Files and the miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune.[10] He also directed a short film called The Seed,[11] and acquired the rights to produce a film adaptation of China Miéville's novel King Rat.[12]

Hahn directed the trailer for the video game Medal of Honor, featuring Linkin Park's single "The Catalyst".[13] Hahn also directed the music video for "The Catalyst", which premiered on August 26, 2010, as well as the music video for Linkin Park's "Waiting for the End" and "Burning in the Skies". On April 13, 2011, Mike Shinoda confirmed on his blog that the music video for "Iridescent" would be directed by Hahn.

Hahn became the first Korean American to receive a Grammy when the band won the 2002 award for Best Hard Rock Performance.[4][14] In November 2011, Hahn designed a helmet of Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi.[15] As of April 2012, Hahn directed a film adaptation of Eric Bogosian's Mall, based on the novel, which stars and is executive produced by Vincent D'Onofrio. The musical score for the album was handled by Linkin Park and Alec Puro of Deadsy for the film.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

On February 15, 2005, Hahn married Karen Benedit; they divorced in 2009.[18]

On October 21, 2012, Hahn married Heidi Woan, whom he had met about two years prior in 2010. They have a child, a daughter named Lola.[19]


With Linkin Park[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

Year Track Artist Album Notes
2002 "It's Goin' Down" (with Mike Shinoda) The X-Ecutioners Built from Scratch
2005 "Slip Out the Back" Fort Minor The Rising Tied
2006 "Where'd You Joe?" (Remix of "Where'd You Go") Fort Minor Militia EP Fort Minor Militia exclusive track
"Move On"
2007 "Bass on the Bottom" (Mr. Hahn and Troublemaker Remix) Lady Tigra Bass on the Bottom (Mr. Hahn + Troublemaker Remix)
2008 "The Young & the Hopeless" (Remixed by Mr. Hahn) Good Charlotte Greatest Remixes
2009 "Vegas Baby" Uncle Kracker Happy Hour (5-track Demo) Outtake from the album, Happy Hour
2010 "Black Rock Shooter" (Remix by Joe Hahn) Hatsune Miku Black Rock Shooter The Blu-ray release of Black Rock Shooter features a 30-second test short stop motion video as a bonus featuring a remix of "Black Rock Shooter" by Joe Hahn.


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Band Notes
2001 Papercut Linkin Park Co-directed with Nathan "Karma" Cox
In the End
Points of Authority
2002 Cold Static-X
Symphony in X Major (featuring Dr. Dre) Xzibit
It's Goin' Down The X-Ecutioners Director and guest musician
Kyur4 TH Ich Linkin Park MTV:Playback and cameo appearance
2003 Somewhere I Belong
2004 Anthem of Our Dying Day Story of the Year
From the Inside Linkin Park
Breaking the Habit Co-directed with Kazuto Nakazawa
2005 Time to Waste Alkaline Trio
2007 What I've Done Linkin Park
Bleed It Out
2008 Shadow of the Day
Given Up Co-directed with Mark Fiore; credited as Linkin Park
Leave Out All the Rest
2009 New Divide
2010 The Catalyst
Waiting for the End
2011 Burning in the Skies
2012 Burn It Down
2013 A Light That Never Comes Linkin Park x Steve Aoki
2014 Until It's Gone Linkin Park
2017 One More Light Co-directed with Mark Fiore
2018 Waste It on Me Steve Aoki featuring BTS


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Seed Director Co-directed with Ken Mercado
2014 Mall Director Executive produced by Vincent D'Onofrio


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  2. ^ a b c 'Joe Hahn' (2011) Linkin Park American. Accessed 2011-02-18.
  3. ^ a b c Linkin Park's Joseph Hahn releases The Seed on iTunes Archived October 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Monsters & Critics. March 27, 2008. Retrieved on March 21, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Han Hyun-Woo."A Band's Linkin Korea". Chosun Ilbo. October 23, 2003. Retrieved on March 21, 2010.
  5. ^ 'Joseph Hahn Pictures' (2011) Accessed 2011-02-18.
  6. ^ a b Marinel. R. Cruz. "Curse-free music for the young and the restless". Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 2, 2002. 27.
  7. ^ Alex Pappademas. "RK 101-LP: How to Succeed in Rock'N'Roll by Really, Really Trying". Spin. May 2003. 70.
  8. ^ Corey Moss. "Linkin Park MC Gets Director With Flair For Video With Flares". MTV. October 20, 2005. Retrieved on March 28, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Jon Wiederhorn. "In The End, Linkin Park's Joseph Hahn Wants To Be A Filmmaker". MTV. August 11, 2003. Retrieved on March 21, 2010.
  10. ^ Joe D'Angelo and Corey Moss. "Why Linkin Park, Disturbed, Foo Fighters Just Say No To Video Directors". MTV. August 27, 2002. Retrieved on March 21, 2010.
  11. ^ Steve Baltin. "Linkin DJ Plants 'Seed'. Rolling Stone. August 9, 2005. Retrieved on March 21, 2010.
  12. ^ Corey Moss. "Linkin Park's Joseph Hahn To Take On 'King Rat'. MTV. September 29, 2003. Retrieved on March 21, 2010.
  13. ^ "Medal of Honor Features Linkin Park "The Catalyst"". EA. Archived from the original on July 29, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  14. ^ Bobby Kim. "Linkin Park: Not Some Korean Kid's Name Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine". KoreAm Journal. May 9, 2002. Retrieved on March 21, 2010.
  15. ^ Kobayashi sports Linkin Park helmet design Retrieved on November 27, 2011.
  16. ^ "Gina Gershon, Mimi Rogers and Peter Stormare Enter Linkin Park DJ's 'Mall'". BloodyDisgusting.
  17. ^ "Eric Bogosian's 'Mall' In Movie Crosshairs With Vincent D'Onofrio, Chelsea Handler". Deadline.
  18. ^ 'Karen Benedit' (May 3, 2005) Accessed 2011-02-18.
  19. ^ Joe's new girlfriend – Heidi Woan

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