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Joe Hahn
Joe Hahn in 2011
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Hahn
Also known as
  • Mr. Hahn
  • Chairman Hahn
  • Siblings:Mckayla Bowden ,
Born (1977-03-15) March 15, 1977 (age 42)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Origin Glendale, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • DJ
  • director
  • visual artist
Years active1995–present
Labels Warner 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.

Linkin Park American alternative rock band

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. The band's current lineup comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda, lead guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave Farrell, DJ/keyboardist Joe Hahn, and drummer Rob Bourdon, all of whom are founding members. Vocalists Mark Wakefield and Chester Bennington and bassist Kyle Christner are former members of the band.

Scratching turntablism technique

Scratching, sometimes referred to as scrubbing, is a DJ and turntablist technique of moving a vinyl record back and forth on a turntable to produce percussive or rhythmic sounds. A crossfader on a DJ mixer may be used to fade between two records simultaneously.

Turntablism the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph turntables and a DJ mixer

Turntablism is the art of manipulating sounds and creating new music, sound effects, mixes and other creative sounds and beats, typically by using two or more turntables and a cross fader-equipped DJ mixer. The mixer is plugged into a PA system for live events and/or broadcasting equipment so that a wider audience can hear the turntablist's music. Turntablists manipulate records on a turntable by moving the record with their hand to cue the stylus to exact points on a record, and by touching or moving the platter or record to stop, slow down, speed up or, spin the record backwards, or moving the turntable platter back and forth, all while using a DJ mixer's crossfader control and the mixer's gain and equalization controls to adjust the sound and level of each turntable. Turntablists typically use two or more turntables and headphones to cue up desired start points on different records.


Early life and education

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]

Glendale, California City in California, United States

Glendale is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Its estimated 2014 population was 200,167, making it the third-largest city in Los Angeles County and the 23rd-largest city in California. It is located about 8 mi (13 km) north of downtown Los Angeles.

Korean Americans social group

Korean Americans are Americans of Korean heritage or descent, mostly from South Korea (99%), and with a very small minority from North Korea, China, Japan, and the Post-Soviet states. The Korean American community comprises about 0.6% of the United States population, or about 1.8 million people, and is the fifth largest Asian American subgroup, after the Chinese American, Filipino American, Indian American, and Vietnamese American communities. The U.S. is home to the second largest Korean diaspora community in the world after the People's Republic of China.

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]

Herbert Hoover High School is a public high school in Glendale, California, USA. The school's colors are purple and white.


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]

Pasadena, California City in California, United States

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, located 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles.

Mike Shinoda American musician

Michael Kenji Shinoda is an American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and graphic designer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. Shinoda later created a hip-hop-driven side project, Fort Minor, in 2004. He has also served as a producer for tracks and albums by Lupe Fiasco, Styles of Beyond and the X-Ecutioners.

<i>Hybrid Theory</i> 2000 studio album by Linkin Park

Hybrid Theory is the debut studio album by American rock band Linkin Park, released on October 24, 2000, through Warner Bros. Records. As of 2017, the album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales in the band's home country of United States, with over eleven million units, peaking at number two on the US Billboard 200, and it also has reached high positions on other charts worldwide, with 32 million copies sold, making it the best-selling debut album since Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction (1987) and the best-selling rock album of the 21st century.

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".

<i>Reanimation</i> (Linkin Park album) 2002 remix album by Linkin Park

Reanimation is the first remix album by American rock band Linkin Park as a follow-up to their first studio album, Hybrid Theory, released on July 30, 2002. Recorded during the Hybrid Theory tour in 2001, it features remixes of songs from Hybrid Theory, including the album's bonus tracks. The remix album was produced by Mike Shinoda and mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent. The album to date is the fourth best selling remix album of all time, behind Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix by Michael Jackson, You Can Dance by Madonna and Love by The Beatles.

Numb (Linkin Park song) 2003 single by Linkin Park

"Numb" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, Meteora (2003), and is the thirteenth and final track on the album. One of Linkin Park's most well-known and critically acclaimed songs, "Numb" topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for 12 weeks. The song spent six weeks at the top of the chart in 2003 and six weeks in 2004. The song also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of February 2019, the song has over 1.1 billion views and 6 million likes on YouTube. It is the oldest video on the website that has crossed the 1 billion views milestone.

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]

<i>The X-Files</i> American science fiction TV series

The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The original television series aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox. The program spanned nine seasons, with 202 episodes. A short tenth season consisting of six episodes premiered on January 24, 2016, and concluded on February 22, 2016. Following the ratings success of this revival, Fox announced in April 2017 that The X-Files would be returning for an eleventh season of ten episodes. The season premiered on January 3, 2018, concluding on March 21, 2018. In addition to the television series, two feature films have been released: The 1998 film The X-Files, which took place as part of the TV series continuity, and the stand-alone film The X-Files: I Want to Believe, released in 2008, six years after the original television run had ended.

<i>Frank Herberts Dune</i> 2000 three part TV mini-series directed by John Harrison

Frank Herbert's Dune is a three-part science fiction television miniseries based on the eponymous novel by Frank Herbert. It was directed and adapted by John Harrison. The ensemble cast includes Alec Newman as Paul Atreides, William Hurt as Duke Leto, and Saskia Reeves as Jessica, as well as James Watson, P. H. Moriarty, Robert Russell, Ian McNeice, and Giancarlo Giannini.

The Seed is a 2005 short-film starring Will Yun Lee and Peter Mensah, produced and directed by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park and Ken Mercado. Hahn took his career as a director further with his second film, Mall, released on June 18 2014 in North America.

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

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
Other appearances
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

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 IchLinkin ParkMTV: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


2005 The Seed DirectorCo-directed with Ken Mercado
2014 Mall DirectorExecutive produced by Vincent D'Onofrio

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