Joseph Hahn , often referred to as Mr. Hahn , (born March 15, 1977 in Dallas, Texas) is a turntablist and director of Korean descent best known as the DJ for the American band Linkin Park .
Joe joined Linkin Park, after meeting fellow band mate Mike Shinoda in art school, when the band was called Xero in 1996 as the band’s turntablist. Since then, he has directed music videos for most singles of his band, with the exceptions of "One Step Closer", "Crawling", "Faint" and "Given Up". He is referenced to as Mr. Hahn at the beginning of "Cure for the Itch" from Hybrid Theory as well as in "And One" from Hybrid Theory EP and "Kyur4 TH Ich" from Reanimation. He has also remixed their song "With You" (originally on "Hybrid Theory"), which appears on the remix album Reanimation as "Wth>You".
On the new album Minutes to Midnight, Joe Hahn focused his contributions on programming with his sound effects board and MIDI keyboard. Minutes To Midnight also features his turntable talents on three tracks: "What I’ve Done", "Valentine’s Day", and "In Pieces." Joe has been known to utilize MIDI pads on several tracks from the band. Examples include "Crawling", "Numb", and "By Myself".
Joe was featured on the Fort Minor songs "Slip Out the Back" and "Move On" (a Fort Minor Militia exclusive), tracks produced and sung by his Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda. In both tracks, Hahn does some scratching in the outro. He also remixed the song "Where’d You Go" and is named "Where’d You Joe". He was also featured as a turntablist in the track "It’s Goin’ Down" by the The X-Ecutioners, once again alongside Shinoda. Hahn and his Linkin Park bandmates also made an appearance in the song’s music video.
A proficient music video director, Joe has directed videos not only for his band Linkin Park, but he has also directed videos for Static-X, Story of the Year, Xzibit, X-Ecutioners and Alkaline Trio. Hahn has also done some special effects for the TV show The X-Files.
In 2005 to 2006, while bandmates Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda were busy with side projects, Hahn shot a short film called The Seed in Los Angeles, California, released in March 2008 and premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival. Hahn also appeared with a minor role in a short film by Filip Engström called Little Pony. In 2005, Hahn opened a retail concept store and brand Suru, located on the famous Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
He married Karen Benedit in February 2005 after dating her since 2003.She was born in Atlanta 1975. Hahn attended the accredited Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, but didn’t graduate in order to put his efforts into the band. Joe is known for his dry sense of humor and wit in most interviews. Joe is also a Transformers fan – on various occasions he has worn clothing or used turntables with Decepticon symbols on them. He was also the one to advise the band to put the single "What I’ve Done" on the soundtrack for the Transformers live action movie. Joe, along with Rob and Chester, were present at the Transformers movie premiere.