Joe Hahn Joseph Hahn, who is also known as Joe Hahn, Chairman Hahn and Mr. Hahn, was born on March 15, 1977, and is best known for his role as the DJ in the nu metal/rapcore band Linkin Park. He is one of the "founding fathers" of Linkin Park.
Adding to his name, Hahn has been asked his middle name by many fans. The truth is, he has no middle name.
Hahn, a full-Korean second generation, is from Glendale, California where he graduated high school and was also into visual arts. He then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with his fellow Linkin Park bandmate, Mike Shinoda. His intended field of study was illustration but decided to drop out to pursue a career involving overseeing special effects in television shows and movies such as The X-Files, Sphere and Dune.
Hahn joined Linkin Park (then called Xero) in 1997 as the band's DJ. Since then, he has directed music videos for most singles of his band (except for One Step Closer, Crawling and Faint). He has also directed videos for Static-X, Story of the Year and Alkaline Trio.
Hahn is known for his sarcastic and dry sense of humor during interviews. He can also play guitar and has traded instruments with Brad Delson during occasional Linkin Park concerts.
Adding to his humor, he has been known to have a split personality named Remy. Although this was a joke, fans have taken this seriously. In his solo song "Cure For The Itch" in Hybrid Theory, Remy speaks in the beginning of the song. The lines are "Folks, we have a very special guest for you tonight, I'd like to introduce Mr.Hahn."
With bandmates Chester Bennington and Shinoda busy with side-projects, Hahn is busy doing his own side-projects. Recently, he shot a mini-film called The Seed in Los Angeles, California and plans to enter it in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He is also working on Kung Fu High School and King Rat, which is an adaptation of the novel by China Mieville. Mr.Hahn was introduced "King Rat" by his personal manager.
Hahn has somehow been associated with frogs. Apparently, the story goes like this; when Joe joked that he liked something green, what he had meant was money, people mistook it as frogs, for some reason. Ever since, Joe has possibly started liking frogs very much. He sometimes speaks of "The Almighty Froggy."
Some consider his music to be a form of nerdcore hip hop.