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Hahn began deejaying in high school, and he studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In college, he met Mike Shinoda, and joined his band Xero, which later became known as Linkin Park.
Hahn and Shinoda guested in The X-Ecutioners’ hit single “It’s Going Down”. Hahn also guested in Shinoda’s Fort Minor album The Rising Tied.
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”. He has also directed videos for Story of the Year, Xzibit, and Alkaline Trio. 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”.
Outside of his work in music, Hahn provided special effects work on The X-Files and the miniseries Frank Herbert’s Dune. He also directed a short film called The Seed, and acquired the rights to produce a film adaption of China Miéville’s novel King Rat.
Recently, Hahn directed the trailer for the video game Medal of Honor, featuring Linkin Park’s single “The Catalyst”. 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” will 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.
Joseph “Joe” Hahn was born the youngest of three children (he has two older sisters) on March 15, 1977 in Dallas, Texas, but he grew up in Glendale, California. Hahn is a second generation Korean American.
Hahn graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale in 1995. He then studied at the Art Center of College of Design in Pasadena but did not graduate.