Gavin Hardkiss is a musician, DJ, label owner, producer, remixer, author and artist. He was born in Johannesburg South Africa and is currently based in San Francisco.

Gavin has released five albums under the guise of Hawke and two albums with his Hardkiss brothers as Hardkiss. Recent releases include the Hawke album Love In Stars and the singles Grapeseed Meditation, WarPeace and Sunshine People on Hardkiss Music. 

In 2019, Gavin collaborated with Kevin Colorado and visual artist Marpi on an interactive AI installation at Mutek San Francisco.  He is currently working on a new album to be released in Fall 2019 which is influenced by the music that he performs weekly with his wife, Araceli Santos Bieber, at Marin Power Yoga in San Anselmo CA.

In the 90’s, along with faux brothers Robbie and Scott, Gavin helped pioneer the American electronic music scene with the groundbreaking record label Hardkiss Music. Hardkiss quickly joined the ranks of the international DJ elite, DJing at raves and clubs in cities throughout the world, eventually reaching legendary status with the release of the classic double album, Delusions of Grandeur. Delusions of Grandeur reached number one on the Rolling Stone Magazine alternative charts.

He has remixed the likes of Brazilian Girls, Youssou N’Dour, Mazzy Star, Elton John and Michael Franti, and performed alongside Afrika Bambaataa, Derrick May, Snoop Dogg and The Buena Vista Social Club. The song Mundo Via Afrika was featured on the official Sony World Cup album “Hello Africa,” alongside the best of contemporary African musicians.


  1. Cookie Marenco
    May 4, 2009 @ 12:26 am

    Hey Gavin, I think we’ve met before through mutual friends….. the obvious being Justin Young, since we were just talking about you! I used to work at Windham Hill with Bob D and Pat from 6 Degrees. Haven’t spoken to them in a long while. I’m curious how you enjoyed the experience with them? Also used to do a lot of mastering for Chris at Om.

    I’m back to indie producing and am working on a project with Brain (drummer from Primus, Guns N Roses, Tom Waits) doing Prince meets Radiohead meets Massive Attack electronica recording. The exec producer is opening the door for us to have a piece or two remixed and possibly release a vinyl single in October… full release out in Feb 2010. Justin and I thought you might be interested to check it out. Also, we’re talking to Justin about setting up a huge release party in SF Oct 24. Would love to have you involved.

    I’ll be talking to Justin more about it, too.

    You can call the studio to reach me…
    650 595 8475

    FYI, in case you’re bent in the direction of high end acoustic music, I’ve started a label, Blue Coast Records.
    Extreme High End with no compromise
    It’s a challenge…. I’m mostly excited about the 44.1 and 96K download attention.

    take care,
    Cookie Marenco


  2. Cookie Marenco
    May 4, 2009 @ 12:27 am

    oops, i thought this was a personal email section… sorry! 😀


  3. john C. C. smith
    June 23, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

    so did i, except a few pages-and-the-1995-mix ago. my first reaction was, “ok, so i’m not completely…” but then i realized that the negative impliconsecationsquences were keeping pace with my relief..


  4. Philip
    February 24, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    I started listening to your mixtapes in the mid 90’s and you were always my favorite dj on the scene. You helped make me realize that experimental music gives us an endless palet for sound. I went on to discover Bruce Haack and even produced a documentary about him. It’s been a six year journey now and I couldn’t be happier with my involvment in experimental music. Just the other day I looked up you and my other favorite deejay, Darkhorse, and was so excited to listen to everything I’ve missed over the years. Some of your mixes are beautiful timeless masterpieces and I think you, like Bruce, will gain more recognition as a pioneer as time goes on. Thank you Gavin 🙂


    • gavin hardkiss
      March 2, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

      thanks for the kind words philip …. i was not familiar with bruce haak until i read your post …. quite an impressive dude.

      i’d be interested in watching the documentary …. is it online anywhere?



  5. Future Gossip
    April 6, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    I have made a mix of your song and entered it into a contest, yet I would just like to thank you for inspiring me to play and mix more. Your stuff is great and I just hope you enjoy the mix.

    Best wishes and thank you,
    Jorge “Future Gossip” Lopez


  6. Meathead
    April 21, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    Who won the contest dude?????


    • gavin hardkiss
      April 23, 2010 @ 12:12 am

      Looks like Craig’s Last Minute Jump Around Mix won …. results will be online soon.


  7. Lisa Allen
    August 17, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    You really are hard to kiss…..


  8. Aaron from L.A.
    December 3, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    I think your music is awesome … do you ever play in Los Angeles?


    • gavin hardkiss
      December 13, 2010 @ 12:08 am

      i haven’t played in la for a couple of years +++


  9. nathan
    January 4, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Gavin, So happy I stumbled onto your page. I just found your blog after being oblivious for how many years, now? 🙂 I’ll be checking back here more often, when I’m not at work. You know how influential you have been to me in music… I just wanted to say thanks again and I’ll be in touch once I get some of this heat I’ve been sleeping on from your blog and into my life.

    Much love,
    Your friend in Greensboro, NC


    • gavin hardkiss
      January 8, 2012 @ 8:39 am

      thanks nathan …. for sure lots of good stuff to mine +++


  10. Rob Tygett
    August 19, 2014 @ 3:20 am

    Hey, Gavin! Long time no talk. Last we spoke I had emailed you before taking a trip to coastal California, asking your advice on some sights / activities. Your recommendations for both the Madonna Inn and Hearst Castle were highlights of my vacation. Thank you again.

    I know you and Robbie are coming to STL in a couple weeks; I’d like to return the favor of giving recommendations. There’s a very special museum (The City Museum) not too far the from venue – It’s an astonishing place and an experience you will be glad to have had.

    Let me know if you need food recommendations, or if there are other areas of interest you’d like to pursue.

    See you in a few, Gavin.


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