“i make music …. i buy music …. i play music …. i steal music …. i eat music …. and sometimes music feeds me” – Gavin Hardkiss
Gavin is a creator of sounds and stories
He started producing music in 1991 when he moved to San Francisco to start the eponymous record label Hardkiss Music. He chose the moniker Hawke since his name Gavin means White Hawk in Gaelic. Building the HARDKISS MUSIC label in the early ’90s, he helped foster a new psychedelic dance sound with releases of his own creation as well as released from Rabbit-in-the-Moon, God Within, Little Wing, T Tauri and Symbiosis.
Later he would continue to provide A&R duties for Sunburn Recordings.
After the recording of the first Hawke single “3 Nudes In A Purple Garden,” which was featured on the classic Hardkiss album DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR, Gavin started to focus on producing albums that strayed from the well beaten paths of genre-centric dance music. His focus being to create timeless provocative music. Hawke began to characterize the many collaborations and original sound clashes that he developed.
The Hawke album NAMAQUADISCO was released on Sunburn Recordings in 1998 and HEATSTROKE was released on Six Degrees Records in 2000.
In 2004, Hawke presented a third original album entitled LOVE WON ANOTHER. Described by the Orlando Weekly as “thick with the stoned-out, everything’s-cool-man optimism.”
LOVE WON ANOTHER spawned two remix album and several music videos.
+++ is another Hawke album and so is LOVE IN STARS.
Over the past decade, he has remixed the likes of Brazilian Girls, Youssou N’Dour, Mazzy Star, Led Zepellin, Elton John and The Beatles, performed alongside Snoop Dogg and The Buena Vista Social Club and released original recordings in Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. Appearing on labels such as Astralwerks, Sony/Columbia Records, Global Underground, Om, Hooj Toons and Ditrec Records he has over 50 records in circulation.
His music has appeared in countless TV commercials and has been used on shows such as HBO’s Sex in the City and MTV’s Real World.
Gavin has also developed an international DJ career, jetting out weekends to entertain funky hedonists with his provocative beats and gamma rays. He has traveled the world presenting a hybrid sound of house, techno funk and electronic precipitation.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gavin Hardkiss now makes his home in across the Golden Gate Bridge near the city by the Bay.