“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.


  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 – http://www.citymuseum.org/site/ 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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