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.