May 5, 2021

Gavin Hardkiss: Pioneering SF's electronic music frontier

Gavin Hardkiss, electronic musician, DJ, label owner, producer, remixer, author and artist who has performed under the name "Gavin Hardkiss" and "Hawke", shares his journey as a pioneer of electronic music in San Francisco in the 1990s. Gavin talks about the formation of the Hardkiss Brothers, with partners Scott and Robbie. He shares stories of the underground rave scene from Philadelphia, to Brooklyn to the UK to the San Francisco Bay Area. Pre-Internet raving and getting to San Francisco in the summer of '91 to light a fuse in the dance music scene. Renting San Carlos airport to throw a rave from 10 PM to 8 AM the next morning in a hanger. The formation of the Hardkiss Music label and Sun Burn Recordings. Signing with Sony Music. The importance of retaining the rights to your own music, and how it helped him run a profitable label while under Sony. Gavin talks about producing and releasing his most recent Album: The Dark Art Of Light Work and Greg and Gavin debate Spotify and other streaming platforms. Gavin talks about NFTs and how they could change the future for artists and musicians. Greg and Gavin break down the Ableton session for his newest Hawke track played at the opening and closing of the Podcast, Ping Pong.

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