Born in South Africa, Gavin Hardkiss is a DJ/producer/author based in San Francisco.
Gavin helped pioneer the US electronic dance scene with the groundbreaking record label Hardkiss Music. He quickly joined the ranks of the International DJ elite, jetting to raves and clubs around the world to perform his eclectic sounds. Gavin was one of the main forces who helped shape the '90s dance music community of San Francisco that brought an organic afro funk sound to the forefront.
Through the years, Gavin's focus has been on recording genre defying albums under the alias Hawke including NAMAQUADISCO, HEATSTROKE, LOVE WON ANOTHER , +++, LOVE IN STARS and THE DARK ART OF LIGHT WORK.
In 2013, Gavin published his first novel CUBIC LUST. In 2020, he published a treatise on how the imagination creates reality titled DARK ART OF LIGHT WORK.
He has also released singles on Sony Africa and Do Not Sit and has also produced several releases with Bisi, a Nigerian singer/performer. He has remixed Youssou N’Dour, Mazzy Star, Elton John and Michael Franti, and performing alongside Africa Bambaataa, Derrick May, Snoop Dogg and The Buena Vista Social Club.