Scott Hardkiss, San Francisco Electronic Music Legend, Dies at 43

Influential San Francisco DJ and producer Scott “Hardkiss” Friedel passed away Monday night at the age of 43 from unknown causes.

In the early 90s Scott Friedel was a member of pioneering San Francisco DJ/producer trio Hardkiss which featured musical partners Gavin and Robbie. The Hardkiss Brothers helped push and influence that era’s West Coast sound — psychedelia mixed with Balearic, house and techno — via Bay Area warehouse parties as well as remixes and productions issued on Hardkiss Music.

He moved to New York City in the late 90s & also recorded under the ‘God Within’ moniker which he dropped the classic ‘Raincry’ cut (video above). He also went on to remix for the likes of Elton John, George Clinton and The Flaming Lips. In 2009 he released his well-received debut album, Technicolor Dreamer and he also contributed music to various film, television and commercial projects led by Spike Lee, Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater.

Scott Hardkiss DJs on Pete Tong’s Essential Mix BBC Radio 1