| Hawk |
||So who is this “Hawk” that so many people are talking about? The guy behind those tracks and remixes being hammered by djs as Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz, Blank & Jones, Armin and on Pete Tongs show on BBC 1?|
Well, “Hawk” is actually named Håkon Lofthus, and was born in Gjøvik, Norway, back in 1985, and discovered music at a very young age.
As a 7 year old, he already started playing the guitar, but over the years the guitar has been replaced with computers and synths.
A dj-mixer was bought, and he learned beat mixing the hard way. No pitch or cue involved, only a crappy Sony cd player and a Discman. Gaining status in the area with his friend Thomas Sagstad as the talented, young djs they quickly got bookings on bigger parties like Myth, Fascinated and Payday in Norway.
Production wise Håkon have evolved over the years, and got himself a nice studio setup and found his style of choice: Trance or more defined as a hybrid between progressive and trance.
As a 21-year old Hawk are now signed to major labels such as Anjunadeep, Enhanched, Realmusic Recordings and Active Recordings. Recently he has also remixed tracks for big labels such as Armada, Enhanched, AVA, Red Force and others. His tracks have been hammered from djs like Above & Beyond, Perry O´Neil, Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Tall Paul, Andy Moor and Matt Darey to name a few. The track “Need For Cognition” was the one that boosted his career and have was played on Pete Tongs Essential Selection, listed on the UK’s Cool Cuts Charts +++
For his young age he already has 6 years of experience as a dj from small clubs to bigger parties. He has arranged some of the most successful parties in Norway, had numerous radio-residencies and guestmixes. November 2005 Hawk did a guest mix for Above & Beyond’s show “Trance around the world,” which was a huge success. People liked the mix so much that it was voted the best radioshow on the official Above & Beyond/Anjunabeats forums. Surely Håkon is now quickly getting a name in the international scene.
With lots of releases coming up, radio-residencies and dj-gigs, this will probably not be the last time you’ll hear the name Hawk.