Dot Hacker

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Dot Hacker
OriginEl Sereno, Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresExperimental rock
Alternative rock
Years active2008–present
LabelsORG Music
Associated actsGnarls Barkley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante, Hella, Tweaker, The Motels, Le Butcherettes, Broken Bells, El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Big Sir, Monsters Are Waiting, The Bicycle Thief, Warpaint
WebsiteOfficial Website
MembersJosh Klinghoffer
Jonathan Hischke
Clint Walsh
Eric Gardner

Dot Hacker is an American experimental rock band from California, formed in 2008. The band consists of Josh Klinghoffer (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Clint Walsh (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Jonathan Hischke (bass) and Eric Gardner (drums).

Klinghoffer, Walsh and Gardner were all previously members of the touring incarnation of Gnarls Barkley, and were subsequently joined by Hella bassist Jonathan Hischke to create Dot Hacker. Prior to Klinghoffer joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band recorded its debut album, Inhibition, which was released on May 1, 2012.


After meeting multi-instrumentalist Josh Klinghoffer through his Hella bandmates Spencer Seim and Dan Elkan, bassist Jonathan Hischke moved to Los Angeles, California, in 2008, to begin work on a potential project that would include Klinghoffer, and fellow Gnarls Barkley touring musicians, Clint Walsh and Eric Gardner. Regarding the band, Hischke noted,

"It’s this interesting thing, because it’s this band made of kind of young session musician types: Josh played with Beck, and PJ Harvey and John Frusciante, now he’s the new Chili Pepper. Then there’s Eric Gardner our drummer, he’s played with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gnarls Barkley, you know, Tom Morello, stuff like that. Clint Walsh has done Gnarls, The Scream, Electric Guest, and many others. So they invited me in to jam with them and I moved to LA to pretty much do that."[1]

Taking its name from drummer Eric Gardner's grandmother,[2] Dot Hacker subsequently began recording its debut album in between the band members' other commitments. In October 2009, Klinghoffer joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, delaying the album's release for an extended period of time. Regarding its eventual release, Hishcke noted, "This is quite a busy group of people, even more so now. We recorded off and on for many months in our really comfy and clubhouse-like home studio. Then the completed album was in purgatory for a while as we all did different things."[3]

On February 21, 2012, the band released its debut EP, Dot Hacker on ORG Music, with its full-length album Inhibition released on May 1, 2012.[4] With Klinghoffer having a break from his Chili Peppers duties, June 2013 saw Dot Hacker performing in California and Las Vegas.

On 1 July 2014, the band released the first of two new albums released in 2014.[5] 'How's Your Process? (Work)' was released on 1 July 2014, containing six songs. An album of equal length, 'How's Your Process? (Play)' was released on October 6, 2014. Dot Hacker played for the first time in 2014, debuting songs from the new album, at The Chapel, San Francisco on 6 July 2014[6] and are due to play in Los Angeles on 8 August 2014.

The band announced plans to play Tokyo in February 2015 in support of the two albums. This will be their first time performing outside of the United States.[7] It is unknown if more dates will be added as Klinghoffer began recording a new album with the Chili Peppers in January 2015 and following the album's release (which is expected to be summer 2016) the band will likely spend the next two years touring.

The band released their third album, titled "№3" on January 20, 2017 [8]The band released the opening track, "C Section" on January 4, 2017.[9]

Band members[edit]

  • Josh Klinghoffer - lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Clint Walsh - guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
  • Jonathan Hoschke - bass guitar
  • Eric Gardner - drums, percussion





  1. ^ "SCV interviews Jonathan Hischke, bassist of Dot Hacker | Sound Colour Vibration". Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Q&A: Jonathan Hischke of Dot Hacker | FLABmag". Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Q&A: Jonathan Hischke of Dot Hacker | FLABmag". Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Dot Hacker to release digital EP on 2/21 - Org Music". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers". Billboard. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Dot Hacker". The Chapel. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
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