Hudson Mohawke

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Hudson Mohawke
A man in his twenties with short messy brown hair concentrates on the decks in front of him with headphones tucked above his ear whilst wearing a white and black patterned hoody.
Background information
Also known as HudMo, Hudson Mo, DJ Mayhem, DJ Itchy, Dad
Born (1986-02-11) 11 February 1986 (age 30)
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Electronic, hip hop
Occupation(s) Record producer, disk jockey, songwriter
Instruments Turntables, drums, computer
Labels Very GOOD Beats, Warp, LuckyMe
Associated acts Kanye West, TNGHT, Lunice, Rustie, Anohni

Ross Birchard (born 11 February 1986), better known by the stage name Hudson Mohawke, is a Scottish electronic music record producer, disk jockey, and songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland, affiliated with the LuckyMe collective.[1] He is signed to Warp Records and Kanye West's label, GOOD Music. He released his debut album on Warp, called Butter in October 2009. Mohawke makes up one half of the trap music producer/DJ duo TNGHT with Canadian producer/DJ Lunice.

Life and career[edit]

At the age of 15, Birchard (under the name DJ Itchy) was the youngest ever UK DMC finalist.[2][3] His earliest gigs as a club DJ were with Glasgow University's Subcity Radio[4][5][6] where he first appeared as part of the culture city kids show and later as part of other shows including Turntable Science with Pro Vinylist Karim and Cloudo's Happy Hardcore show, under the alias DJ Mayhem.[7] Birchard became "Hudson Mohawke" after seeing the name engraved on a statue in the hallway of his accommodation.[8][9]

In 2009, Hudson Mohawke signed to Warp Records, despite a very limited track record of official releases; in fact, the bulk of his releases were unofficial tracks and DJ mixes circulated on the Internet.[10] His first official release to get major notice was entitled "Spotted" on the Rush Hour beat compilation Beat Dimensions Vol 1, which then lead to a release entitled "Free Mo", a track on the Ubiquity Records various-artists compilation Choices, Vol. 1 (2007); subsequently, he was featured as a remixer on Choices, Vol. 2 (2007). In 2008 his 12" EP Ooops! on LuckyMe/Wireblock became an underground sensation, particularly once word spread of his recording contract with Warp.[citation needed]

In 2009, Hudson Mohawke released his first studio album, Butter.[11] In that year, he contributed a cover of a Jimi Tenor song, titled "Paint the Stars", to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.[12]

In 2012, the Scottish producer began a series of collaborations with Kanye West, resulting in production credits on the highly anticipated GOOD Music label album Cruel Summer. On January 17, 2013, it was announced that Mohawke had officially signed with GOOD Music as a producer, whilst remaining with Warp and LuckyMe as a recording artist.[13]

Style and influences[edit]

Following early acclaim for his turntable work, he has gone on to receive praise for his "genre-smashing" approach, in which styles of music are "incorporated, manipulated and bounced against each other."[14][15]

Other works[edit]

TNGHT performing in 2013

In addition to his solo work, Hudson Mohawke collaborated with Mike Slott as Heralds of Change, releasing a series of 12" EPs including "Show You" (2006), "Sittin' on the Side" (2007), "Puzzles" (2007) and "Secrets" (2007) on All City Records. Hudson Mo was also DJ/Producer for the now defunct hip hop group Surface Emp alongside MC's Dom Sum and sometimes 2 Can Dan.[16] Surface Empire released the LuckyMe EP in 2005 on Far Cut Records. He produced the debut EP for Manchester band Egyptian Hip Hop at Club Ralph Studios in London, which was released in August 2010.[citation needed] One of his tracks titled "100hm" has been featured as a track on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V. His track 'Fuse' was featured in Sleeping Dogs and Dirt 3.

Hudson Mohawke has also collaborated with contemporary artist Lunice to form the collaborative TNGHT.



Title and details Peak chart positions
UK France
Butter  –  –
  • Release date: 16 June 2015[17]
  • Record label: Warp Records
82  –


  • LuckyMe EP (2005)
  • Choices Vol. 1 EP (2007)
  • Puzzles EP (2007)
  • Secrets EP (2007)
  • Polyfolk Dance (2009)
  • Satin Panthers (2011)
  • Hud Mo 100 (2013)
  • Chimes EP (2014)


Year Single Peak positions Album

2008 "Oops!"  –  –  –
2008 "Star Crackout / Root Hands / Everybody Else Is Wrong"  –  –  –
2014 "Chimes" 84*
30 Chimes EP

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.



  • Lukid - "The Now (Remix by Hudson Mohawke)" from The Now EP (2007)
  • Super Smoky Soul - "Geek Beat (Hud Mo Retwirk)" from Cycling EP (2007)
  • O Liffey Family - "Rock the Spot: Heralds of Change Redub" from Cold Liffey (2007)
  • Ghislain Poirier - "No More Blood (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2008)
  • Fool - "Seventh (Hudson Mohawke RMX)" from Real Thing (2008)
  • Crookers - "Put Your Hands on Me (Hudson Mohawke Mix)" (2009)
  • Dan Deacon - "Woof Woof (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2010)
  • Uffie - "ADD SUV (Hudson Mohawke's Spam Fajita Remix)" (2010)
  • American Men - "AM System (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" from Cool World (2010)
  • De De Mouse - "My Favorite Swing (Hudson Mohawke's Cobra Slice Rework)" from A Journey to Freedom Remixes (2010)
  • Krystal Klear - "Tried for Your Love (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2010)
  • Jamie Woon - "Lady Luck (Hudson Mohawke's Schmink Wolf Re-Fix)" (2011)
  • Björk - "Virus (Hudson Mohawke Peaches and Guacamol Remix)" from Bastards (2012)
  • Battles - "Rolls Bayce (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" from Dross Glop (2012)
  • Jackson & His Computer Band - "Vista (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" from G.I. Jane (Fill Me Up) (2013)
  • Paolo Nutini - "Iron Sky (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2014)
  • Duck Sauce - "NRG (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2014)
  • Above & Beyond - "All Over the World (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2015)


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  2. ^ Lester, Paul (2 February 2009). "New Band of the Day - No 476: Hudson Mohawke". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Palermo, Tomas (16 April 2007). "Dilla Disciple with a Mohawke". XLR8R. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Subcity at the Renfrew Ferry, March 2002 | Flickr – Condivisione di foto!". 2002-03-14. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  5. ^ "Warp Week: Hudson Mohawke Melts Genres Like Butter!". The Skinny. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  6. ^ Devine, Rachel (22 November 2009). "Hudson Mohawke Dont call me just yet Kylie". The Times (London). Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bob Gnarly // episode 2 // hudson mohawke". Subcity Radio. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Interview: Hudson Mohawke". The Guardian (London). 2 March 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Ben. "Hudson Mohawke Interview". DJ Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  10. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Hudson Mohawke Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  11. ^ Ramirez, AJ (27 October 2009). "Hudson Mohawke: Butter". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Breihan, Tom (1 July 2009). "Warp20 Box Set Tracklist Revealed". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Makarechi, Kia (18 January 2013). "Hudson Mohawke & G.O.O.D. Music: Kanye West Snaps Up Buzzy Producer". Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Cooper, Duncan (4 August 2011). "Interview: Hudson Mohawke". The Fader. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  15. ^ MacIness, Paul (22 October 2009). "Butter review". Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Subcity Radio // Podcasts // DJ Itchy & Surface Empire // 22.10.04". 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  17. ^ "Pitckfork / Hudson Mohawke Announces New Album Lantern". Amy Philips. Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  18. ^ "Discografie Hudson Mohawke". Hung Medien. 
  19. ^ "Hudson Mohawke discography". Hung Medien. 
  20. ^ "Show Me (feat. Hudson Mohawke): Declaime: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2013-07-04. 

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