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.
Mohawke performing in Glasgow in 2009.
Background information
Birth nameRoss Matthew Birchard
Born (1986-02-11) 11 February 1986 (age 35)
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
  • Record producer
  • disc jockey
  • songwriter
  • remixer
Associated actsTNGHT

Ross Matthew Birchard (born 11 February 1986),[5] better known by the stage name Hudson Mohawke, is a Scottish producer, DJ, and composer from Glasgow. A founding member of the UK label collective LuckyMe,[6] he signed to Warp Records and released his debut album Butter in 2009. In 2011, he formed the duo TNGHT with Canadian producer Lunice and released their debut EP the following year.

In 2012, Birchard signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music production team, contributing to West's 2013 LP Yeezus and subsequent projects on the label. He has produced for a range of artists, including West, Pusha T, Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Anohni.

Life and career[edit]

Early years and LuckyMe[edit]

Birchard is the son of actor and singer Paul Birchard.[7]

At the age of 15, Birchard (under the name DJ Itchy) was the youngest UK DMC finalist.[8][9] His earliest gigs as a club DJ were with Glasgow University's Subcity Radio[10][11][12] 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.[13] During this period, Birchard formed the Lucky Me collective with childhood friends. He adopted the stage name "Hudson Mohawke" after seeing the name engraved on a statue in the hallway of his accommodation.[14][15] In 2007, Birchard applied to the Red Bull Music Academy and was invited to attend the event in Toronto,[16][17] where he first met Steve Beckett of Warp Records, who was giving a lecture there,[18] and was to sign Hudson Mohawke two years later.[19]

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.[20] Surface Empire released the LuckyMe EP in 2005 on Far Cut Records.

2008–11: TNGHT and Warp[edit]

In 2008, Birchard met Canadian producer Lunice during the first LuckyMe Records tour of North America, with Hudson Mohawke performing at the Pop Montreal festival and Lunice playing support.[21] Following a successful performance headlining Warp Records' 2012 SXSW showcase, the duo's collaborative project TNGHT debuted their TNGHT EP, released via Warp X LuckyMe on 23 July 2012.[22][23][24] TNGHT has performed at multiple venues internationally, including The Opera House,[25] the Coachella music festival[26] and Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, which featured an appearance by rapper/producer Kanye West during a remix of West's "Cold".[27]

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.[4] His first official release to get major notice was entitled "Spotted" on the Rush Hour beat compilation Beat Dimensions Vol 1. 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.[28] In that year, he contributed a cover of a Jimi Tenor song, titled "Paint the Stars", to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.[29] He would follow with several EPs, including 2011's Satin Panthers. He produced the debut EP for UK band Egyptian Hip Hop at Club Ralph Studios in London, which was released in August 2010.[citation needed] One of his songs, "100hm", has been featured as a track on the video game Grand Theft Auto V, while "Fuse" was featured in Sleeping Dogs and Dirt 3.

TNGHT performing in 2013

2012–16: G.O.O.D. Music and Lantern[edit]

In 2012, Hudson Mohawke began a series of collaborations with Kanye West, resulting in production credits on the GOOD Music label album Cruel Summer. On 17 January 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.[30] TNGHT announced their hiatus on 27 December 2013.[31] Mohawke co-produced two tracks on West's 2013 album Yeezus ("I Am a God" and "Blood on the Leaves")[4] and contributed to West's 2016 follow-up The Life of Pablo, in addition to working with various other hip hop and pop artists, including Drake, Pusha T, and Future.[32] In 2015, he released his second studio album, Lantern. In 2016, he collaborated with singer Anohni on her 2016 album Hopelessness.[33][34] Mohawke announced on 26 October 2016 via Twitter that he was creating the original soundtrack for the 2016 video game Watch Dogs 2 titled "Ded Sec" and that Warp Records would release it on 11 November 2016.[35]

Musical style[edit]

Following early acclaim for his turntable work, Hudson Mohawke has gone on to receive praise for his "genre-smashing" production approach, in which styles of music are "incorporated, manipulated and bounced against each other."[36][37] In 2009, during Birchard's debut Essential Mix, Pete Tong proclaimed "Hudson Mohawke is doing for hip-hop what the Aphex Twin did for techno".[38] In 2011, The Guardian characterized his trademark sound as "a vivid, psychedelic melange of J Dilla-esque instrumental hip hop, space-age R&B, bass boom and oldskool rave euphoria, garnished with effervescent FX from unexpected sources."[8][39] Following the formation of TNGHT, Birchard and partner Lunice attempted to strip down their production styles and avoid "all over the place" tracks.[40] In 2015, Exclaim! wrote that "in the six years since Glaswegian producer Hudson Mohawke released his debut full-length, Butter, Mohawke's music has gone from a glitch-y, turntablist jitter to a euphoric, multicolored trap-hop pound and everywhere in between."[3]




  • Hudson's Heeters (2006, LuckyMe)
  • B.B.H.E. (2020, Warp)
  • Poom Gems (2020, Warp)
  • Airborne Lard (2020, Warp)


  • Lucky Me (2005) (as Surface Empire)
  • Choices Vol. 1 (2007)
  • Puzzles (2007)
  • Secrets (2007)
  • Polyfolk Dance (2009)
  • Satin Panthers (2011)
  • TNGHT (2012) (as TNGHT)
  • Hud Mo 100 (2013)
  • Chimes (2014)
  • II (2019) (as TNGHT)


Production work


  • 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)
  • Free Moral Agents – "Ageless (Hudson Mohawke Mix)" (2009)
  • Dan Deacon – "Woof Woof (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2009)
  • 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)
  • Games – "Strawberry Skies (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2010)
  • Wiley – "Electric Boogaloo (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2010)
  • Jamie Woon – "Lady Luck (Hudson Mohawke's Schmink Wolf Re-Fix)" (2011)
  • B.o.B – "Satellite (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2011)
  • Gucci Mane – "Party Animal (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (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)
  • Disclosure – "White Noise (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2013)
  • Paolo Nutini – "Iron Sky (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2014)
  • Duck Sauce – "NRG (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2014)
  • Four Tet – "Parallel Jalebi (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2014)
  • Above & Beyond – "All Over the World (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2015)
  • Boards of Canada – "Amo Bishop Roden (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2016)
  • DJ Shadow – "Midnight in a Perfect World (Hudson Mohawke Mix)" (2016)
  • Lo Moon – "Loveless (Hudson Mohawke Remix)" (2017)


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