Erik Hawk | Erik Hawk & the 12-Bit Justice League

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Erik Hawk & the 12-Bit Justice League

by Erik Hawk

High-energy dance tracks fused with orchestral elements. You've heard Hawk's music in many of your favorite films and TV shows. Physical CD comes with digital stems for remixing.
Genre: Electronic: Dance
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1. Introductions
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2. Super Star
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3. Bombastic
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4. Delicious People (feat. Gilli Moon)
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5. On a Mission
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6. Hope & Desire (feat. Craig Seganti & Lygia Ferra)
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7. Ancestors
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8. Carmen Dancing (feat. Christine Wu)
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9. Hip-Hop Tragedy (feat. Christine Wu)
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10. Realistic
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11. Kiss Me Now
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12. We Dance
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13. Drop the Beat
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14. Into the Sunset
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
IMPORTANT: In addition to the audio tracks, the physical CD includes computer data files for remixing “Super Star” and “Delicious People”. Digital only downloads do not include this content.
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The new album by Erik Hawk, Erik Hawk & The 12-Bit Justice League, plays like the soundtrack to an action movie. Every song could underscore a scene, from the opening action of “Introductions”, to the heroics of “On a Mission”, and the closing images of “Into the Sunset”. So, it comes as no surprise to learn that Hawk’s alter ego is composer/producer/remixer, Erik Hawkins. His music has been featured in countless film and television shows (from The Informers, to Ugly Betty, and CSI:Miami).

Joining Hawk on his musical adventures are several critically acclaimed musicians, including Gilli Moon (vocals), Christine Wu (violin), Lygeia Ferra (vocals), Craig Seganti (trumpet), and the album was mastered by pioneering hip-hop producer/engineer Michael Denten. Hawk wrote/co-wrote, arranged, and produced all of the tracks. He plays guitar, keyboards, and sings throughout the album.
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Born into a music loving family, Hawk was surrounded by sounds of his father’s jazz record collection and his mother’s classical guitar playing from an early age. He spent his college years running his own recording studio and producing hip-hop acts in the San Francisco, Bay Area. Then, he went to his first rave and got hooked on electronic dance music. He played the LA club circuit for years as a DJ and performing live electronic music whenever possible. Being in LA helped him to get his progressive dance music into the right hands and his tracks have been featured in numerous films and television shows. A firm believer of the saying, “share the knowledge”, Hawk has published several books about music production and teaches music production courses at Berkleemusic.com. You can read his music production blog at http://erikhawkins.berkleemusicblogs.com.

Other places that you can find Hawk on the Web include:
On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/muzicali or http://www.youtube.com/user/erikhawkmusic
On Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/erikhawk
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/erikhawk1
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/erikhawk
Homepage: http://www.muzicali.com or
http://www.erikhawk.com
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Erik Hawkins is a composer, producer, remixer, and author whose talents and technical expertise have leaders in the music industry calling him a “taste maker.” He has worked with and remixed a variety of top artists, including Irene Cara, Digital Underground, Conscious Daughters, Strypper, Brenda Russell, and DJ Sasha. His own progressive dance music tracks have been used by major television networks and film studios, including ABC, CBS, MTV, Nickelodian, and New Line Cinema. Some of the TV shows and films in which his music can be heard include, Ugly Betty, CSI:Miami, Burn Notice, Lie to Me, Big Brother, The Last Day of Summer, The Disaster Movie, and The Informers.

More than one hundred of his articles have appeared in the industry’s top publications, including Electronic Musician, Mix, and Keyboard. He’s had monthly columns in Remix, MC2, and DigiZine. He has authored several books, including Studio-in-a-Box (ArtistPro, 2001) and the Complete Guide to Remixing (Berklee Press, 2003). Currently, he teaches Pro Tools 110, Producing Music with Reason, and Remixing with Pro Tools and Reason at Berkleemusic.com, the online division of Berklee College of Music.

Christine Wu is a string arranger/composer, producer and musician. Christine is a former tenured member of the Houston Symphony and currently plays violin and cello with the L.A. Strings. Recent work includes string arrangements and recordings for Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Jessie James and Miriam Grey. She is currently on tour with Oscar and Grammy award winning Indian music composer and singer, A. R. Rahman, on the “A.R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour”.
http://www.myspace.com/violinwu

Gilli Moon is a Hollywood based Australian artist, who delivers conscious music, art and a brave sense of self-expression in her energetic, sensual and expressive performances and recordings. Her albums include Girl In The Moon (1998), Temperamental Angel (2001), Woman (2003), ExtraOrdinary Life (2005) and her latest album, for which she is currently on tour, The Stillness (2010). She has been interviewed in Newsweek Magazine as a pioneer and leader in the independent music business, alongside Aimee Mann, discussing their success in the indie music scene, in Music Connection Magazine, and has had songs at No. 1 on many internet and traditional radio stations.
http://www.gilli.net

Lygia Ferra has sung duets with Jerry Garcia, Miles Davis at the JVC Concord Jazz Festival, and Santana. She’s performed at CBGB's in NYC and shared the stage with Sheila E. and Brenda Russell. You can hear her singing and songwriting on her critically acclaimed album, Strange Peculiar (2003).
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lygiaferra

Pioneering hip-hop producer and engineer Michael Denten owns and operates Infinite Studios in Alameda, a suburb of the San Francisco, Bay Area. Denten’s clients include Walter Hawkins, E40, Spice 1, Tupac Shakur, Sikiru, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Garibaldi, and the Tower of Power horns. He has earned more than 50 gold and platinum record awards.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKbrE_0Sad4


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Scott Brian

High Energy, Strong Beats, and Sonically Tasty!
Erik's CD rocks with a very dynamic energy and a well thought out soundscape, laced with sonic effects, driving rhythms, and excellent performances. What Erik does well is to take an ever evolving genre like electronica and push the envelope even more with his superb beats and creative mixing. It comes as no surprise that his professional sounding productions are finding their way into some important TV and movie placements.



One of the many things I like is how Erik adds plenty of the human factor with his guitar playing and with the help of his guests who sing and play as well. Take, for example, the organic feel of Christine Wu's violin on "Carmen Dancing", or Lygia Ferra's earthy and dark vocal delivery interspersed with Craig Seganti's tasty trumpet licks on "Hope & Desire".

And Gilli Moon's mesmerizing vocal's are always a pleasure, especially as found on "Delicious People" juxtaposed with Erik's stinging distortion vocals. Erik's tremolo cowboy guitar in the galloping "Into The Sunset" is a really nice way to close the set.



I found myself admiring the shear amount of work that Erik must have put into the arrangements, with some really interesting explorations, and with a familiar but never predictable presentation. In a time when albums are starting to disappear in favor of one-off hits, I applaud Erik for making this not just a collection of songs, but a well thought out concept album with beautiful, cohesive music and fun artwork. Erik's CD is a worthy addition to my collection and a fine example for others to follow. For now, it stays in my player for many more rotations. Well done Erik!

Cheris

Awesome!!!!!!!
Holy goodness!!! This album is an accomplished and AMAZING work of art.

ALL of the tracks are unique and inspiring creations that gives me energy and hope when I put on my ipod and hit the pavement for a great run. To name a few, 'Carmen Dancing' is simply brilliant. I love the way Erik fuses the raw gypsy/French style with the groove. It's like a raw flame combining with the electronic world. 'Hip-Hop Tragedy': Wow. I love the sadness and the combined heavy rhythm (reminiscent of Emenim/Dr. Dre). Just beautiful. It puts an unusual amount of soul into the electronic world. This song is more meaningful and deeper than what radio play has out there right now. I can't say enough about this. 'On a Mission': Is wild crazy cool! Love the stutter instrumentation scattered throughout. Love the scale in here with the Middle-Eastern vibe. Nice. 'Super Star': What a cool bass line and groove! Totally hot! I love the atonality of the chord progression here. Very bold, and it totally works. It is so great to break away from a 1-4-5 progression and just do things that "sound good". Love this! 'Kiss Me Now': Just fabulous. Cool. Funky. This can go into a club right away. Love it, love it, love it. 'Realistic': Another awesome one! Love the dance factor. Nice clean bass. Great vox FX. 'We Dance': YES!!! How cool is this? Whoa. Love the drive. There is a lot of testosterone here. Bad ass! It hurts in a good way. : ) 'Introductions': I can hear this in a movie! Erik is so good! Great orchestral work.

This album is mixed and mastered to perfection with a lot of diversity, boom, and danceability. 5 Stars and Double Thumbs Up!! Can't wait for the next album!