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Hudson Mohawke

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.
Hudson Mohawke in Glasgow
Background information
Also known as HudMo
Hudson Mo
DJ Mayhem
DJ Itchy
Born (1986-02-11) 11 February 1986
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Electronic, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Turntables, drums, computer
Labels Very GOOD Beats, LuckyMe, Warp
Associated acts Kanye West, TNGHT, Lunice, Rustie
Website MySpace Page

Ross Birchard better known by the stage name Hudson Mohawke (born 11 February 1986) is a Scottish electronic music producer/DJ 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 popular trap music producer/DJ duo TNGHT with Canadian producer/DJ Lunice.


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.

In 2009 he contributed a cover of a Jimi Tenor song to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.

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.[11]


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."[12][13]

Other works

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.[14] 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. One of his tracks titled "100hm" has been featured as a track on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V.

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



Title and details Peak chart positions Tracklist
UK France
  • Type: Album
  • Released: October 26th, 2009
  • Record label: Warp Records
 –  –
  • Type: Album
  • Released: TBA[15]
  • Record label: Warp Records
 –  –


  • 2005: LuckyMe EP, Surface Emp (Far Cut Records).
  • 2007: Choices Vol. 1 EP, Ubiquity Records.
  • 2007: Puzzles EP, Heralds of Change (All City).
  • 2007: Secrets EP, Heralds of Change (All City).
  • 2007: The Now EP, Lukid (Werk).
  • 2007: Cycling EP, Super Smoky Soul (Circulations).
  • 2009: Polyfolk Dance EP, Warp Records.
  • 2011: Satin Panthers EP, Warp Records.
  • 2014: Chimes EP, Warp Records.


Charting singles
Year Single Peak positions Album

2014 "Higher Ground"
(with Lunice as TNGHT)
2014 "Chimes" 97*
30 Chimes EP

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


Other releases

  • 2005: Hudson's Heeters Hudson Mohawke (promo cassette and download)
  • 2006: Show You 12" Heralds of Change (All City)
  • 2006: Cold Liffey 12" O'Liffey Cousins (All City)
  • 2007: Sittin on the Side 12" Heralds of Change (All City)
  • 2007: Eggs n Cheese 12" G Frequency (All City)
  • 2007: Beat Dimensions Vol1 LP Jay Scarlett & Cinnaman present (Rush Hour)
  • 2008: Alex Smoke & Non Gentic Hudson Mohawke (Hum and Haw)
  • 2008: Hud Mo says Ooops! Hudson Mohawke (LuckyMe / Wireblock)
  • 2008: 7x7x6 Hudson Mohawke (All City)
  • 2009: Room Mist EP Nadsroic/Hudson Mohawke (LuckyMe)
  • 2009: Paint The Stars ft. Wednesday Nite (Warp Records)
  • 2010: Tried For Your Love Krystal Klear (All City)
  • 2011: FUSE Hudson Mohawke (Dirt 3)
  • 2012: TNGHT Hudson Mohawke x Lunice (Warp)
  • 2012: FUSE Hudson Mohawke (Sleeping Dogs)
  • 2013: 100hm Hudson Mohawke (Grand Theft Auto V)


  1. ^ Churchill, Tom. "Nine for 2009 - Hudson Mohawke".  
  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".  
  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".  
  10. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Hudson Mohawke Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  11. ^ Makarechi, Kia (18 January 2013). "Hudson Mohawke & G.O.O.D. Music: Kanye West Snaps Up Buzzy Producer". Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Cooper, Duncan (4 August 2011). "Interview: Hudson Mohawke".  
  13. ^ MacIness, Paul (22 October 2009). review"Butter".  
  14. ^ "Subcity Radio // Podcasts // DJ Itchy & Surface Empire // 22.10.04". 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  15. ^ "Twitter / LuckyMe: REVEALED - the forthcoming". Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  16. ^ "Discografie Hudson Mohawke". Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ "Hudson Mohawke discography". Hung Medien. 
  18. ^ "Show Me (feat. Hudson Mohawke): Declaime: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2013-07-04. 

External links

  • LuckyMe official website
  • Hudson Mohawke on Myspace
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