Based in San Francisco, California, USA, Scott Hardkiss grew up in the area’s house music sub-culture, although he was primarily inspired by hip-hop. He DJed at Tenerife in 1989 and the Glastonbury Festival in 1990, a performance fondly remembered for his determination to incorporate a live 303 synthesizer. He had formed the Hardkiss trio with disc jockeys Robbie Hardkiss and label manager Gavin Hardkiss after meeting them at college on the east coast. After studies they moved to San Francisco, and made their name on the warehouse scene there. Continuing the high profile Sunny Side Up nights, they also moved into label management and recording, the Magic Sounds Of San Francisco EP being their debut release. A major cult success, it boasted samples drawn from both the Beatles and Shamen, pinned to a hip-hop backdrop. Under the title Hawke their third release, ‘3 Nudes In A Purple Garden’, was similarly inventive. ‘Raincry’ and ‘Phoenix’ by God Within (aka Scott Hardkiss) arrived in typically glossy packaging and psychedelic ‘new age’ artwork. Meanwhile their highly personalised, off-centre live sets continued, with Robbie typically dropping ‘Radio Clash’ into appearances at the Ministry Of Sound. Scott also remixed One Dove’s ‘White Love’ in an acid version, and turned the Drum Club’s ‘Drums Are Dangerous’ into ‘Shrubs Are Dangerous’ for US consumption. 1995 found the trio signed to Phonogram Records, who issued a singles compilation which immediately ran into trouble over an uncleared ELO sample on ‘Phoenix’.