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Pioneering west coast DJ/producer Scott Hardkiss dies at 43

By Ken Taylor
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Legendary Bay Area DJ and producer Scott Hardkiss (real name Scott Friedel) has died at the age of 43. Along with his musical “brothers” Gavin and Robbie Hardkiss, Friedel became a staple on San Francisco’s dance-music scene in the ’90s, helping to pioneer the west coast sound that still echoes today. Often working under the solo moniker God Within, Friedel later moved to New York, and released his last LP, Technicolor Dreamer, in 2009. Details of Friedel’s death at this point are unknown. Please enjoy a couple of his classic mixes from 1996 and 1997 below.