"Like Stevie Wonder and Jeff Buckley thrown in a blender." - Bryan Beller, Dethklok
Rocked to sleep as a child to Stevie Wonder, Dechen Hawk's music ranges from beautiful ballads to serious backbeat funk. Hawk's sound is a refreshing new addition to the Neo-Soul movement. Though musical his whole life, it wasn't until the death of his father at age 14, and the search for a way to express that loss, that Hawk found his calling as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. It was also at this time the Hawk was introduces to the music of Jeff Buckley, which influenced him heavily during this time of grief and musical exploration. Hawk's desire to create and express the joy and fragility of life has kept him busy for the past 22 years performing locally and internationally, sharing billings with such legends as Martin Sexton, Bruce Hornsby, Leon Russell, and the Fun Lovin' Criminals, as well as sharing the stage with members of The Motet, Big Gigantic, Juno What, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, The New Mastersounds, Euforquestra, Analog Sun, The pimps of Joytime, Punch Drunk Monkey Funk, Ty Burhoe, and Ron Miles. During this time Hawk has written hundreds of songs, released 7 albums, been in numerous bands, played the role of talent buyer for various venues. A 2009 graduate of Naropa University, Hawk studied with Bill Douglas, Art Lande, and Janet Feder.
"One impression you get from Hawk is that generosity is not just a courtesy; It's a business plan." P.J. Nutting - Boulder Weekly