Artist SpotlightBrian Hardgroove

Fri Aug 25 2023

Brian Hardgroove is a record producer, bassist, and member of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy. With productions that include the extraordinary talents of Chuck D (Public Enemy), Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Burning Spear (Grammy winner “Reggae Album Of The Year 2009), Marc Anthony, Supertramp and The Fine Arts Militia, his most cherished work is the production of two of China’s premier punk bands, Demerit and Brain Failure. Hardgroove’s musical repertoire spans the genres of hip-hop, soul, rhythm and blues, rock, and reggae. Hardgroove also served as Artist In Residence at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. (Jan 2013 –April 2016). In 2009, Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed May 11th as “Brian Hardgroove Day” in the state of New Mexico for Hardgroove’s commitment to the regional music scene and for using his position as a touring musician, radio personality, writer, performer, and producer to promote the state in interviews while touring the world with Public Enemy. Santa Fe Mayor David Coss proclaimed June 7 as “Brian Hardgroove Day” in the city of Santa Fe as well. In 2002 Hardgroove composed the original composition “I Love New York,” which served as the 2002–2003 season theme song of the New York Liberty (WNBA).His work has also been featured in films such as Blue in the Face, Burn Hollywood Burn, and Lightning in a Bottle.