A Night with Greg Hawkes
Maryland native Greg Hawkes attended Berklee College of Music for two years, majoring in composition and flute. Hawkes's most notable involvement was with the Cars, where he pushed the limits of available technology and sequencing to help forge the sound of the 80's. His signature sounds include the Prophet V Touch Sync heard on "Let's Go" and "Hello Again" as well as arpeggiated and syncopated synth lines as heard in "Shake It Up" and "Heartbeat City."
Currently Hawkes lives in Boston, where he works as a session musician. He is a member of the New Cars, a quasi-reformation of the band also featuring original guitarist Elliot Easton. Filling in for other original Cars members are singer/guitarist Todd Rundgren, Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sulton, and former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. The band toured in 2006 and 2007 and released a new live album with three studio tracks, It's Alive!