“Songs of introspective bliss, this singer-songwriter team genuinely helps the listener feel the spirit of life” - Performer Magazine
"Transcendent alternative-folk - you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo" - Huffington Post
Ari breathes "much-needed warmth and verve into the acoustic rock formula" with "impressive" talent." Grammy winning producer Kevin Bowe says "the positive, intimate nature of Ari's writing and singing bring to mind artists such as Cat Stevens, but his style is current enough to sound right at home on the radio."
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Los Angeles based Ari Herstand is a wildman musician integrating guitar, vocal, trumpet, percussion, and looper in performances of his melodic grooves.
Ari has played over 600 shows around the country, has opened for or toured with Ben Folds, Cake, Matt Nathanson, The Milk Carton Kids, has performed on Ellen, and has had his music featured in countless TV shows, commercials and films. He currently leads the 1973 funk project Brassroots District.
Herstand is also the author of the best-selling book How To Make It in the New Music Business (Norton /LiverightPublishing). It remains at the top of the Amazon charts and has been widely adopted by music business schools worldwide. His music business advice blog, Ari's Take, has become the go-to resource for independent musicians on how to run a successful music career in the NEW music industry.
Ari has written for many of the top musician trade magazines and websites including Music Connection Magazine, American Songwriter, CD Baby, Tunecore, Reverbnation, Discmakers, ASCAP, Hypebot and others. He has been a featured speaker at SXSW, SF MusicTech, CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference and Berklee College of Music.
Fronted by Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes, the couple formed Dawn and Hawkes in 2012 after a chance meeting on an Austin dance floor. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls "undeniably intimate”.
Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country touring performances with influential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx on tours in the US and abroad in Denmark, Germany and Australia.
The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains, to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side, released in July 2018.