Patrick Forge has been a familiar name on the London DJ scene for the last 25 years, his radio show The Cosmic Jam ran for twenty one years on Kiss FM, making it the longest running programme in the station’s history! Known for his eclectic tastes rooted in jazz and soul, Patrick delves deep into musical history and searches far and wide for new music that reaches his stringent standards on The Cosmic Jam.
Patrick’s passion for music has taken him on a rich journey through the last few decades. Working with Jonathan More (Coldcut/ Ninja Tune) at Reckless Records in the late eighties provided him with the musical education and contacts that led to his show on Kiss. However following the launch of The Cosmic Jam, Patrick connected with Gilles Peterson and became co-resident at the now legendary “Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Something” sessions on Sunday afternoons at Dingwalls.
(Now reborn as an annual sell out event, “Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls”). The next development in Patrick’s career saw him hooking up with Trevor Wyatt at Island Records to compile the Rebirth Of Cool series that charted the development of the jazz influence in dance music through the nineties. From hip-hop to house, techno and drum and bass Rebirth Of Cool had a huge impact worldwide in forwarding the musical philosophy that had been “forged” with Peterson in those heady days of Dingwalls and beyond.
In the early nineties having spent many hours in the studio with Coldcut witnessing the evolution of sample based dance music first hand, Patrick was keen to get back to his primary passion, making music with musicians. As a (talentless!) guitarist and bassist himself Patrick had spent many years playing in bands before he was bitten by the DJ bug, which at least equipped him well enough to work with proper players! A demo tape of a band called Batu from Brighton found it’s way to him which led to a meeting with Christian Franck and the birth of a musical endeavour that survives to this day, it’s called Da Lata. However before Da Lata there was Batu, and Patrick’s first ever production, a twelve inch “Seasons Of My Mind” a song he co-wrote with the band and was released in 1993 on Big Cheese. Da Lata made three albums for Palm Pictures between 2000 and 2003 before returning with the release of their version of The Jam’s “Going Underground” in December 2012, and a new album “Fabiola” in 2013. Patrick is also part of a more jazz based project The Elliptics with Mike Patto and Leon Stenning.
As a club DJ Patrick has played many styles in many places but always reflecting his fundamental jazz attitude.From his residencies with Peterson in the late eighties and early nineties, Patrick has woven an idiosyncratic path through clubland sometimes cropping up in unexpected places playing different styles. The late nineties found him resident at one of Hoxton’s first big Saturday night sessions, Off Centre playing disco and house with some stellar guests with the likes of Harvey, Fabio, Osunlade sharing his DJ box. And for thirteen years from 1999 he co-hosted a Friday night eclectic boogie based session with restless soul man Phil Asher at Notting Hill Arts Club. However Patrick is always likely to throw in some classic jazz-dance whatever style he’s playing, and he’s travelled around the world spreading his message. However Japan is Patrick’s second home, where he’s always enjoyed a great reputation and high profile, and he briefly moved to the sub-tropical island of Okinawa in 2008, and became a regular guest at the place Patrick describes as “the best little club in the world”, The Room in Shibuya, Tokyo. In 2009/10 Patrick rounded off his sojourn in Japan by producing his first acoustic jazz album for Masa Sextet.
Moving back to London in 2010 Patrick has been mainly focussed on his production projects but when Gordon Mac invited him to join Mi-Soul Patrick relished the opportunity to return to the mainstay of his musical universe, The Cosmic Jam.