Jason Forrest is an electronic musician working in a variety of forms. His sample-based music has been a pioneering force in the experimental music community, and he has been credited as being a pioneer in the emergence of the Breakcore genre.
Currently he has 3 active musical projects. As "Jason Forrest" he continues his sample-pop music and is in the final process of completing his 5th full-length album to be called "Friday Night's Alright." It's a light-hearted party-album continuing in the vein of his critically acclaimed album "Shamelessly Exciting". More news on this as plans are confirmed.
With "The Jason Forrest Band" he joins Ethan Shaffner and Elisabeth King to form a post-funk/hiphop-prog rock power trio. They have been touring a lot, and are now working on new material for their debut recording.
After ripping up a bunch of parties and mini-Dj sets @ Wasted (more on this below) Forrest brought back the time-tested "DJ Donna Summer" moniker. With this hat on, he focuses on party music of all types. He's already created a stir being blogged on Trash Menagerie, Le Decadanse, Slutty Fringe and Mad Decent. And in Feb 2008, he'll release "Panther Tracks", his first record in 2 years and first as Donna Summer in 5 years.
Jason Forrest currently resides in Berlin with his wife Jen Ray. He has released records in the US, UK, EU, and Japan. He has been featured in many periodicals* all over the world. Somehow he has played on 4 continents and many, many shows around the world garnering him a large international audience along the way. His live shows involve much bad dancing, possibly some blood, and a few shattered laptops.
The fantastic War Photographer video by Joel Thrussell was named video of the year by Res magazine 2006, and top 5 by Pitchfork media. We think (conservatively) it's been downloaded about 500,000 times! The "Steppin Off" video directed by the legend Jon Watts was also named video of the year by Res magazine, 2005.
the Cock Rock Disco label in the summer of 2001 and also is host of the
D&D radio program on WFMUfm,
in NYC. In 2005 he co-founded the Wasted
festival with Pure and in conjunction with Club Transmediale.
To date they have thrown 5 editions in 2 countries with more parties to
come. The focus for the festival focuses on breakcore and all the other
forms of music that shares the same energy and reckless enthusiasm.
*such as Entertainment Weekly, Blender, German Rolling Stone, Muzik Express, Spin, XLR8R, Urb, De:Bug, Crash, Muzik, Trax, The Village Voice, Res, Go Mag, Style and The Family Tunes, The Wire, Grooves, Gonzo Circus, Grooves, and Vice.
For more info on his albums:
http://minustv.free.fr/# Great 8 minute section from a live show in France!
just right click to download that file if it doesn't automatically download for you...
Fauvist-Respoke from the Lady Fantasy 12"-only Ep
Nightclothes and Headphones -from Shamelessly Exciting, featuring Laura Cantrell
Respect The Cock- from White Cock 2, CRD 12"white label
Sperry and Foil- internet version, from Lady Fantasy EP
Spectacle To Refute All Judgments - from "Post Disco Crash"
Dragonattack unreleased, from 2002
Bleak Prometheus unreleased, from 2002