Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Forge is a DJ who lives music. He's played for indie station RadioActive.fm for 14 years, fronted electro rock band Dekline, produced numerous events as well as lighting international & local touring bands. At the wee young age of 14, Shane ‘Forge’ Hickmore decided to chuck in playing the Trombone and started playing with turntables. This started in a roller skating rink, with little Shane mostly mucking around with vinyl & CASSETTES of 80's an 90's rock! He then decided to figure out exactly what it meant to be a DJ and decided to hit up the classic Auckland rave scene to suss it all out.
DJ Forge was born. Forge discovered Drum n Bass back in ’97 and hasn't looked back, DJing across Wellington since 2000. Having an open ear has meant that Forge has absorbed music of all genres which logically lead to a love of Mashups. If you ask him what he plays now the reply is always "Everything!"
So long as it has a good beat & a great hook it's possible he'll play it. From Hip Hop to DnB & everything in-between means that Forge can easily shift from down-tempo to raging dance-floor without having to be obvious about it. His recorded mixes are always a journey & while not necessarily meant for a dance-floor they will always make your head nod. Forge always plays with a cheeky grin & loves creating sets for specific events and tailoring the music to suit the time, setting & vibe.
Some notable appearances include:
Early 2000 resident DJ at Indigo, Cuba Street Carnival 2002, played at Bodega & Bojangles supporting bands and hosting own events. Forge has also co-produced many events under the alias ‘Dark Habit’ from 2001-2006. In 2001-2002 Forge was co-host to Liam Luff on Radio Active’s breakfast show as well as covering for Redbird Jnr in recent times.
Until recently Shane ‘Forge’ Hickmore a.k.a. DJ Forge developed and run a high profile show on RadioActive.fm, The Garden Shed playing the freshest NZ electronic based music focusing on the up & coming! He was also a main contributor on NZ's only strictly mashup radio show Messed Up along with Felix Five, Tone-E & Dan Untitiled. Along with Felix Five he was co-founder of WTFFF! NZ’s longest running 100% strictly mash-ups party which lead to Bootie NZ starting (part of the world wide Bootie mashup nights). Playing live Forge has DJ'd the pants off crowds of 3000+ at events like the Richter City Roller Derby, The Forest , The Capital Fetish Ball & various raves. Just before leaving New Zealand he was the Saturday resident at The Residence in Wellington's party quarter & hosted The Fast Long Lunch on Fast Radio.
Forge has just re-located to Dundee, Scotland & is looking for sets.
Contact him via his Facebook page or iwanta-dj.com
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