progressive in nature,
incorporating elements of funk
with techno influences.
With her stylistic roots
in the birthplaces of electronica
and a recognition of the spiderweb
of interconnections among musical genres:
punk.electropop.alternative pop rock.
the tweaked out filtering,
and the man-made,
to make crowds scream,
and beg for more.
It's Forta's love of all
and the ability to hear the
artistry and vision behind the music,
and her passion to appreciate
the depths and realms
still yet unexplored...
It's sound that rocks!
Forta's musical influences stem from her diverse taste in music. Electronic music receives the highest rotation in her listening library, but she grew up in the age of electronic music and has very diverse, eclectic musical tastes.
Forta has been showcased along with headliners Uberzone, John B, DJ Rap, Frankie Bones, Christopher Lawrence, Lange, Pulsar, Commander Tom, Yves Deruyter, Graham Gold, Lee Mullin, Chris Liberator, VinylGroover, Suzy Solar, DJ Dayhota, Miss Money Penney, OS/2, Dr. Trance, S4, DRC, Grimace, Drag N Fly, Hatiras, Analog Pussy, Dj Trajic, Rob Solo, Jes One, Freaky Flow and more.
As her dj-ing resume has grown, so has her record collection. Forta's diverse sets can range from funky electro and techno to harder, banging techno. Her ability to read a crowd and her crowd pleasing, unique track selection have earned her headlining slots at events across North America.
Aside from being seen playing large events, Forta can be seen the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month at Prespa, Buffalo's swanky-european styled lounge, and as a rotating resident at Buffalo's Opium Lounge.
where did it all begin?
The obsession started March 25th, 2000...at at Dose: Connected 3.0 in Toronto, Ontario. The first proper "rave" that Erin ever attended... she'd never seen anything like it! Thousands of people, grooving to the same sounds. With the twist of a knob, and the right track from his bag, DJ Paul Oakenfold had the crowd of thousands in the palm of his hand.
Immediately after returning to Buffalo, Erin contacted Phlux Productions and actively became a part of the Western New York electronic music scene. Promoting and working with Phlux gave Erin the chance to learn and understand the workings of party promotions and dj bookings. It became her passion.
March 31st 2001, exactly one year from the date when Erin began her dj-ing dreams, marked the much anticipated debut of DJ FORTA. Erin shared the bill that night with headliner S4 from Ottowa, Canada. Her style of music at the time fell into the category of progressive/techy trance.
Forta immediately made the jump to playing out of town. Her next two bookings were in Rochester, New York at The Bug Jar and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she shared the bill with DJ Frankie Bones at Sinister Assembly.
A New Beginning, the Buffalo New Year's Eve party that rang in the year 2002, was another jumping off point in Forta's career. Her epic and progressive track selection, combined with her on-point mixing, had the hometown crowd going crazy.
July 2002 marked her triumphant return to Rochester when she played at the much-anticipated annual birthday party party for DJ Flex.
That summer marked the two-year point on the timeline of Forta's dj-ing career. Her crowd-rocking performance at the World Electronic Music Festival on August 2nd in Canada in the Tribe Magazine New Talent Tent showed that she was more than ready to be playing at the international level. The WEMF crowd fell in love, and no one could stand still while Forta meticulously mixed her special blend of relentless beats.
In September, Toronto's clubing and nightlife magazine, Tribe Magazine reviewed Forta's Hypnotic Progression CD. They described it as "Fantastic" and commented on her style of tracks with "arpeggiated synth sweeps" and "elastic basslines". Shortly after her review was published she made a headlining appearance in Welland, Ontario alongside several Toronto and Southern Ontario local dj's.
Forta's style and sound has progressed and matured, her sets have grown to incorporate more funk, electro and techno sounds.
In May of 2003 she rocked Raleigh, North Carolina, headlining at a party at The Office alongside North Carolina dj's Phat Rabbit and Elucid. May 2003 also brought Forta to Erie, Pennsylvania where she headlined "Just beCAUSE" a benefit for SafeNet Women's Shelter, at Forward Hall. Her solid set had everyone in the room on their feet, dancing frantically. The promoter Jason Imig (Subsurface Productions) commented at the end of the night that he'd never seen the crowd at that venue that worked up, and dancing that hard... ever! The Erie, Pennsylvania Daily Newspaper, the Erie Times interviewed Forta and published two articles about her that weekend.
The summer of 2003 also had Forta heading back to Rochester for the her second installment of Flex's Birthday Party.
Her first Toronto appearance was in September of 2003 where she headlined, Ondafly's "Reform" at the Comfort Zone. She shared the bill with Toronto favorites, Unabomber and Mike Conradi and several other Toronto locals. Her performance was so impressive that she was invited back to headline the Sourkee "True Love III" annual Valentines party, on February 14th 2004.
electro-techno-funk is born
Late 2004 marked her first Darkrave appearance, and she rang in 2005 with a special electro tag-set with Toronto's infamous DJ Unabomber. Her 2005 calendar has been booked tightly, with several pending Canadian appearances before the end of the year, as well as her residencies.
2005 & beyond*
fast forward momentum
Forta's 2005 bookings calendar speaks for itself, with gigs nearly every weekend, and residencies at OPM lounge and Prespa, Forta's calendar has been booked tight! Her stage presence, energy, mixing and track selection is more on point than it's ever been! If you've had the pleasure of seeing Forta recently you understand Forta's driving passion and love of music, spreading the vibe of electro.techno.funk