Featured this week on The People of PlumpJack is Jared Forkner, Entertainment Director at MATRIXFILLMORE. Jared has been with the PlumpJack family for more than 10 years and got his start in 2005 waiting tables at Balboa Cafe San Francisco. Just a year later he began DJing at MATRIXFILLMORE and now manages the club’s entertainment. Extremely passionate about Electronic Dance Music, Jared helped create the blog Dancing Astronaut, which is considered to be one of the biggest ‘EDM’ blogs in the world.
Originally from Malibu and Santa Barbara, he attended boarding school in Indiana at Culver Academies. Little did he know Jared had a PlumpJack connection early on in life. During his sophomore year he roomed with, now former Chef at Balboa Mill Valley, Dave Wasem – small world, right?
When he’s not working you can find Jared in his hometown of Fairfax, mountain biking, ghost producing music for Bay Area DJ’s and working on special projects with Dolby Labs.
“I love working for a company that takes care of it’s employees. I’ve had the opportunity to grow and learn and it’s really meant a lot to me.”
1. What would your last meal be?
My families lamb recipe for sure!
2. What is the best advice you have ever received?
First you give them what they want, then you can give them what you want.” – The Big Night. This quote has remained relevant for me in all avenues of my career.
3. What is the last thing you googled?
Resetting PRAM Macpro 3,1
4. What is your personal mantra?
Follow your heart and be good to others.
5. If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
Tough question! Maybe I’d go back and tell my parents and ‘childhood me’ to FORCE me to play piano. Aside from that personal history I’d really like to go back and watch Nikola Tesla work. His mind was so far ahead of his time.
6. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
Maybe the days leading up to the end of the dinosaurs. I would love to see how the world looked and the shape of the continents back then.
7. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to be able to really play piano. I understand it decently but would love to play well.
8. What was the last gift you gave someone?
I gave my wife some earbuds last week.
9. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
Paul Rudd. A buddy says I look like him.
10. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
I would work on music, have dinner with my family and then walk up the hill behind my house and
watch the sun set at a place that I want to have my ashes spread.
“Jared is a wonderful asset to the MatrixFillmore team, as his entertainment and music knowledge have helped excel our Events Department and service our clientele with all relative and pertinent information. He is always offering to assist in any way possible and is dedicated to the success and growth of our company.”
– Ashley Guillory, Director of Events at The PlumpJack Group