Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Matt secured a staff position at Westlake Studios, where he met and worked with producers Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Harold Faltermeyer and George Duke. Later he teamed up with producer Quincy Jones, songwriter/arranger Rod Temperton and engineer Bruce Swedien working on albums by Lena Horne, Donna Summer, James Ingram and Michael Jackson’s THRILLER. Matt also worked on THE E.T. STORYBOOK ALBUM with Quincy and Steven Spielberg, and THE THRILLER VIDEO with John Landis.
Matt recorded and mixed Michael Jackson’s music for the CAPTAIN EO attraction for Disney, produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He continued his association with Michael on the albums BAD, DANGEROUS, HISTORY and BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR. He has collaborated with Sony Music on the Special Edition re-releases, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION boxed set and BAD 25, the 25th anniversary special edition release. Matt is also featured in the Spike Lee film BAD 25, which documents the making of the BAD album, the accompanying music videos and the BAD world tour.
His production contributions reach across the globe for artists like Japanese pop superstar Yumi (Yuming) Matsutoya. In 1984 he was first asked to bring a new sound and production techniques to her recordings. He worked on 15 albums as recording engineer, mixer and co-producer, 14 of which entered the Billboard chart at #1.
Matt Forger’s current involvement with up and coming talent and independent artists has helped bring production expertise to a number of singer/songwriters and alternative bands, including songwriters Larry John McNally, Barry Keenan, Invisible Poet Kings and Greenland artist Simon Lynge.