In 1986 Kirk moved to Richmond, West London to study History. However a strange coincidence landed him a much sought-after job at Reckless Records in Soho after Kirk recognised the manager from one of his Sweat events. Patrick Forge was indeed from Ipswich and had also moved to London to study but found himself managing Reckless and he was also a DJ on London pirate Kiss FM.
In the mid-80’s Reckless Records was a meeting point for the rare groove scene in London. The store would send staff to the US to bring back crates of rare soul & jazz which London DJ’s couldn’t get enough of. It was a vibrant meeting place for DJ’s such as Norman Jay, Roy the Roach, Ashley Beadle, Judge Jules, Joe Davis, Frankie Foncett, etc and provided Kirk with invaluable further musical education.
Richmond was the location of The Belvedere Arms which every Sunday night would attract a cult following listening to the latest latin, rare groove and jazz played by DJ’s Gilles Peterson, Kevin Beadle and Joe Davis. Kirk became a regular from 87-88 when it was basically an after-party for the Sunday afternoon sessions at Dingwalls. For a time it also attracted a small ‘balearic’ crowd who first invited Kirk down to The Shoom Club. This was the full-on house music experience that saw Kirk become a regular and at The Trip, Spectrum and numerous outdoor raves and warehouse parties between 1988 and 1990. From 1990 East London’s Dungeon’s venue become Kirk’s venue of choice listening to DJ’s such as Randall, Ellis D, Matthew B, Seduction, Mr C and others.
Back in Ipswich for the summer of 1989 Kirk gave one of his ‘pause button’ mixes to a local Colchester DJ who got him a warm-up slot at The Braintree Barn – Kirk’s first important DJ gig outside his home town.