DJ Format's debut album “Music For The Mature B-Boy” was one of the slowburn success stories of 2003. An album of soulful, funk-fuelled hip hop packed with infectious beats and lyrical dexterity, it delivered the promise of his early releases for Mo' Wax and Bomb Hip Hop. Received with quiet acclaim in the press it quickly became a word of mouth triumph, going on to establish itself as one of the most successful debut artist albums from the UK alternative/urban scene. The campaign was successful for a number of reasons not least it’s supporting batch of three incredible music video’s all directed by the then unknown Ruben Fleischer. The most famous of these will undoubtedly be the rap and breakdancing costumed animals of ‘We Know Something You Don’t Know’ featuring the vocals of Chali 2na and Akil of Jurassic 5 - played out by a shark and tiger respectively on the big screen it is an unforgettable piece of feel good hip hop. “Music For The...” also led to Format supporting (alongside regular collaborator MC Abdominal) Jurassic 5 on their European tour, and through subsequent touring in 2003 establishing Format as one of the hottest live hip hop tickets in town culminating in triumphant appearances at the Reading & Leeds festivals of 2004 and worldwide touring taking in the whole of Europe, North America and Australia.
2005's follow up album “If You Can't Join ‘Em… Beat ‘Em" saw Format step up a gear, tightening the loops still further for a tougher, leaner sound. A heavy schedule of acclaimed shows followed the release throughout 2005/06.
As A&R men fall over themselves to find the next multi-million selling act, it's easy to dismiss an artist whose records exist outside current trends. Format's records are a celebration of the music he loves and that passion is shared with a growing audience. This is music with the feel of hip-hop's golden era, raw drums & tight loops lurk in every groove. So whilst most producers turn out a product according to the latest whims of fashion and trend, Format creates (with a little help from his friends) personal documents that resonate with the like-minded listener.
In 2006 Format was asked to contribute to the successful Fabric DJ mix series.
Format's "fabriclive 27" was one of the most well received of the series.
His DJ sets are renowned for their boundary-crossing selection of the funk, soul, rock & hip-hop and his fabric mix showed of a condensed version of the party set that he's built a solid reputation on. This was followed up by his own underground mix of obscure Eastern European beats, the now highly collectable 'European Vacation' CD.
A recent flurry of activity has seen Format deliver another mix album, this time for the legendary Fania label, applying his signature b-boy style to the world's foremost catalogue of latin music.
Alongside this, Format's discreetly released 12" tribute to James Brown 'Stealin' James', has been a huge success both with DJ's and dancefloors alike.
Format is currently hard at work on his third album.