The title of his 2003 debut album says it all: Music For The Mature B-Boy. That’s DJ Format for you, boiled down to the essence. He’s the grown up producer/beatmaker who, admittedly, spends far too long digging for bafflingly scarce records to play, sample, and make you dance.
His five artist albums, featuring rap heavyweights like Edan,Mr Lif, Phill Most Chill, Jurassic 5, and of course long-time collaborator, Abdominal, have been called some of the highpoints in UK hip hop. And his skill in compiling albums and crafting mixtapes has seen him enlisted by the good people at FabricLive, Fania, and BBE, for block party business, Latin funk bombs, and heavy psych sessions, respectively.
More recently a string of cut ‘n’ paste 45s have kept his name in DJs’ boxes. These megamix tributes to the likes of James Brown, Kool & The Gang, and The Meters, are as funky as they were labour-intensive to put together.
His DJ sets are like long form versions of these productions – Easy on the scratches, meticulous on the execution, and built on the deep crates he’s spent years building.
Catch him behind the decks at a spot near you. His high-octane sets of soul, funk, Latin, and feel-good hip hop, have rocked spots the world over. And he’s never happier than when he gets the chance to share his mature b-boy music with people just like you.
Chrome has been rhyming, cutting, breaking and generally living and breathing HipHop since the late 80’s, so it’s no wonder that his performance is a guaranteed full on HipHop immersion on your senses. Whilst always experimenting with new styles, Chrome has a whole lot of substance to back him up. In previous incarnations, Chrome has supported the biggest names in HipHop (Public Enemy, De La Soul, KRS-one to name a few); toured Europe and played at the Glastonbury festival, whilst charting in the BBC Radio 1Xtra top 10 and regularly airing on MTV.
Chrome’s latest collaboration sees him teaming up with a full live band, creating a musical masterpiece of fast lyrical trickery with plenty of funk, a heavy bass and machine tight drums, as well as scratch DJ Super JB’s incredible cuts. The feel-good vibe of the live show is unbeatable with off the scale energy levels rocking the crowd from the very first beat.
The vinyl release of the latest track ‘Dopamine Hit’ sold out in just 2 days and has just smashed its way to DJ Mag’s April edition single of the month. It has been getting airplay far and wide including BBC 6 Music where it was Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net tune of the week!