Thanks for taking the time once again to surf through the sentences below. I’ve been following this man called Format for a while, and felt like he deserved a FatKidOnFire interview. Coincidentally, he had already contacted the FKOF boss a couple days earlier about a possible free download feature… So I was like why not do a complete interview with a review attached?
This dude’s got some serious skills, make sure to keep an eye on him. He’s got some promising material upcoming in the near future!
Hope you all enjoy this interview, the next one will be online next week!
Format, tell me something about yourself and your past?
Hi! My name is Jack a.k.a. Format a.k.a. Farmhat and I’ve been producing all kinds of music for about a and half. My musical adventure began with playing piano/keys, which lead to me learning a bunch of other instruments. From that, I started to develop an interest in music engineering through trying to record my own tracks (unsuccessfully)! I decided to study music technology at college, started producing electronic music there and here I am!
When did you start producing and who or what has influenced you?
I started producing ‘seriously’ in February last year. Pretty much everything I’ve ever listened to and enjoyed has influenced me in some way or another. I try to take something from a lot of genres and incorporate it into my music.
What’s been your biggest gig, and which DJ/ producer would you want to play out with in the future?
I wouldn’t say I’ve had any “big” gigs because I’m universally hated and nobody wants to book me. Haha, just messing (I hope)! But my favourite gig was down in Bristol at Basement 45 a few months back. The room was almost empty but it was my debut as ‘Format’ and I was really pleased with how I played!
In the future, I’d like to DJ with Paris Hilton and Pauly D for sure.
How do your tracks come about?
I usually start up to 3 tracks a day and just keep adding ideas to them whenever I feel creative. 99% of them never even get remotely finished though. If I’m particularly feeling a track I’m making, I can usually finish it in a day. That’s not to say it would be any good though, haha!
What are your musical expectations and goals for the future?
My main goal for the future is to survive the Creative Music Technology course I’m starting in university in September and pass with relatively decent grades! Other than that, I would like to perhaps play a gig to more than ten people and maybe release a couple of tracks here and there. I’d also like to try a few more burgers on the Burger King menu. I always go for the bacon double cheeseburger and I think it’s about time I became more adventurous.
In terms of my expectations, I always try to aim for the level of production quality exhibited by some of the bigger names in the scene like J:Kenzo, Icicle, Biome etc. While in some ways it’s good to aim high and push yourself to create the best possible track you can, it can be disheartening when you finish a track you’re really happy with and compare it with another tune that is better in so many ways. However, I always expect my tracks to be better than the last one I made, which is probably why I can be so unproductive!
What direction do you think your music will take in the future?
Absolutely no idea. I’ll have to ask Nostradamus and get back to you on that one. But I’d like to carry on with the ‘Format’ sound while perhaps integrating organic instruments and vocals. I really want to start scoring movies/ games too!
Who would you like to thank for their support?
Firstly, all of the FKOF gang for posting this interview up! And all the homies: Genetix, Beezy, Konvex, Cauze, Deafblind, Scalade, Arkwright, DunesDubstep, Sparxy and I’ve probably forgotten a load of people but you know who you are. I’d also like to thank my Mum for putting up with me because I’m a pain in the arse.
Tell me the story behind the track you are sharing as a FKOF free download?
Korus is a friend of mine and I really liked the original track when he first sent it me so I decided to remix it! That’s all there is too it, I guess. Make sure you check out the original track too because it’s much better than my version.
I’ve been rinsing Format’s FKOF free download since I got it, it’s a Chestplate-esque little remix that’s guaranteed to get Jack noticed. I’ll be looking out for his new tunes with interest. Follow him on SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter if you want to too…
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Korrupt’s review of Format’s ‘Furian’ remix:
“Love the deep pads infused with that heavy growl coming in – promising something for the drop! Really in love with them because of the emotion coming off, the dynamics combined with those low pads sound nice – composition is flawless and nothing to add to it. That sample used is sick and delivers a frightening message – straight fire.
“The drop is heavy, the low-end is warm and full of pressure which should not be mistaken, really feeling it. Clear elements involved and all over the place, especially the snare, what a snapper – sounds really nice in the mix. The hi-hats are clean and crisp – drum patterns are nicely minimal – that kick is spot on. Really feeling the development of the growls, which are steady and under control.
“The track rolls on and comes towards the break, which sounds similar to the first one. The second drop is great, nice progression in the growls and those stabs are nice, as if you’re riding on the snares of a guitar for some reason. Nice way of ending the track… Fading out the dark sample with a delay, flawless.
“Really impressed with Format’s work lately. Looking forward to more material coming in soon in the near future!”
Peace, love and respect.