Who are you and where are you from?
DJF: DJ Format from Brighton, England.
ABS: Abdominal from Toronto, Canada.
Who are your favourite artists from home?
DJF: Err…Craig David? I’m originally from Southampton so I still think of that as home…and there aren’t too many musicians/artists of note from my town so I always feel I have to jokingly mention Craig David.
ABS: All kinds of great artists from Toronto. Far as rappers, I’d probably have to go with Saukrates, who should really be a worldwide superstar by now. Far as non-rap stuff (but sticking with the theme of potential worldwide superstars), I’ll have to go with my ol’ pal Maylee Todd.
What’s it really like touring?
DJF: Lots of highs (while you’re onstage), lots of travelling, lots of waiting around & killing time, lots of fast food. Generally a lot of fun but also a lot more extreme boredom that most people would imagine.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
DJF: Every gig is different and having a great gig in one particular city doesn’t guarantee it’ll be great the next time you play there. London, Manchester & Bristol have always been particularly good for us but sometimes the best gigs are small/intimate ones in smaller towns.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
ABS: Don’t know about full line-up, but UK singer Omar was scheduled to play a festival we did last summer. I’m a big fan, so was disappointed when he ended up cancelling last minute…think it’d be fun to see him in a sunny afternoon, festival setting.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
ABS: Putting out our album Still Hungry, without a doubt (lot of work went into it, from both of us)!
What has been the worst moment of the year?
DJF: Breaking my arm and dislocating my shoulder at the same time at the beginning of July.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
ABS: ’Of course you should ride that insanely high roller coaster! ‘
What do you do to relax?
DJF: I mostly listen to music so that caters for all my needs!
ABS: Go fishing!
What are you reading?
ABS: Just finishing Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
ABS: Narcos was the last series I watched.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
ABS: Well, favourite YouTube channel is Uncut Angling.
What website do you visit most?
ABS: I check the currency converter every day (is the £ ever going to start picking back up?)!
What is your favourite:
DJF: There’s too many to pick just one but I’m currently listening to The Sunshine Makers Original Soundtrack by The Heliocentrics while I’m typing up these answers and that’s sounding amazing right now!
DJF: I’m currently loving ‘Stick In The Mud’ by Ex-P.
ABS: Been replaying ‘Moonshine Freeze’ by This Is the Kit a lot lately.
Lost classic song?
DJF: ‘Death Sentence’ by Big Daddy Kane (1991). I only recently rediscovered it and forgot how damn good it is!
ABS: All of Kwest Tha Madd Lad’s 1996 album, This Is My First Album…whole thing was mad slept on!
DJF: Some of the ’80s Hip Hop labels I grew up listening to…Def Jam, Cold Chillin’, Tuff City, etc.
Who is your favourite current artist?
ABS: Been listening to a lot of the aforementioned This Is the Kit for the past few weeks (crazy vocal stylings!).
A new artist that you are most excited about?
DJF: Your Old Droog
What was the last great gig you have seen?
DJF: Badbadnotgood playing at Love Supreme festival. I was about to see one of my music heroes, Herbie Hancock, play straight after them but I broke my arm and had to go to hospital instead.
DJF: Ultramagnetic MCs at The Concorde II in Brighton a couple of years ago. That gig pretty much ended my enthusiasm for seeing my old Hip Hop heroes perform WAY past their prime. I’d rather stay home and listen to their amazing records.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
DJF: Energy, skill, fun.
ABS: And Guiness.
DJ Format & Abdominal play the Workman’s, Dublin, on the 3rd of November and tickets can be found here.