Ruling dancefloors for about ten years now under their conjunctional moniker Format: B and amazing crowds with their trademark MotorFunk-style Franziskus Sell & Jakob Hildenbrand have come a long way musicwise, even before they started to awe punters and DJs alike with their very first releases.
Their paths finally crossed at Berlin’s school of audio engineering (SAE), where both of them studied to become sound engineers. Soon their shared love of all things electronic music related was unveiled and after some shared studio time things started to fall into place for them, resulting in a project now known as Format: B which has become one of Germany’s most successful electronic acts of the past years providing a steady progression of their signature MotorFunk sound.
From their early works on Highgrade Recordings, Stil Vor Talent or Opossum Recordings via remix works for acclaimed artists like SĂ©bastien LĂ©ger, Paul Kalkbrenner, Oliver Koletzki, DJ Madskillz to their album debut â€žSteam Circuitâ€ś the Format: B trademark was all over the place and the pair of producers soon found themselves touring the globe, playing Australia, Asia, the US and South America and â€“ of course â€“ Europe where the Berlin-based Watergate Club turned out to be a firm homebase for Format: B throughout the years.
Inspired by their skyrocketing success 2009 saw the next logical step in the history of Format: B when the duo teamed up with label manager Hawks Grunert to install their own imprint Formatik Records which has been the exclusive home to all Format: B releases ever since, for their critically acclaimed, forward-thinking sophomore album â€žRestlessâ€ś followed by a triplet of remix singles as well as a string of successful EP’s.
Taking on the challenge of running a label has not only greatly helped to shape and define the Format: B identity and brand on a global scale but also enabled them to prove A&R abilities beyond production skills with a series of signings from their ever expanding network.
An impressive artist roster combined with a strong visual identity and Format: B’s impellent MotorFunk-sound has turned Formatik Records into one of the scenes leading electronic imprints of this time, spearheaded by one of the most successful electronic duos of today that has still a lot more in store for its global fanbase in the future.