The Mouse Outfit was founded in 2008 by Paul Hooley (Chini) + James Defty after they met at an audition in Manchester. They formed a band and began producing music with a number of local musicians + vocalists. Defty started a jam night, in order to meet local talent, called ‘In the Loop’ (where rappers would freestyle to live breaks from The Mouse Outfit band) Here, they began crafting a live show with hip hop and funk breaks combined with original grooves.
Their debut 19 track album ‘Escape Music’ was released in May 2013 featuring Black Josh, Dr Syntax, Dubbul O, Fox, Kosyne, Lyricalligraphy, Sparkz, DJ Sammy B-Side and Truthos Mufasa. It won the Wordplay magazine ‘Album of the Year’ award.
Their second album ‘Step Steadier’ was released in 2015 featuring Dr Syntax, Cutterz, Dubbul O, Ellis Meade, Jman, Fox, Verb T, Sparkz, Tman and Truthos Mufasa. It was included in the ABC News ‘Top 50 albums of 2015’