The Machete band was formed when phill fennern came back to santa cruz from living on the big island of Hawaii. He started jamming with former band mate and friend Eric Monroe. Phill had a back log of songs. Santa Cruz Local Ken Stockett was added playing bass and guitar. Fennern who's nick name was Machete in Santa Cruz was now free to jump around on different instruments. the band had vocalist & drummer Aaron Piazza who was all ready working with Fennern in a funk band sit in. This made for a very strong live act. When asked what kind of music the machete Band plays Phill Fennern said "all kine brah it's just life babe"