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“Craig had approached Julian and I with the idea of forming an acoustic hip-hop group. We only knew each other from playing in the school jazz band together, but neither of us had previously been acquainted before that. Later that day, we had our first practice at Julian’s house. I have to say, I was quite impressed with what happened on the first day… we wrote an entire song in just a few hours! We gave the song a temporary name, but to this day, the name has yet to change! Haha! Our first “gig” was at an elementary school for a cultural event. My mother was a teacher at the school and had asked if my band would be interested in playing a few songs for that night. Eager to perform some of our original music in front of a crowd, we accepted with no hesitation. As we began to prepare for that evening, we realized that something was missing from our music. Julian proposed that we recruit a saxophone player from the jazz band who could play with us and make things a bit more entertaining for the crowd. Marcus Ybarra was a close friend of Julian’s and an amazing saxophone player as well. We became acquainted and got to work immediately. Needless to say, things went well, but we still weren’t too serious about the band. Marcus became a regular member and we were playing at America’s Best Coffee every Saturday night for quite a while. The people there were awesome and we made a lot of great friends. Another one of the saxophone players from our jazz class, Marquise Jones, had heard about our band and was interested in playing with us. We had him sit in a couple times with us at the coffee shop and eventually invited him to practice and made him a regular member of the band. Soon after the year was over, we had all drifted apart and seldom remained in contact. It wasn’t until one magical night that each of us were visited by three ghosts and were convinced that we needed to reunite and create more music together and blah blah blah blah blah… Oh yeah, and somewhere along the line we had the genius idea of naming the band Mix Magyk. We have since been referring to ourselves as MxM, which would be short for Mix Magyk. We don’t do drugs.” - Matt