Second Format was conceived when the friendship and love of dance music of three dynamic artists converged. Justin Marchacos, Iman Rizky, and Gavin Stephenson joined forces in the summer of 2014 to begin producing electronic music together. Justin touted expertise in music composition for award-winning film, luxury advertising, and high-end fashion, while both Iman and Gavin brought extensive experience from decades of DJing and party promotion and production dating back to the legendary days of the Tunnel, Limelight, and Twilo in New York City. Their collective musical influences span from the Beatles to '70s soul to Depeche Mode and the foundations of dance music in the '90s to artists across various genres who all evoke emotion and tell a story through their music.
Together, the trio has been producing tracks with driving bass lines and catchy, danceable hooks. Their compositions are multi-dimensional, layered with elements that take the listener on an intense musical journey in which movement never ceases. Voices, soundscapes, and percussion energetically weave in and out of every Second Format track, creating intelligent music for not only the body but the mind and the soul as well. Justin's unforgettable debut live performance on New Year's Eve at The Cityfox Experience: Studio AV 2015 in New York City showcased a number of these tracks spawning from Second Format collaboration. Justin and Second Format's Giants EP was released on the Cityfox label earlier this year and charted in the Top 10 on Beatport within its first week.