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Lyrics on Genius

11.17.18

The Dark Place is now available on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and SoundCloud. Listen to Falling Down as see on Genius.

10.12.18

Xtasy's debut single "SAD" is now available for streaming on SoundCloud. Subscribe to us on YouTube for the official video release.

08.18.18

Shot in beautiful South Beach, Florida and Big Island, Minnesota, the official video release for Caribbean is now available on YouTube. Listen to Caribbean on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and SoundCloud.

08.11.18

Nights in Miami is out now exclusively on SoundCloud. Follow us on social media for updates on our latest events and releases.

05.30.18

BLACKOUT is now available on all major platforms. Get it now on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and SoundCloud. Stay tuned for the official video release of "My Dawgs".

03.23.18

BALENCIAGA is out now exclusively on SoundCloud. See the official video release on YouTube starring Axel, Juan, Ilya, and Xtasy.

12.01.17

We would like to extend a special thanks to Midway Access for helping making Axel's performance debut of Empire a success. Listen to Empire on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and SoundCloud.

About

We are a music collective based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota featuring artists AXEL, JUAN, and XTASY. Follow us now for our sounds, videos, photography, and more. Don't sleep on theMARAJ, and join the movement while we're on the come up.

theMARAJ was formed in early 2015 by ILYA, JOSH, and JUAN, joined later by AXEL to form the collective it is today. The group has since grown to a roster of six artists, photographers, and videographers located throughout the Twin Cities.

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Juan
Juan, Founder, Artist
Juan is the founder, leader, and visionary of theMARAJ. He is an avid singer and songwriter, and brings his expertise to the group as both recording artist and producer. Read More...
Ilya
Ilya, Co-Founder
Ilya initially took on the role of managing the networking and business side of the team, though throughout the years, he has begun to hone his own artistic craft. Read More...
Josh
Josh, Co-Founder, Producer
Josh was born and raised in Indio, California. With a family lineage from Mexico, he draws his inspiration from the Latino community in Southern California. Read More...
Axel
Axel, Artist
Axel is the principal audio engineer, and got his start in the industry recording a handful of old acquaintances. He says, "This game is selfish, only you can have your own back." Read More...
Xstasy
Xtasy, Artist
Xtasy grew up listening to pop and Latino music around the house, though as he got older, he expanded his musical interests and took a liking to rock bands, and later, R&B. Read More...
Wavy
Wavy, Photographer
Wavy's love for photography stems from its unique narrative ability. He draws his inspiration from ASAP ROCKY, Virgil Abloh, Travis Scott, and Kanye West. Read More...
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Juan

Founder / Recording Artist / Producer

Juan is the founder, leader, and visionary of theMARAJ. He began his musical education studying classical music and is an accomplished violist and pianist. Juan has been studying music for 10 years and has spent the latter half recording and producing. He is an avid singer and songwriter and brings his expertise to the group as both a recording artist and producer. Juan cites Tame Impala, Travis Scott, and Kanye West, as the artists who first inspired him to explore his artistry. He aims to build a movement off of theMARAJ's appeal, music, and energy, while tirelessly driving the brand forward.

Axel

Audio Engineer / Recording Artist / Producer

Axel grew up surrounded by music of all genres. His grandfather was a professional pianist whom he references as one of his major musical influences. One of Axel's greatest strengths is his versatility. He displays mastery across genres, such as in his debut album, Empire, and more recently, BLACKOUT. He comes from a loving upbringing with family and friends, and channels all his energy into his music. R&B is Axel's preferred genre due to his ingenuity for creating melodies. He is entirely self-taught and got his start in the music industry recording himself and a handful of old acquaintances. Axel has had his influence felt across many local artist’s music. In his early years, he observed how easily others would use him for his talents; he says, "This game is selfish, only you can have your own back."

Ilya

Co-Founder / General Manager

Ilya initially took on the role of managing the networking and business side of the group as a co-founder of theMARAJ. He has stepped in as a photographer and videographer throughout the years and is currently at the head of many of the group's external relations. He can often be found in the studio working with the group or in the city on promotional business.

Josh

Co-Founder / Producer

Josh was born and raised in Indio, California. He draws inspiration from the Latino community of Southern California with a Mexican family lineage. Josh has made music a staple of his life since grade school, joining the school band and learning the alto saxophone. He devoted endless hours of his early years studying and practicing music. Josh went through the unexpected and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota with his family at the start of high school. In Minnesota, Josh met Juan, Ilya, and Axel, who all motivated him to study music production and become a producer for theMARAJ. He brings an impressive array of beat-making skills to the team and continues to work on his production while expanding his musical range.

Xtasy

Recording Arist

Xtasy comes from a multi-racial family. He was introduced to a variety of music at a young age. He grew up listening to traditional Caribbean rhythms around the house. He expanded his musical interests and took a liking to rock bands such as Three Days Grace, Skillet, and Linkin Park as he got older. He later developed a love for singing in high school which led him to explore R&B. He grew very fond of The Weeknd and Roy Woods as a result. When asked about his personal style, Xtasy states, "I just started to look for ways to express myself; everything I wear reflects a small part of my personality."

Wavy

Photographer

Wavy began photography in his early childhood and received his first camera at age thirteen. His love for the craft stems from its ability to uniquely capture moments in life. He focuses on the meanings and messages behind each picture. Wavy draws his artistic inspiration from ASAP ROCKY, Virgil Abloh, Travis Scott, and Kanye West. He describes his personal style as a mixture of Travis Scott and Kanye West in terms of fashion, music, and expression. He aims to continue to develop his photographic style with his own ForgiveMeWavy sauce.