For 16 years MIXCITY has explored an original repertoire, strongly inspired and influenced by Afro-American culture. The band, lead by the composer Jean-Patrick Cosset, spent these years surrounded by more than 30 musicians and featured artists depending on the collaboration and the developed themes.
At first as a trio, the composer developed a hybrid project with movies and musical performances, a genuine psychedelic live show from 2002 to 2004. A special creation for the Scopitone festival supported by the Transmusicales in 2004, then Soleil Bleu, Jazz in grenoble. The first release was the album « On Track »
The trio became a quartet in 2005 with a DJ virtuoso, who introduced some electronic sounds and textures, completing the traditional instruments. The album « A Funny Style » was recorded and released, followed by a national tour.
In 2007 a collaboration with the producer Greg Vaillant allowed the band to produce a Live album recorded at La Nef in Angoulème.
One more step towards the artistic blend, the hiphop troop KLP asked MIXCITY to compose the music and perform with them for 2 shows « Cyclone live band » (2009) and « A Story about … being Free » (2010) for the festival d’Avignon. Album « A Story about … being Free »
2012 was the year of the ambitious album Nola’s Mood, a tribute to New-orleans, THE town in the USA that personifies a big part of african-american music. Then Nola’s Mood becomes a MIXCITY set as a small big-band with shining and roaring horns, in an 8 piece band. It’s also the start of a collaboration with a singer for the album and on tour.
In 2014, the band evolves again with the arrival of the singer and guitar player Arthur Pelloquet in whom jp Cosset finds his alter ego, as he shares the artistic direction by sharing the writing of lyrics. This evolution called «Less is more» on the last EP is a quartet ( Arthur Pelloquet guitar/vocals, Jean-Patrick Cosset keys, Sylvain Didou bass, Gilles Delagrange drums) with exploding colorful songs which predict the collaborations to come, all linked together by the beat.