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LA Natives You Ought to Know: Music Video Director Mazik Saevitz

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All eyes will soon be on Santa Monica born, Encino raised music video director Mazik Saevitz.

Today Mazik meets me on a relaxed chocolate colored leather couch at Caffe Primo on Sunset Plaza.  His ensemble is crafted, and his polite demeanor exudes sophistication and confidence.  He is the creative guy's Rain Man with voluminous cerebral folds.  With an overwhelming humbleness and professor-like rhetoric, Mazik speaks on his feats and pursuits in music, film and fashion.

Before Mazik became the fashion entrepreneur and music video visionary he is today, he and his hip hop duo Blood of Abraham (comprised of Mazik and best friend Ben Mor) toured the hip hop circuit with Public Enemy, Black Eyed Peas (pre-Fergie) and mentor Eazy-E.  That was nearly 20 years ago.

Today, Mazik visualizes and executes concepts for other musicians' creative babies, directing videos for musical powerhouses Will.I.Am, Cee-Lo and Matisyahu among others.

E: So let's talk about Blood of Abraham. I read somewhere that back in those days you were living with Eazy-E. How did that come about?

M: I met Eazy through this guy Epic who was in the band Crazy Town. He's a producer that's done a bunch of stuff. Prince, Bell Biv Devoe and so on. We met Epic when Ben and I worked at this store in the mall called Cignal. Epic came into the store and we rapped for him. Right there in the middle of the store. Anyways, long story short, he introduced us to Eazy. During that time a bunch of labels were looking at us. Chrysalis. EMI. Warner Bros. Ruthless. One night Eazy was hosting a gang truce night at Gazzarri's. Wow, this was about 20 years ago. Above The Law performed. Will.I.Am's band, the Atban Klann performed. And Eazy wanted us to perform. Ice Cube loved it and so he wanted us to meet Jerry Heller. We ended up signing to Ruthless Records which was in Woodland Hills. At that time, I was living with Epic who decided he was going to move from the valley to the city so I needed a place to live. Heller handed me the keys to Eazy's Calabasas mansion where I lived for a year and a half. Dr. Dre lived down the street. It was crazy.

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