In the summer of 2009, fresh from his first year in college. Marcus Chen, along with some of his long time collaborators and friends such as Lionel Williams (Vinyl Williams) and Craig Murray (YYBS), set out to create "Scholars". A five song instrumental album. Chen and the Hoax was formed on the idea of taking simple sounds and progressions to make the expansive sound fields that are featured in songs like Whales and Epicenter. Based on the original foundation of collaboration, Chen and the Hoax went into the studio on a short trip back home to Salt Lake City, UT and took form as a duo.