Hypnotic Brass Ensemble got their first break on the cobbled streets of London, a long way away from their hometown of Chicago. It was in Ladbroke Grove that record label Honest Jon’s discovered the band’s expressive sound. Now, the 7 brothers have been crowned kings of the brass bands, playing with the likes of Erykah Badu, Prince, Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, Gorrilaz, Chaka Khan, Tony Allen, Femi Kuti and more. Their song War was also featured on the soundtrack of box office hit The Hunger Games.
With their father being Phil Cohran, the trumpeter of Earth, Wind & Fire, the brothers often cite him as a large musical influence and grew up with music as their religion. Upon seeing them perform, the impact music has had on their lives is unmistakable. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are able to deftly switch from jazzy riffs to heavy hip-hop, with more than a dash of sizzling soul in between. They are sophisticated masters of catchy melody lines, and their arrangements are always sharp as hell and crafted to perfection.
After selling out their last show at the Jazz Cafe in record time, and touring with the likes of Mos Def, this upcoming show at Electric Brixton is a step up for the mesmerising lot.
The performance at Electric Brixton gifts the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble with the freedom to run wild with their showmanship, and the audience to catch them at their full potential.
Raw, electrifying, and titans of brass, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will deliver a night of high energy music that’ll get your feet stamping, hips moving, and voices raised. For one night only, you’ll be part of the family.
“Their high-energy, New Orleans-inspired live show is bombastic and funky enough to get even the coldest of cynics up and grooving.” - Timeout
“The name doesn't lie: they are hypnotic, but there's much more to this nine-piece than just a brass ensemble.” - The Guardian