The band was formed on the south side of Chicago in 1986 as a family group known as “the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble”, consisting of eight horn-playing blood brothers led by their father and teacher Kelan Phil Cohran( co founder of AACM, Sun Ra’s lead trumpeter, mentor to “the Pharoahs” later called Earth Wind and Fire). After years of honing their technique on stage the older brothers undertook music scholarships from universities abroad, whilst the younger ones took to the streets of Chicago earning money by playing their own music.
In 1999 the brothers combined their efforts and began performing a new style of brass music they called “Hypnotic”. After recording their first album “the Flipside” they won the 2001 CPS Young Author’s Award for the title track on the album “Satin Sheets”. This success propelled them on to perform for “WNUA Jazzin at the Lake”, “State street Live”, and “Metamorphosis of Jazz” all on behalf of Chicago department of Tourism and Special Events. In 2005 Hypnotic released their sophomore album “Jupiter” reeling off the success of the freshman LP’s 325,000 units sold independently (Merc Records). In the past few years, they have traveled all over the world playing for audiences of all genres; opening up for the B52’s at Chicago HOB, Talib Kweli at Harold Washington Cultural Center, headlining along with Mos Def at Lincoln centre in NY, and backing up Maceo Parker at Apollo Theater in Harlem. This talented family of performers wrote every song on their sophomore release while at the same time recording collaborations with artists such as GhostFace Killah and Tony Allen.