Hypnotic Brass Ensemble made their triumphant return to Aotearoa last weekend and Base FM's Kid Koko(Hot Chocolate, Tuesday 8-10pm) & The Cut Press caught up with trombonist Saiph "Cid" Graves backstage after the Powerstation show.
This was the 3rd visit from Hypnotic Brass and their first headline show. Previous visits to NZ include Womad 2010, and again later that year with Gorillaz at Vector Arena for the Plastic Beach Tour.
"Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a 8-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of 8 sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. Renowned for their ability to capture an audience with only horns and a drum set, "Hypnotic" has traveled the world doing just that. Their musical style is a combination of all the better parts of many different musical genres, ranging from hip-hop to jazz to funk and rock. You can even find traces of calypso and gypsie music in their eclectic blend of sound they call "now music", or "Hypnotic". Reared in the teachings of music since they were children, some of them as young as 3 years old, they grew up on the stage playing as the "Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble". In many circles, theirs has been labeled the best live show and a definite must see." From Wikipedia