Once upon a bru, Connor Martin was born in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Well, he was born in whatever hospital is nearest to that sleepy village, but that’s hardly the point. The point is he was born and we are all better off for it. In high school Martin found his two passions: music and lacrosse; picking up a lax twig and tickling his first ivories practically on the same day.
Martin made it through high school with ne’er a whisker and a couple state champ trophies, moving on to the much shinier world of higher education at Chapman University. There Martin the lacrosse player was forged from a lump of cherry tomato into a pile of rippin’ cheddar. While at Chapman, Martin was twice awarded MCLA Player of the Year, among a laundry list of other accolades, riding that notoriety into a cushy internship working lacrosse camps in the Northern West.
That internship would see the creation of the absurdist beast himself: Con Bro Chill. In an effort to advertise his presence at lacrosse camps across the Nor Wester Martin, and his PIC Samm, created a caricature of a lax bro who would announce to the world his “Search for Flow”. The response to Con Bro Chill was immediate and polarized.
Amongst the ballyhoo the brothers Martin sensed they had created something unique, so, in Con’s words, “We just went with it.” Now Con Bro Chill has grown from a goofy brufus to a band, a clothing line, and a now defunct self-help audio cassette series. Martin, having realized a dream by being drafted to both the MLL and NLL (playing for the Denver Outlaws and Colorado Mammoth), remains the face of an ever-expanding cross-media, cross-pollinating, cross-checking force. Not to mention a great head of hair.
If you want to blame Con Bro Chill on anyone, that person would be Samm.
The older brother and visionary catalyst to Con, Sam’s love of music and undeniable skill in film production are the genesis of what CBC has become. A some time attendee of Berkeley College of Music in Boston, Samm has directed every CBC video and written or produced every CBC song. To say Samm is over worked would be stating the obvious; to say it’s surprising he’s not dead is pretty glib.
Samm lends a wealth of experience and professional knowledge from his work as an independent film maker and producer for Atlantic Records to the Con Bro Chill goof factory, bending the talents and unpolished energies of the rest of the band into some semblance of finished product.
While working with Con, Samm continued, and continues, to produce his own material, having released three solo albums and completed numerous films, including a feature length documentary. Samm has no hobbies but can often be found jogging around Sellwood or eating his wife’s attempts at Lebanese food.
Steve has often described himself as a “real master of doing robot high fives” but the truth has never been of much concern to the man. A self styled “doer of deeds” and exceptional hedonist, Steve grew up in medium sized town called Moorpark in a little used corner of Ventura County, California.
A lax rat and a musician, Felts was perfectly placed as he entered the halls of Chapman University to accomplish looking really good with a mohawk and not much else. Steve had the tremendous good fortune of being arbitrarily placed in the same freshman dorm room as Connor Martin, who, in spite of being a jock and a wuss-bag, totally bonded with Steve from their first meeting. Steve went on to literally live in the same room as Con for the next four years, joining in on the Con Bro Chill rocket-powered entertainment machine from the very beginning.
Genghis Flow and Mudfoot later, Steve’s in the band, teaming with Ty Andre to bring unprecedented energy to the Con Bro Chill live experience and picking up a guitar or bass whenever it’s required. Outside of CBC Steve enjoys writing bios for websites and death metal.
Ty Andre, actor, artist, auteur, Packer fan. What began as a story of childhood friendship with both Martins blossomed into a working relationship that exists somewhere between symbiosis and indentured servitude.
Andre, who graduated from Pacific University with a degree in the Studio Arts, has been an unceasing wellspring of creative energy and raw talent for almost a couple of years. A consummate (some say brilliant) performer, Andre was a natural, inevitable choice for the Con Bro Chill concept. He has single handedly conceived and produced the vibrant, kinetic art style that Con Bro Chill is known for and could totally put Art Director/ Creative Director on his business cards if he ever chose to have them made.
Outside of his involvement in Con Bro Chill, Andre has spent time being exceptionally good looking as a model and exceptionally funny as an actor. Ty’s long gestating collaboration with Jim Carey has just recently been very nearly mentioned to Carey’s agent while he was standing outside Nobu.
Also, in 2008 he received the honor for Best In League.