"I can remember specifically saying the Cure were my favourite band back in second grade," he tells the in 2003.
Yet for someone who's released an album a year with more than half-a-dozen projects since he was 14, the 35-year old musician has maintained more continuity in his career than most people would expect.
Three years later they change their name and release their debut as the Faint.
Despite Lumberjack's growing catalogue, the label remains staunchly loyal to the social group built around their local scene, signing bands based on personal relationships rather than business prospects. While still in Commander Venus, Oberst forms indie pop band Park Ave.
Matthew Sr.'s business background becomes a major asset for Conor later in his career when he makes his father his business manager. At age 10 he learns to play guitar, receiving lessons from Matthew Jr.
His two older brothers, Justin and Matthew Jr., introduce him to '80s indie and alternative bands like the Cure, R. and starts hanging around the local indie record shop, Antiquarium Records.