The tour is coming up friends and hopefully there will be a lot of talking and writing about the soon to be released Album If not now,when?. This thread is meant to collect all the links worldwide where Anything Incubus has been covered the past weeks and will be covered in the future.
Not only is it interesting to see how different the views are culturally and between nations, but also how the media landscape will change in time.
So, let's start an archive for every one to access and read whenever wanted.
More recently, Einziger teamed up with emerging modern soul sensation Frank Oceanof the sprawling and controversial L.A. hip-hop crew Odd Future to perform at this year’s Coachella festival, which spawned a fast friendship with the group.
“I played with Frank Ocean at the second weekend at Coachella this year. Apparently he had kind of a bad experience the first weekend, and a couple of phone calls were made,” Einziger explained during an exclusive interview with CBS Local. “I’m a big fan of Frank’s music and his voice. I really like Odd Future and what they do. I think they’re an exciting group of young, talented people.”
“After we did Coachella, Frank and I did some stuff in the studio together. I made a connection with Hodgy, Left Brain and Tyler, particularly,” he continued, referencing rappers Hodgy Beats and Left Brain of Odd Future spin-off group Mellowhype and the crew’s leader, Tyler The Creator. “(Mellowhype) were making their latest recordNumbers at that time. They would come over to my house, and we would hang out all night and just record ideas. We ended up doing a few things that stuck.”(Einziger shows up on two cuts from Mellowhype’s Numbersalbum, adding guitar and co-production on “P2” and drums to “Monster.”)
Einziger also discussed a recording session with Frank Ocean that came about after the Coachella performance.
“We recorded a live version of one of the tracks off his ChannelOrange album (“White”) that I don’t know what he plans to do with,” he explained of the song, which features John Mayer on the studio version. “We had played that song at Coachella, and he dug the way we had done it. It was a really cool session with Matt Chamberlain, who’s also one of my favorite drummers, so we were all jamming together and it was awesome,” Enziger added in regards to the in-demand studio drummer who’s kept the beat for everyone from Pearl Jam to Stevie Nicks to David Bowie. “Frank was playing the keyboards and it was just a lot of fun. It’s scary how talented he is.”
Einziger is still basking in the glow of his overwhelming victory as the Number One guitar player in alt-rock in our recent readers’ poll where he received a whopping 46% of all votes.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local
In the summer of 2011, as Incubus prepared to release their seventh studio album, If Not Now, When?, the band built their own performance space in a West Los Angeles warehouse and launched into something new: a participatory media exhibit and real-time performance and documentary project that allowed their fans to experience and interact with the band as they never could before.
For several nights, singer Brandon Boyd, guitarist Mike Einziger, keyboardist Christopher Kilmore, bassist Ben Kenney and drummer Jose Pasilaso participated in instructional clinics, Q&A sessions, video chats and fan-art exchanges. Each night, Incubus performed sets created by their fans, culminating with a full performance of If Not Now, When? on the final night.
Several elements of the experience were streamed online as fans joined in via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and beyond. The experience was captured on HQ Live, the band's new CD/DVD, which was released in August (in various formats).
We recently caught up with Einziger, who discussed HQ Live, the changing music industry, science, gear and more.
GUITAR WORLD: What’s the story behind HQ Live? How and why did it come to be?
We were releasing a record last year called If Not Now, When?. When it came out, we were in kind of a compromised position with our record company. There was no leadership at the label, and executives were being filed in and filed out. We basically were kind of on our own at the time. So we came up with the idea of taking over a commercial space in Los Angeles and kind of creating a pop-up store. Instead of it being a pop-up store where we sell things, it would almost be like a pop-up concert venue where we would play a bunch of shows.
So we found a space; a lot of times it’s used as an art gallery. It was a big enough space where we could set up all of our equipment in the middle of the room, and then we arranged it so that the audience would be completely surrounding us and we would kind of be playing to each other in a circle. We did a week of different shows every day and then a series of interactive experiences with our audience where we would do drawings and things like that online.
There were thousands and thousands of people that came to just be a part of what we were doing, and there were millions of people that tuned in online to be part of the performances and broadcasts. We did a combination of live concerts, clinics and a lot of interviews. We just thought it would be the most direct way we could reach out to our audience without there being any intervention from any third party. Just us and our audience, and giving them the music they want. We’re answering their questions, they’re talking directly to us in the most direct way possible.
So the box set and the collection of music we just released is really just the recordings of those sessions and those shows in that commercial space. It was just a really interesting way of releasing an album. All those shows and everything was surrounding the release of that record, and we didn’t really know when we started doing it that we would be releasing that as something for our audience. It came out really great. We didn’t fix anything, we didn’t change anything, we didn’t edit it, it’s "as is." We’re happy we were able to offer something like to the people who care about the music we make.
Have you seen that a lot in the music industry, where executives are coming in and out and bands of all different levels are going out on their own and doing things like this?
Yes. I mean the way the record industry has changed over the last decade has been really, really drastic. It’s totally different now than when we were younger. And people don’t buy albums the they used to. As a band, we make our living playing concerts. The record company, they make money selling albums. And so they’re all struggling. Hugely struggling. It’s kind of a sad situation for them, but at the same time it’s just the way the world has gone. I’m just thankful we have a really large audience all over the world, and I’m really thankful that when we play concerts, tens of thousands of people see them. I wake up every day thankful for that.
Outside of Incubus, you also compose a lot of your own music. Did you learn anything new on that score when you returned to school at Harvard University?
I never studied music before I went to school. I really went back to school to study the history of science. I figured I had the opportunity to study music when in school so I might as well take music classes as well. I never understood the theoretical side of music at all, or at least I didn’t realize that I did.
Studying music intellectually was really eye-opening. I realized I knew a lot more about it then I thought I did. Having spent decades making music and writing music, I just didn’t know what the terms were for certain things and the definitions of other things. But when you start digging into music and looking at how other people write music, and looking at all of the great music that’s been written over the course of history, I started to realize that maybe I knew a lot of things. I just didn’t know what they were called.
Studying music is particularly fascinating; studying music history is even more fascinating. It's kind of looking at how music has evolved.
Do you think what you learned at Harvard will forever change how you write and play with Incubus?
It’s really something I just wanted to do for myself. It doesn’t matter if it’s with the band. I went to school because I wanted to learn. Regardless of whether or not I ever wrote another note of music, I just wanted to have the experience of dedicating myself to subjects that really were fascinating to me. Most of all, the history of science. That’s something that has always been really important to me. I’ve never really been able to really dedicate my time and energy to it. That experience was really fulfilling.
Can you tell me a little bit about your gear? What did you play on HQ Live?
I think I was playing a Thinline Telecaster during the sessions. And I’m pretty sure that in the HQ session I’m using the Mesa Dual Rectifier combo amps. I’ve used those amps for a long time on and off. The Mesa amps are really diverse and give a wide array of sounds.
Do you guys have any plans for 2013?
No. We actually just finished 18 months of touring and we’re taking a break now. We’re not making plans for 2013. The album process and the writing process — it has to happen organically, and we have to be in the head space to do it. It’s actually a luxury we feel we’ve earned spending after so many years on the road and making records. We’ll take our time and when it feels right, we’ll do it.
In our ongoing quest to find out what keeps models together, OKP talked style with Ben Kenney, former guitarist for The Roots and occasional t-shirt model (he can be seen above rocking the classic Mpozi tee, available now at the okaystore). Read on to discover the influence of Gundam robots on his formative style, his current projects and copyright issues with bottling his scent.
OKP: You got style. How would you describe it in 3 words or less? You got a style icon?
BK: Function, freedom and freshness. I try not to get into clothes that limit where the day can go. I don’t really have an icon. I just never want to be a ”got to go home and change first” type of guy.
OKP: Tell us a story from your childhood. Is there one story that your parents or siblings tell that encapsulates what you were like as a kid?
BK: I get roasted by my brothers cause I would do shit like put on roller skates and football pads and pretend I was a Gundam robot. I used to get embarrassed but fuck that. I was five.
OKP: Whats ur favorite item of clothing?
BK: I bought vegan Doc Martens a while back. I try to not wear leather/suede and I have been waiting for DM to re-issue these for a while. I’m pretty into them. Hey Adidas, how about some vegan Rod Lavers?
OKP: What’s your favorite item of clothing to remove from a female fan?
BK: That info stays in the bedroom (I really wanted to say something sexy like “her catheter” or “her swastika armband”)
OKP: If you had your own cologne – let’s just say you bottled your body odor – what would you name it?
BK: “Jameson,” but if we get into copyright issues with that we could call it “Kool Kief.” Okayplayer Fragrances 2013, let’s do this.
OKP: Name your spirit animal.
BK: The Narwhal.
OKP: What are you working on right now – any interesting projects? What’s going on with Incubus? How do find time for both your solo stuff + the band stuff?
BK: I just moved to Brooklyn. After ten years of living in California I felt like I needed to come back and reconnect with my family and friends. I’ve also been recording a new solo record. That should be out next year. Incubus is taking a break for a while and I’ve been itching to get my solo group on stage again. Time has been good to me so far. I’m not a patient person but the big things always seem to eventually happen when they need to.
OKP: Wait, wait one more!What do you miss the most about being in The Roots?
BK: I miss being on stage with Thought and ?uest. Making music with those guys night after night was the most important learning experience of my career. Those two are easily the most talented performers I’ve ever met. I still trip on it.
“her catheter” LOL
Thanks Natalie! Enjoyed reading that one
You're welcome Me! He is so funny (I would totally buy some "Kool Kief" LOL) I love me some Ben ;) and a new album out next year?! Whoohoo!!! :D Btw long time no speak and I want to say that I hope you're well Me <3
Yes, thank you my friend :) Hope you are doing okay too!
After more than 43,000 votes were cast, the best drummer in rock has been determined by you, the fans.
For nearly two weeks Blink-182’s Travis Barkerheld onto the lead by a wide margin, largely due to his massive Twitter following. But in the eleventh hour, Incubus rhythm-keeper Jose Pasillas’ fans mobilized and rocketed him from the middle of the pack to take the top honor just before the poll’s closing.
Where Pasillas pulled in 13,797 votes, Barker followed just behind with 9,386. Rush’s Neil Peart took a distant third with 2,634 votes followed by Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham and Yes’ Alan White with 2,164 and 2,071, respectively. Legendary Nirvana drummer now Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl fell just outside of the top five claiming 2,052, 5% of votes cast.
Pasillas’ win speaks volumes. Incubus wouldn’t be the band it is today without the self-taught drummer’s light touch. With a whopping 32%, Pasillas handily won the popular vote. Incubus’ passionate fanbase are largely to thank for the victory.
Upon hearing the news, Pasillas sent us a note to forward to his fans.
I am speechless! I know there are so many drummers that I have learned from that I don’t compare to but to be acknowledged in this way is such an honor.” The names that I’ve been listed with is unfathomable.
Thank you to my fans and loved ones. I would not be here without you and I will play drums until the day I die!
Much love and peace! NUTS! Haha!
|Jose Pasillas (Incubus)||13,797||32%|
|Travis Barker (Blink-182)||9,386||22%|
|Neil Peart (Rush)||2,634||6%|
|John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)||2,164||5%|
|Alan White (Yes)||2,071||5%|
|Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)||2,052||5%|
|Adrian Young (No Doubt)||1,911||4%|
|Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)||1,699||4%|
|Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)||787||2%|
|Ian Paice (Deep Purple)||710||2%|
|Tre Cool (Green Day)||701||2%|
|Danny Carey (T00L)||637||1%|
|Keith Moon (The Who)||500||1%|
|Dominic Howard (Muse)||457||1%|
|John Densmore (The Doors)||451||1%|
|Lars Ulrich (Metallica)||295||1%|
|Bill Bruford (King Crimson)||271||1%|
|Josh Freese (NIN/A Perfect Circle)||262||1%|
|Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)||223||1%|
|John Dolyman (System of A Down)||196||0%|
|Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins)||195||0%|
|Ringo Starr (The Beatles)||177||0%|
|Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)||163||0%|
|Stewart Copeland (The Police)||160||0%|
|Roger Taylor (Queen)||140||0%|
|Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)||98||0%|
|Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)||94||0%|
|Terry Bozzio (Zappa/Missing Persons)||93||0%|
|Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)||88||0%|
|Ginger Baker (Cream)||87||0%|
|Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)||76||0%|
|Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)||74||0%|
|Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)||70||0%|
|Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)||62||0%|
|Larry Mullen Jr. (U2)||61||0%|
|Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)||54||0%|
|Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)||47||0%|
|Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)||47||0%|
|Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver)||42||0%|
|Phil Rudd (AC/DC)||40||0%|
|Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)||19||0%|
|Frank Beard (ZZ Top)||17||0%|
– Jay Tilles, CBS Local
For Incubus bassist Ben Kenney, music is his first love, but mixed martial arts has grown to be an obession.
When Ben Kenney isn’t behind his bass guitar, touring the globe with his multi-platinum selling band Incubus, he is knee-deep in the fight world. Simply put, Kenney loves mixed martial arts. He’s captivated by every nuance and technique, observing and respecting the art like a tradesman learning a craft.
“To me, it’s refreshing,” Kenney says. “Once that cage door closes, there is a certain form of honesty that takes place that no other form of entertainment gives you. These guys train for months, and when it’s time to step inside the cage, they show the hard work and sacrifice they’ve put in. I’m fascinated by how different the fighters are from other entertainers that I’ve encountered over the years. When you talk to these guys, you meet the same person who is going to be at the gym training the next day. What you see is what you get. They are very honest and direct, and that is refreshing to me. For whatever reason, that doesn’t tend to be the case in other forms of entertainment.”
Downtime is definitely in short supply these days, but when Kenney finds a window, he is either catching up on MMA or in a gym putting his body through the rigors of training. Kenney’s path through MMA has been a constant evolution of fighting knowledge that was ignited through a random introduction seven years ago. It has burned intensely ever since.
“My older brother was a wrestler in New Jersey,” Kenney says. “He trained constantly and was all about combat sports. He had been watching the UFC for a long time. I’m talking going back to the time when people were passing around VHS tapes. He moved to California in 2005, and we were just hanging out when he threw one on. I was immediately captivated. I became completely obsessed with that whole world.”
Since rocking the tapes and watching the pioneers of the sport in action, Kenney has been fixated on MMA’s progression. His hectic recording and touring schedule makes it diffi cult to catch every event in real time, but after the crowds have left the arena, he’s digging in to catch up on what he’s missed.
He does what he can to keep up to date, but in his opinion, nothing beats the intensity of being at a live event. In fact, one particular cage-side experience in the intimate setting of The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas altered his view of just how real it gets.
“A few years back, I watched a fight between John Howard and Dennis Hallman,” Kenney says. “I was with Joe Stevenson, and we were walking down toward the cage. We were right against the Octagon when Howard clipped Hallman and knocked him out. The sound of the impact was like, ‘Oh shit!’ I’ve never been so close to something like that. It was ridiculous.”
When most entertainers are asked to provide a list of their favorite fi ghters, a handful of familiar names are at the ready. This isn’t the case for Kenney. His involvement and ties with the sport run deep, and rather than focus on those who are currently dominating the rankings, he has his sights set on the fi ghters who are on the horizon of shaking up the game.
“I definitely keep up with the sport and have my eye on a few guys who I think could really do something,” he says. “At heavyweight, I’m watching Travis Browne because I believe he could be the next big thing. Alexander Gustafsson presents some interesting problems. Phil Davis is another guy I’m watching because I believe once he gets his standup game to match his wrestling, he’s going to be trouble for everyone in the light heavyweight division. The welterweight division is crazy right now with a bunch of guys who are just crushing it. I love Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson, but the 155-pound weight class has so many exciting guys that I have no choice but to watch every lightweight fight.”
Now that Incubus has recently finished co-headlining the Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park, Kenney and the rest of the band will be able to take some time off—and for Kenney, that means more time in the gym