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.
Brandon Boyd ist bekannt als charismatischer Sänger der kalifornischen Rock-Band INCUBUS. Allerdings ist er nebst seiner Musik auch noch Grafiker, Künstler und engagiert sich als Umweltaktivist. Maxim traf Brandon an der Grafik14 und sprach mit ihm über sein Leben, seine Inspirationen und seine Leidenschaften.
Brandon Boyd zeigte sich in unserem Interview als sehr ausgeglichene Person: «Ich nehme mir die Zeit, all das zu machen, was mich inspiriert. Die Leute scheinen es zu mögen…», erklärt der Künstler bescheiden. Allerdings wolle er der Welt nicht nur geben, sondern auch etwas daran verändern und setzt sich deshalb, schon seit er ein Kind ist, für die Umwelt ein.
Das komplette Interview mit Brandon Boyds spannenden und exklusiven Aussagen wird in unserer nächsten Print-Ausgabe erscheinen.
I could write a dissertation on “The Warmth” and what it still does to me at its 945th time I play it, but I feel I’d be preaching to the choir here. He still holds that mic as if it’s lover’s mouth waiting to be kissed, heart wide open, “fond of staring at the sun” as he sweeps off the crowds with the first album of his new band, Sons Of The Sea.
Swim in his thoughts, bathe in his dreams, hunt his fears or just sit down and watch unfolding fractions of his life juxtaposed with hand written notes, photographs and drawings in various stages, in three excellent books Brandonpublished in the past years. One might even find himself at some point in the middle of a silent dialogue with Boyd as his interrogations reach deep, or in need of a hammer, hah. Whichever of the side effects you’ll be experiencing, don’t resist it. You’ll learn from the man who walked into the fire, let the flames swallow his burdens and fears and walked out wearing a new skin,becoming this complete artist that leaves a trace of light behind his every step. Daenerys‘ got nothing
on you, Brandon!
This is the man we’ve met at our Spring Issue cover shoot: serene, open, fearless. We’ve asked our previous cover girl, the amazing visual artist Tasya Van Ree to shoot our cover and a beautiful exchange of energies and ideas between these two artists took place before our very eyes.
Here’s some highlights of that collaboration and a glimpse at the meaningful conversation between Barna and Brandon, over a carrot juice and tea, in a breezy winter night in Los Angeles, right before he took off to his exciting new Zurichexhibition and book signing in Paris.
Photography: Tasya Van Ree
Concept: Tasya Van Ree & Gara Rose Gambucci
Artwork by : Brandon Boyd
Interview by: Barna Nemethi
Styling: Gara Rose Gambucci
Assistant styling: Brianna Smariga
Editor: Max Carp
Full interview in All Hollow magazine, available for purchase here
Fans have had to wait three years for a follow-up to Incubus’ seventh studio LP If Not Now, When?, but according to frontman Brandon Boyd, the wait may be drawing to a close. "[The band has] been hanging out, and we’ve all been at home and talking about making some new music together at the beginning of 2015," Boyd tells Rolling Stone. "I’m really excited about it because it’s been a long time now. We just needed a little break."
While doing press for his role as Judas Iscariot in the upcoming revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, Boyd suggested the band might take a more independent route on its next album. "We lived out the entirety of a 17-year record contract," he says. "We’re without a management company. We don’t have publishers. We don’t have publicists. We’re like babies right now, except that we’ve been a band for 20-something years."
Incubus’ last two albums—2006’s Light Grenades and 2011’s If Not Now, When?—were both released on Epic and peaked on the Billboard 200 at Number 1 and Number 2, respectively. Despite the albums' success, though, Boyd revealed that the band is seeking a less high-pressure environment for releasing new material.
"The business side of things—especially when it drifts into that sort of big business thing, which we’ve drifted into every once in a while—has downsides to it. Obvious downsides," Boyd says. "There are really wonderful things, too. We get to keep making music; we’ve been afforded the opportunity of being a band. But there’s a big part of me that’s really looking forward to making music without any sort of parent situation lording over us."
Though Boyd refused to speak ill of his band’s former label, he did talk about the artistic possibilities of going into the recording process without any corporate binds. "We were lucky as a band in that the record label never lorded too much," he says. "But there was always this sort of phantom presence. We want to make good art. I don’t think we’d make the music we make if we were lazy. So we don’t need that phantom menace hovering over us at all times."
The tumultuous guitar riff of Metallica’s “Whiplash” reverberates for all of a millisecond (since setting it at my alarm, it’s consequently become my least favorite Metallica song). It’s redundant as I’m already awake, wide-eyed with anticipation, immensely elated, and in dire need of a cup of coffee. Fast forward six slothful hours later and I'm painting the fatigued, lustreless Central London air with a hint of rose colored bliss and a touch of ecstatic nervousness as I make my way to Waterstones in the perpetual whirlpool that is the aptly named Piccadilly Circus, waiting ever so zealously for my interview with musician, author, and visual artist, Brandon Boyd. Perhaps better known to most as the front man of Incubus, but to me, personally, as the musician that instituted my love and appreciation for music as a preadolescent, and ultimately changed my life because of it. Well, you know…It’s no big deal, really.
Upon being asked to interview Brandon an influx of questions bombarded my head. "What do you ask your hero?" "What do you not ask your hero?" After spending a short time meticulously questioning myself, I had a list compiled of over 40 questions, probably a few too many for a 20 minute interview. Read on for Brandon’s refreshingly authentic and enlightening perspectives on all things art, including his new book So the Echo, a cornucopia of drawings, paintings, photos, and mindful thoughts and ideas.
Artrocker: One question I like to ask everyone is, if you could start your day off by listening to one song and one song only, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Particularly interested to hear your choice!
(laughs) Holy crap! Hopefully my life would be short from the point forward. It doesn’t matter what song it is, I think it would eventually drive me nuts!
Yeah, I think that human beings thrive on variety and I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re so enthralled by the internet, even the way we’ve evolved to eat, our bodies want a very wide range of food. If I had to choose one song…I have a total snarky answer for you that I could actually live with, I have a cd at home that is a couple of monks chanting “Om”, that I can deal with.
What themes do you pursue in So The Echo, is there a common theme?
There is no conscious, continual theme. I do know that there were some sort of mantras I was kind of following throughout making the book, I wanted it to be more refined than the first two, I wanted the work to improve, and get better with use of acrylics and more refined in my watercolor and line work and things like that, but for the most part I just kept in the back in my mind just ‘push a little bit further’ than I normally would.
Do you set out to achieve something that communicates and really speaks to its viewer and sends a message across or is it more experimental, expressing yourself subconsciously?
It is very much creative expression, with kind of a peripheral knowledge that people might get it, so that influences it a little bit but I try to keep that influence at bay because I’m not actually trying to create work that I know people are going to like. I know it’s going to be representative of the truth for me in that moment and time, which is why I almost exclusively freehand draw, much of what you don’t see in the book are all the shit freehand drawings.
You should have a part two!
I know, the stuff that didn’t make the cut? Like the demos! But yeah, I draw because I love to draw, I paint pictures, take pictures and make music because I love to do all those things, they make me feel like I’m walking with the wind, like I’m doing the right thing. It’s a weird and wonderful blessing that people have seemed to enjoy things that I like to do, they like to listen to or look at the things I like to do, and there are points where I have that realization where I see how lucky I am. It’s something that I don’t mind talking about because I see how fortunate I am to get to do what I love to do.
Is that quite rare in your line of work? Do you think that people really kind of appreciate that moment that they’re in?
I’m not sure. I know that it’s rare for people to have a job that they truly love, ’cause I’ve had jobs that I did not love, so having been on the other side of it, there are times when I’m having a problem with something, a picture or a song that I’m writing, and I’m like ‘shit..dammit...this is not working’ and then I’m like ‘ahh these are amazing problems to have!’ ‘What t shirt do I wear when I go on stage tonight?!’ That’s when I destroy the dressing room *laughs*
Is there anything you would like to be able to draw that you struggle with at the moment?
God, yes! I’m only just getting started with all things art. I’m really just discovering my singing voice! I started taking lessons like 6 months ago for the first time. It’s been a real trip to be learning how much I don’t know about singing, something I’ve been doing for most of my adult life. I’ve studied drawing a little bit, like life drawings, I can draw a person quite well, male or female, various shapes and sizes, and it’s an amazing exercise for any artist to l earn how to do that , it keeps you really sharp.
Isn’t that the hardest thing to draw? People?
Yeah, it’s very difficult. That’s why if you continue to do it your art just keeps getting wider and wider. I’d very much like to get better at drawing people’s faces with accuracy, contours of muscles things like that. I find that human beings, our bodies are completely fascinating. The variation in them, that there’s an infinite number of combinations we can get involved in when trying to replicate them.
Do you think social conditioning and personal upbringing has an effect on the way we listen to music?
Yes. Unequivocally. We’re mostly products of our environment. I think that there’s something to be said for your genetic predispositions and things like that, we have predilections perhaps, but for the most part I think that we are an animal that’s highly adaptive. And it’s one of the most amazing things about us, but also one of the most interesting in that we can get used to some really weird shit. We can make some very strange conditions ‘normal’ and how we live right now, where we live, and what we say and do to each other is a perfect example of that, we’re at a really exciting time in history, technologically, but mostly culturally, we’re at a crossroads, and if we continue the way we are, we’re going to wipe ourselves out. It’s kind of a scientific fact at this point, that if we kept going like this (draws a straight line with his hands) we won’t exist in a few generations. And what’s so interesting about us, is that most of us know that, people are like ‘Ah, what do I do?!’ we know exactly what to do. We’re just unwilling until it gets right to the very edge, and what’s really interesting about existence is that is usually when something happens. ‘Cause we’re not going to do it on our own, something that knocks us, back into a forced adaptation that will force us away from the direction we’re going in. Yeah...what was the question again? (laughs)
What memorable responses have you had to your work as a musician and as an artist?
I think probably one of the most memorable would be the fact that people sing at our concerts, they sing back to us, it never gets old. That situation I never in my wildest dreams anticipated that, and still to this day when I’m writing lyrics and I’m like this (puts head in hands) in my house writing stuff down, and trying to be honest and trying to explore emotions and variable truths, you never expect or anticipate that people are going to resonate with it, or sing it on the top of their lungs back at you.
So in that respect, is there a favourite song you like to be sung at you from the crowd?
No,it doesn’t matter. It is honestly one of the weirdest and coolest experiences ever. I think one of the rawest things about it is, I have the desire to sort of loose myself in the experience of playing music live. When we play in front of audiences that aren’t there for us, like at a bigger festival, there’s not as much of that kind of response, and it’s fun, but in a different way. It’s a little bit more ‘we’re performing and you’re watching’, but then you get those situations where the entire audience is singing at the top of their lungs with you and at the point, the reason it’s so weird and wonderful is because it almost doesn’t matter that we’re there on stage, everything just sort of mushes together and becomes this weird, love feedback, and I stop thinking. It’s amazing. Music is a potentially really powerful medium. I’ve had some really emotional, powerful experiences at concerts when I was young, and even recently. I saw Bjork 7 or 8 months ago, and I hadn’t seen her in over a decade, and I’ve always loved what she’s done, she was so good, just as good as when I saw her when I was 17. And I saw Dead Can Dance. It was also the Hollywood Bowl, and I don’t know why, but it was like ‘Yeah! We’re going to a concert and gonna have a good time’ and this woman comes out to sing and you start crying... “like why am I crying!”.
Naturally, a lot of your lyrics are about love. Throughout my life those lyrics resonated with me and helped me out, I'm sure most of your fans can say the same. What’s your opinion on love? Are there different types? Can we separate love from infatuation? Are there any qualifiers to make love “true” rather than “fake”?
Really interesting question..In my deepest intent, I am intending on learning to see love in everything. From the most mundane to the most profound to violence, to everything, I think that there’s a potential to see love and experience love in every situation. But, the kind of love we’re talking about, that’s more like spiritual love. So I think there should perhaps be a distinction between lust and love. I think that there are many different kinds of love. I also think that we have, culturally speaking, placed some really unfair, though interesting, but unfair rules and expectations and a result have shackles on love, and some of it has to do with religion, some of it has to do with long held cultural biases, but I think one of the things that is attempting to change, culturally is the sort of taking off of our collective blinders, they’re kind of peeling back a bit. And I’m not sure where it stands here in the UK, but in America, the “hot” political debate is gay rights.
Yeah still! And to many of us who come from a different generation, it’s almost comical that they’re arguing with the veracity that they’re arguing about it, it’s like most of us can’t believe that they’re still arguing on whether or not people have the right to love each other and express it in the way that they want to, it’s ridiculous. It’s a civil right, it’s a human right to love someone, whoever or whatever you want to love.
Think we’ll all get there in the end though, right?
We have to. There’s no other way to but go up, in this regard. But, I think that once this conversation starts to become more normal in the US and other places, because there are lots of places that, they still put people to death, it’s insane. There’s a lot more to talk about even after that.
Any plans for Sons Of The to tour the UK?
Yes. Hopefully soon!
The question everyone wants to know..You said recently in another interview that Incubus will be back in 2015, what can we expect?
Yes, we’re hoping to! We don’t exactly know the format of what it’s going to look like, as far as whether it’s going to be a full album or a series of EPS, our intent, not making any plans yet, but our intent is to get together the beginning of next year!
Two new radio interviews with Brandon, mostly about JCS, but the second one I'm posting has him also discussing Incubus getting together at the beginning of 2015!!! :)
Lead singer Brandon Boyd of Incubus does it all; he’s an artist, musician, author and now stage actor!
Billy Kidd spoke with him about his new role in Jesus Christ Superstar, his new band project and when the heck we can expect new stuff from Incubus.
The show will be Sunday, June 22nd at American Airlines Center.
Tickets are on sale now right HERE.
During a recent promotional tour of Europe, Boyd sat down with Gibson.com in London to talk about his latest publication, musical endeavours and his beloved Gibson ES335…
How’s Europe been? Where have you visited?
It’s been good; I started in Zurich where I did my first art show in Europe. It was really fun – we sold out. It was super-inspiring. It was a graphic art exhibition. From there I went to Milan, then I went to Berlin, then I went to Paris and then I came here. I got here about an hour and a half ago.
Let’s talk about So The Echo, your newest book, how would you say it differs to your previous?
If I could be so bold to say so, I think it’s better than the first two books! Is that okay to say?! I still enjoy the work that I put out in the first two books. There’s definitely more of a, I guess you could say a scatterbrain effect of them – I think I was searching for something and with ‘So The Echo’, I think I found what I was looking for aesthetically and now I feel like I can truly move on into deeper realms of visual expression. It’s nice though that it landed on three. Third time’s the charm.
What were your intentions when you set out to make the book?
I had certain ideas that I wanted to execute. I knew I wanted it to be a cleaner aesthetic, I knew I wanted it to have simple kind of silly things like a table of contents and I wanted it to be bound in velum and little bookish aesthetics like that, but for the most part my plan is to not really have a plan with these things. One of the reasons that I still love doing what I do, not only with art but also with music, is that I do it because I love it. I have a really good time doing it and that’s really the main thing. Usually if I run into a corner or it stops being fun, I find my way out of that corner and I go back out into the field and keep playing. So it’s really about play and drawing for me. It’s like I’m colouring, I’m drawing. It’s fun.
How long have you been drawing for?
As long as I can remember. I should be a lot better at it by now! But I don’t care enough. Sometimes I get little inklings that I need to get better. I see paintings in this nice hotel we’re in and these are really, really talented technicians. These people have gone to school obviously and if they haven’t then they’re some kind of geniuses because they look like photographs. So occasionally I’ll see things like that and I need to try harder. But then I start to draw and I get lost in what my process is, what has become my process and I want for nothing. It feels beautiful and simple and that’s the whole idea.
You have a side project called Sons of the Sea – what can you tell us about the band?
They’re great! It’s the first band I put together. Incubus came together as a band because we were friends in school; this was a bit more of an adult curation process. It was talking to people with mutual interests. We did 8 concerts in the States a couple of months ago and it was so eye-opening, so much fun and so different than my experience with Incubus. With Incubus it is continually enjoyable and fun, but it’s at a size – it’s gotten to a place where it’s like riding a dragon or something, it’s like holding on the whole time. This one is a bit more like, we’ve found a baby dragon and we’re feeding it. Does that make sense?! I’ve some weird ideas in my head. It’s a lot of fun. I really, really hope that we have the opportunity to come over to the UK and into Europe to play concerts – I’m trying to make that happen for this fall. We’re absolutely open to invitations from promoters and from people to come and play because we’d really like to, but it’s an independent project. One of the things I’ve learned and has been eye-opening is that with no record label and with no financial support - it’s crazy expensive to go on tour! I’ve opted out of being on a major label and I’m happy for a number of reasons because of it, but there’s drawbacks to that as well.
Is Sons of Sea a solo project or collaboration?
Brendan O’Brien who produced the last three Incubus records and any number of highly influential records in my life and lots of other peoples – him and I wrote this record together, so it was very much a collaboration between him and I and we performed everything on the record together – save for the very, very last minute. I had performed all the drums on the album and then I invited an old friend in - Josh Freese - to play the drums and he made the record sound x20 better. He’s really good. He’s very sort of sought after as well. It was at an 8 and he took it to 11 when he started playing.
Are you still rocking the Gibson ES-335? How much do you play the guitar?
Yes, as a matter of fact I am. In Sons of the Sea I use it a lot to write, but I rarely play guitar on stage. I play a little bit with Incubus. The band doesn’t really need my help with guitar; I’ll play some rhythm things here and there, but I’m surrounded by virtuoso guitar players and so I’m under no illusion that I’m a good guitar player. It’s one of those things where I just like playing guitar and I can keep up here and again. I also have a sense of humour – I’m not trying to be Gary Clarke Jr. He’s phenomenal; incredibly talented at the guitar and it’s different than the shreddery that one would think of when you think of a guitar virtuoso like Steve Vai – he’s of a different school. It’s a little more old school. He’s almost has a little bit of a Hendrix thing, dare I say.
Who are your guitar heroes?
Jimi Hendrix. Straight up. Where else do you go from there?! Jimmy Page. There’s so many people that have taken guitar to such unusual inspiring places. I’ll stick with those two for right now.
Incubus – do you see the band getting back together in the near future?
We are. We just needed a little bit of downtime; we needed to not have a plan for a while. It’s like any long term relationship; eventually you need to set it free in order for it to make sense again. We’re going to have some kind of new music offering and we’re going start writing early next year. The thing that we’re uncertain of though is if the actual album format, if a full album format is still relevant enough to do. I don’t know what it’s going to look like, but it could be a series of EPs or something like that. It’s one of the things that you have to pay even the slightest bit of attention to the climate and how people are absorbing music. The album – I’m still super-trained on that and I love albums, but in mass people don’t really want albums. They want little bursts of music. So, we’ll see how we should do it.
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For roughly twenty years, Brandon Boyd has headed the Calabasas, California-bred alternative/rock band Incubus.
After rising to prominence in the rock scene with 1999′s Make Yourself, the band has evolved its sound over the years while still managing to maintain a firm grasp on the rock charts – just look at the strength of singles such as Drive, Pardon Me, Wish You Were Here, Megalomaniac, Love Hurts, Anna Molly, Warning and Adolescent.
With the band currently on hiatus while its members pursue individual projects, Rock Cellar caught up with Boyd for a few questions regarding his new solo album, non-musical ventures, Jesus Christ Superstar and the first concert he ever attended:
Rock Cellar Magazine: Describe the Sons of the Sea, the side project you released. What else are you up to?
Brandon Boyd: Brendan O’Brien ( producer) and I had mused about writing together for many years and finally had the time and the space to try it out. The results were a lot of fun. The impetus to make Sons of the Sea was one of pure curiosity and desire to see what would happen if I tried writing with Brendan after having worked with him in one way for over ten years. I very much enjoy the results, if I could be so bold as to say so.
I am preparing to do a huge US and Canadian tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar. I am playing the role of Judas Iscariot and it’s playing in arenas all summer long. I have never done anything like it before so I am thrilled about the opportunity to step so far beyond my comfort zone!
Rock Cellar Magazine: Tell our readers a bit about your book So The Echo.
Brandon Boyd: The new book is a collection of paintings, sketchbooks, photographs, poems and musings gathered from the last four or five years. I have been drawing and painting since I was a child and publishing art books since 2003. This is the third.
Rock Cellar Magazine: You’ve been in the limelight musically for more than fifteen years. What prompted you to branch out from the alternative/rock world and venture into more introspective material with your 2010 solo debut The Wild Trapeze and now Sons of the Sea?
Brandon Boyd: My motives and desires really haven’t changed much over all of these years; I love making music and art and enjoy following it wherever it takes me. Sometimes into recognizable territories and sometimes into more abstract realms.
Rock Cellar Magazine:What is the current status with Incubus? Is anything planned in the near future?
Brandon Boyd: We are still taking a break from things but talking happily about reconvening early next year to write some new music.
Rock Cellar Magazine: What was the very first concert or musical you remember attending? Any fond memories of that show?
Brandon Boyd: The first show I ever saw was Bon Jovi and Skid Row in San Diego, California. It was pretty fun. I was 12 or 13. Everyone was high and drunk and I was sort of scared, but the energy was infectious. The first musical I saw was actually Jesus Christ Superstar. I was a young teenager.
So it’s sort of a weird and serendipitous full circle that I should be playing a role in that show so many years later.
Rock Cellar Magazine: Tell us a bit about Jesus Christ Superstar tour. How are you preparing for the part of Judas?
Brandon Boyd: I am preparing for the part by doing as many jumping jacks as I can, drinking raw egg yolks, shadow boxing, listening to 80’s Montage Rock and running really fast on the beach while making weird grunting noises.
Rock Cellar Magazine: What is it about performing live that resonates the most with you? Do you have any pre-show routines to get ‘in the zone’?
Brandon Boyd: Everything I said in the previous answer but then I stretch my hamstrings to ‘get in the zone’ as you say.
Visit Boyd’s website for more information about his solo activity.
July 19th, 2014
By Matt Bates
Album Art Courtesy of Sons of the Sea
Enjoying another warm, picturesque morning here on the sunny Gold Coast as the email notification goes off on my phone. Thankfully it’s not another spam email about today’s sales on whatever website that somehow got a hold of my address…this email lets me know that today is going to be a good day…that I’ll soon be speaking with the lead vocalist of Sons of the Sea—Brandon Boyd. Yes, that Brandon Boyd—the same lyricist and mesmerizing front man of the inspiring, multi-generational band Incubus.
Sons of the Sea’s just released a new music video entitled “Lady Black” and features model Lauren Marie Young—recognizable from ad campaigns such as American Apparel, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Fox Racing Girls and Playboy’s cover, and is directed by Brantley Gutierrez.
The video, a steady-paced rock track—opens with our hero (Boyd) wandering through a gritty, washed out desert. Boyd staggers over dunes under a black veil and discovers a portal. Through it lies Lady Black—everything he’s been searching the universe for and more. When asked about her role Young stated, “I loved being the energy of Lady Black. The momentum really took on full throttle when everyone was in costume. It really felt like living on Mars.” The location, which is only a few hours from Los Angeles, gives the video an otherworldly feel.
Since his hiatus from musical ventures Boyd has been a busy man with his art projects. Luckily, we were able to catch up and get some information about Sons of the Sea and what we can expect in the near future:
M&M: Was Sons of the Sea something you had always been working on or was it something that evolved during hiatus from Incubus?
BB: Sons of the Sea was a pretty spontaneous reaction to Incubus taking an indefinite period of time off. There was a part of me that was excited about the chance to stay home and just surf and paint, but the reality was that after about two weeks I was being flooded with song ideas and needed a place to unload them. Brendan O’Brien (record producer to The Fray, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Bruce Springsteen, etc.) happened to have a serendipitously timed period in between working on albums as well so we decided to finally make good on many years of threatening to write songs together.
M&M: Does Sons of the Sea have any festivals, concerts or shows booked soon where you’ll be performing?
BB: At the beginning of this year we played a handful of shows on the east and west coast and it was a blast. It was a really new and fun experience and the audiences that came out very much seemed to embrace the creative leaps that were being taken. I’d love to perform live with Sons of the Sea more, and in different places, but being an indie project has some serious logistical limitations. What I need is a sugar daddy or a “patron” of the arts to help finance a tour.
M&M: Where and when was the video filmed?
BB: We filmed it about two hours from LA at a very strange but very cool set that looks a lot like what I’d imagine a lunar base would resemble. A lunar base that was built by someone who used to deal drugs, that is. The second day was filmed at Dumont Dunes in California.
M&M: Was there any theme or vision you and the production team were aiming for and why?
BB: Brantley Gutierrez and I have made a bunch of videos together and as a result we usually don’t have much of an idea of what we’re going to do heading into our projects. We’ll have an idea or an outline, but then once we start that usually gets overshadowed by spontaneous magical interventions. This video was no different. The level of stunning beauty around us that day made it easy to make though, I have to say.
M&M: What is next for Brandon Boyd, Sons of the Sea or any of your art and music ventures?
BB: Getting myself ready for a couple of art shows in support of my newest book So The Echo; most likely in and around Europe. Incubus will likely be writing for another offering soon and maybe Sons of the Sea will impress someone somewhere enough that they’ll invite us for a Yacht tour around the Mediterranean.
Do I smell a new Incubus album sooner than expected? It goes without saying the man is busy and driven with his artistic passions. Do yourself a favor check out the video, pick up the album and grab a copy of So the Echo. And if anyone knows a sugar daddy…excuse me…“patron” of the arts…send them Boyd’s way.