Brandon Boyd, of the band Incubus, is an amazing human being, from his ability to write some of the most beautiful songs you will ever hear, to his non-comparable will to write poetry and draw some of the most amazing art that has ever been published by 'just a musician'.
The 23-year-old star started out as one of four high school buddies growing up in Calabasas, CA. Brandon and his band started jamming at age 14, in his garage. The band wanted to play in clubs but couldn't because they didn't have the money. Then by "fate" says Boyd, one of the band members found a $100 bill on the ground and got set up with their first gig. Then they started thinking of the name which was "time consuming and challenging, but fits" says Boyd. Incubus stems from the word "incubi," which means incubate, which the band thought was more in the sense of an idea or pattern incubating until coming to fruition, kind of like the band.
Incubus needed to get a CD started so they looked for record companies that would help them. Immortal Records saw that Incubus was a "touring live band, and not an out of the box hit single sensation, they had intentions of building up." In 1997 the band released the 'Enjoy Incubus' demo. Then they completed several mini-tours in support of it. During that period, Incubus was perfecting the new songs for their full-length debut, S.C.I.E.N.C.E.; the group named it that because they were 'able to experiment.' "We were able to take our time and get everything to sound the way we wanted it to-weird science and energetic funk." That's when Boyd started to be a teenage girl's icon.
Boyd's physical appearance is entrancing to the female gender, and just as much so to a minority of the male gender! From his warmly tanned body to those 'black earrings' he has made so famous, Brandon Boyd is a sight women all over the world would love to wake up to on a warm, sunny morning. His looks helped the band make their fame made as his face was plastered on many a female magasine in the states and with the pictures came the band, and the music closely following.
Boyd has favorites just like everyone else. Boyd's favorite pick up line is, "If I said you have a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?" His favorite color is purple and he does not have a relationship status. He loves lying by the beach because quote "I can think there and it's peaceful, I can write and sing music there and be totally comfortable." Boyd enjoys writing and reading books. His newest book released is 'White Fluffy Clouds.' Boyd thinks that the coolest thing in the world is quote "being on the Ozzfest in the middle of the day, with 10,000 sweaty people drinking beer, singing along."
Performing is a big thing to bands and the fans if you want to make or get an impact or good impression. On the 1997 European tour supporting Korn, Incubus was opening. "We had never played in front of a crowd that big, and the response we got far exceeded any response we've ever gotten. To play in front of a crowd that has no idea who you are, and then you start playing and they understand the energy of it and start freaking out, it's quite an experience," says Boyd.
Incubus' unusual style of music, and high-energy shows, mixed with Boyd's 'smoothly hypnotic voice' make the band easy to love. Incubus is one of those bands who think of original but deep songs and you know what the band is talking about without becoming "maniacally depressive." Incubus' incredible rock songs are bursting with melody and have an extra special something that separates them from the rest of the rock world. I think that when Boyd sings he paints pictures of what he's talking about and you can completely understand what he's saying and with some bands that's difficult. Their songs paint images of a past life, before the musical scene was ever a big issue, and tells of the trials and tribulations that many humans go through during their development. I feel that, because of this connection everyone the songs the band sing reach people on a far more personal level than many others who simply sing for the point of singing and making music. There is more to music that sound, and Incubus prove this with their talent and ever changing style.
Boyd is a great writer and singer and he makes sense of feeling. All of his lyrics, quote "carry an underlying positive theme through stories of space, relationships and socio-political issues. His beliefs are expressed strongly in his songs." It is so easy to feel close to him as his songs relate, not so distantly, from the life I've lived. In his songs, you could look at the title of the song and think that you knew what the song would be about, but besides the obvious there is a deeper meaning that you would need to focus on. Incubus admits they come up with 'strange stuff' but that's what makes them unique.
Home is something that bands don't see a lot of when they are on tour. To make the album 'Morning View', the band bought a Malibu mansion and stayed there for 6 months to finish the album. After that they went on tour. Boyd says, "I really enjoy being at home because I enjoy my privacy. I enjoy sitting and listening to the sound of nothing. And, I really enjoy touring too, but at the pace we go; sometimes it's almost intolerable. For the past year, when we get on stage, it's the closest thing to home we all have right now. And it's the best part of the day, every day."
Boyd believes that 'everything in his life has been important and essential' Boyd has no regrets in his life, and "everything has been an experience and led me to now." Boyd says his fear is "what people including myself, are capable of, but it also excites me. I'm afraid of the atrocities that we are capable of and the things that can happen if everyone makes decisions based on fear, which we have been doing for a long long time now. So, I am very excited and interested, but also ironically afraid of what would happen if we didn't make decisions based on fear. It would be very interesting to see what would happen if people lived through a different philosophy." He adds that the greatest thing that he has learned from being in Incubus is "to let be what will be." Also, "...being in this band has taught me to accept each situation and each occurrence in my life as the right occurrence. Whatever happens, as chaotic as it sounds, is the right thing and is perfect and was supposed to happen for me in order for me to grow as an individual. It's sort of a spiritual philosophy, that being in this band is helping me understand."
Boyd is a truly positive person who has the ability to lift peoples' spirits to no end with the beauty and quality of the songs he writes. And with the musical talents of Eizenger and the rest of the band there is no end to the mood they can create and the emotions they can let loose. The uniqueness of Boyd makes him just that little bit more special, and his beauty transponds the limitations that people think are all there is. His beauty is manifested in his music, a talent that so few artists possess but so many want. I wish I had the ability to write such beautiful and inspiring music, for that is what Incubus truly stand for. Inspiration for people to write, not just music, but true music that plays for the heart and soul of anyone that listens to it. The ability to write such music is in short supply, but Incubus created a revolution with their appearance, one that may well have changed the way so many people think about music and inspired them on to greater things, as I know it has done for me. Everything I learned about, and from him is interesting, intriguing and rewarding and so much of it I will never forget. Brandon Boyd, we love you!
Thanks to Michelle Puckett for much information and quotes.