Exclusive GRAMMY.com Interview With Brandon Boyd
Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Boyd discussed teaming with GRAMMY-winning producer Brendan O'Brien for his new project, Sons Of The Sea, the creative process for songs on the forthcoming Sons Of The Sea self-titled album and the importance of the support of Incubus' fan base, among other topics.
"I am continually inspired by the experience of love," said Boyd. "There are many ways to experience love. It can feel like a knife in your back or it can feel like you're being lifted up by winged creatures towards a beautiful blinding light. It can be so many things. In amongst all of that potential, I have found many opportunities to be inspired."
Incubus were formed in 1991 by Boyd, guitarist Mike Einziger and drummer José Pasillas. (The current lineup also includes bassist Ben Kenney and turntablist DJ Chris Kilmore.) In 2011 they released their seventh studio album, If Not Now, When?, which peaked at No. 2, marking their fifth album to chart in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200. The group scored their first career GRAMMY nomination to date for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Megalomaniac" at the 47th GRAMMY Awards in 2004.
Sons Of The Sea, a new project fronted by Boyd, are set to release their self-titled full-length album on Sept. 24. For the 10-track set, Boyd contributed vocals and lyrics while O'Brien (Incubus, the Killers, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine) performed a majority of the music. Tracks include "Come Together," "Space And Time," and a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye." The album follow's Sons Of The Seas debut EP, Compass, which was released in June.
An environmental activist, artist and avid surfer, Boyd released his solo debut, The Wild Trapeze, in 2010. He recently published his third book of paintings, So The Echo, concurrently with the release of Sons Of The Sea.