Incubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed
in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer
Jose Pasillas while the members were in high school.
Calabasas, California, United States
Alternative rock, alternative metal, funk metal
The Roots, Audiovent, Avicii
Mike chose the name 'Incubus' from a thesaurus when they were 15.
Other suggestions were Spiral Staircase, and Chunk O'Funk.
An incubus is a male demon who forces themselves on women in their sleep.
(From the latin 'incub' meaning to lie upon)
Brandon Boyd lead vocals, percussion, occasional guitar
Mike Einziger lead guitar, piano, backing vocals
José Pasillas II drums
Chris Kilmore turntables, keyboards
Ben Kenney bass guitar, backing vocals
Alex "Dirk Lance" Katunich bass guitar
Gavin "DJ Lyfe" Koppell turntables, keyboards
Billboard Music Award for Modern Rock Single of the Year Drive
Q: I'm from Australia and I wanted to know how big Incubus is in the states coz we haven't heard much about them?
Kilmore: They're big. Real big.
Dirk: We're Australian for "rock band."
Kilmore: I'm surprised you haven't heard of us because we're so big in the Philippines.
Brandon: They are so big the Rolling Stones open up for them. Haven't you heard?
Q: What was the coolest show you played at ozzfest?
Brandon: Ohio. Where the plane landed during our set.
Kilmore: There was a plane that landed right in the middle of one of our songs. The runway was right behind the stage. But it was lucky -- it sort of sounded like a sample. Everyone looked at me like, "what are you doing?"
Dirk: It distracted all five kids that were watching.
Q: How much do you guys like Adam Sandler because at a show in Coloumbia,MO brandon quoted "Billy Madison" alot?
Mike: We want to marry him.
Brandon: Adam Sandler has been a big influence on our band too.
Dirk: Yeah, him and cartoon porn pretty much shaped our first record.
Brandon: Put two and two together: Nice to Know you, Goodbye.
Mike: Yeah, Brandon's a mathematician.
On the meaning behind 'Nice to Know You', Rockline interview
"With the Roots there are just so many different elements it kind of, I don't know, it's definitely
a serious musical challenge to play with them, I guess overall I'm more into rock than
I'm into hip-hop. I'm 26 now, so it's time to use what I have rather than try different
things and I definitely have the ability to play rock music. I've never toured with a
rock group, The Roots used to play with a lot of other hip-hop acts, but never with rock groups.
It's a different method of operation. Hip-hop dudes have a very predictable pattern of after-show
activity and rock 'n' roll cats kind of thrive on the unpredictable."
Meanstreet - 2002