Brandon Boyd

Brandon Charles Boyd (born February 15, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author, and visual artist. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the American rock band Incubus.

Brandon Boyd
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Boyd performing with Incubus in 2012
Background information
Birth nameBrandon Charles Boyd
Also known asThe Invisible Floating Torso Man (Make Yourself)
Happy Knappy (Fungus Amongus)
Brandon of the Jungle (Enjoy Incubus)
Cornelius (S.C.I.E.N.C.E.)
Born (1976-02-15) February 15, 1976 (age 44)
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, alternative metal,[1] funk rock, nu metal, funk metal[2]
Occupation(s)Musician, artist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, percussion, bass
Years active1990–present
LabelsEpic, Immortal, Sony, Island
Associated actsIncubus, Sons of the Sea

Early life and IncubusEdit

Boyd graduated from Calabasas High School in 1994 and attended Moorpark College for two years before committing to Incubus. Brandon grew up in Calabasas, California with Ricky Taylor who inspired him to write music. His parents, Priscilla "Dolly" Wiseman and Charles Boyd, both of whom had experience in entertainment, had nurtured his artistic side since he was a child.[3] Other notable family members include his younger brother, Jason Boyd, the former lead singer of the band Audiovent, his cousin Berto Boyd, an accomplished Flamenco guitarist and composer, as well as cousin Sam Boyd, a professional motocross rider. In an interview, Brandon explained that he had "yet to stumble across his best work" because he lacked the ability to read music.[4]

Boyd designed concert fliers that advertised their early performances. At first, Boyd had copied several drawings from a sex education book that Einziger's mother had given them, but he decided to stop using it after several prospective fans had been confused by their fliers ("What kind of band is this?").[5] So the band had to retreat back to using their own artwork. He occasionally plays guitar during live performances and for bringing interesting instruments into his songs, such as the didgeridoo and djembe.[6]

His voice was part of what enticed Sony's Epic/Immortal Records, along with their self-released album Fungus Amongus and the band was signed in 1996. The band's first two releases on the label, Enjoy Incubus and S.C.I.E.N.C.E. went largely unnoticed in the mainstream, but subsequent releases Make Yourself and Morning View were commercial successes. Boyd attracted a large number of female fans. In a 2001 interview, Spin wrote "Considering his androgynous beauty and sweet demeanor, plus Incubus' kid-tested/mother-approved guitar rock, it's no surprise he's MTV's newest weapon of mass heartbreak. Girls scream for him to take his shirt off at Incubus shows (he usually obliges), and Teen People recently voted him one of 'The Hottest Guys in Music.' His sensitive-guy appeal sets him apart from today's testosterone-drunk rock".[7] The band's 2004 release A Crow Left of the Murder... has continued their success, nominating the band for Best Hard Rock Performance in the 2005 Grammy Awards. On November 28, 2006, the band released Light Grenades. On June 16, 2009, Incubus released a greatest hits album titled Monuments and Melodies.

In 2011 Incubus finished their seventh studio album If Not Now, When?, released on July 12, 2011, followed by a tour. It was their final release under Sony.

Boyd performing with Incubus in 2007.

On December 13, 2014 they performed their upcoming single entitled "Trust Fall" at KROQ. They announced the release of two EP's in 2015 with the first, Trust Fall, released on March 24, 2015 through Island Records.[8] On February 5, 2015, the single "Absolution Calling" was released. Two years later, in February 2017, Boyd and Incubus teamed with Skrillex on a collaboration that was released under the title "8" in April, 2017.[9]

Literature and fine artEdit

Boyd has written three books. The first, written in 2003, was White Fluffy Clouds. It was published by Endophasia Publications and mainly consists of his artwork, photography, song lyrics from Incubus, and additional writings and thoughts. His more recent publications include, From the Murks of the Sultry Abyss, was published by Endophasia in 2007, and "So the Echo" [10] was published in January 2013 and consists of his artwork from the past five years.

"So the Echo" visually weaves the last five years Boyd spent honing his craft and talents, both in his music and art. He took part in many different group and solo art shows and he used his artwork as a means for environmental activism.[11]

In recent years, Boyd has focused on making fine art, specifically painting, and on September 8, 2008 had the opening of his first solo show,[12] titled "Ectoplasm," at Mr. Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

Charity and activismEdit

In the spring of 2011, Boyd made a large mural at the Hurley Space Gallery in order to raise awareness about single use plastics and their harmful effects on the world's oceans.[13]

Boyd is involved with many organizations and charitable causes and in 2003, along with his Incubus bandmates, he founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit The Make Yourself Foundation, which has raised over $1.4 million for various philanthropic causes locally and globally.[14] The organization has awarded grant funding to over 60 nonprofit organizations.[15]

Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular 2014Edit

Boyd was selected to play the role of Judas Iscariot for the North American arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. He was to play the role starting June 9 through August 17. On May 31, the tour was canceled.

Solo careerEdit

On July 6, 2010, Boyd announced that his debut solo album, The Wild Trapeze was released.[16] On June 21, 2010, a music video for Boyd's first single from The Wild Trapeze, entitled "Runaway Train," was released online. A second music video was released for the album, for the song "Last Night a Passenger" in October 2010.

On January 18, 2013 Brandon announced his new band, Sons of the Sea. With Incubus on indefinite hiatus, Sons of the Sea will tour 2013 and 2014. On May 29, 2013 Brandon released a teaser video announcing the name of the album, Sons of the Sea. That same year, he embarked on a book-signing tour of the Northeast to coincide with his latest publication "So The Echo," as well as the release of "Sons of the Sea"'s eponymous record.

In 2014, Boyd was slated to play the role of Judas Iscariot for the North American arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar but the tour was canceled due to poor ticket sales.


Boyd is known for his wide variety of tattoos. On his forearms he carries the widely known mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, referring to the qualities of generosity, ethics, patience, diligence, renunciation and wisdom. Underneath that is a koi fish in red ink by Lars Johansson. On the inside of his right arm he has several tattoos, one once again incorporating the Tibetan mantra. Following the release of their album "A Crow Left of the Murder," he got an elaborate back tattoo featuring the common image of the All Seeing-Eye embedded in a pyramid.[17] He also has a tattoo of the Eye of Horus on his right ankle. Other tattoos include his parents' names (Priscilla and Charles) on his forearms, an owl on his back, one teardrop on his index finger on both hands, and a picture inspired by Aubrey Beardsley's famous art, "The Peacock Skirt", on his left arm.


With Incubus
With Sons of the Sea
Guest Appearances


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  2. ^ Ryan, Patrick (2013-06-20). "Video premiere: Brandon Boyd's 'Space & Time'". Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  3. ^ "Charles Boyd". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  4. ^ "A Pivotal Point: Interview with Brandon Boyd of Incubus". SF Critic. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  5. ^ "Incubus Band History". Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  6. ^ "Brandon Boyd". Jango Radio. Retrieved 2016-02-14.
  7. ^ SPIN Nov 2001, Vol. 17, No. 11
  8. ^ "Incubus premieres new single "Absolution Calling" — listen". February 5, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  9. ^ SKRILLEX [@Skrillex] (27 February 2017). "Been so rad working with @IncubusBand 🙌" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "So The Echo - About". Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  11. ^ "Art Duet » Brandon Boyd Bio". Retrieved 2016-02-14.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ [1] Archived February 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Art Duet » Brandon Boyd Bio". Retrieved 2016-02-14.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Art Duet » Brandon Boyd Bio". Retrieved 2016-02-14.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Join Incubus at Empire Music Festival & Explore the Ancient Mayan Ruins". The Make Yourself Foundation. Retrieved 2016-02-14.
  16. ^ "Brandon Boyd: The Wild Trapeze". CraveOnline. 2010-07-12. Archived from the original on 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  17. ^ "ImageShack - Best place for all of your image hosting and image sharing needs". Retrieved 2014-08-12.

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