Incubus is an American rock band formed in 1991 in Calabasas, California. The band Incubus has experienced several lineup changes throughout its career, but managed to maintain a consistent presence in the music industry. Incubus has released multiple albums that have received critical acclaim and commercial success, with hits that have charted globally. The band’s music has evolved over time, incorporating elements of alternative rock, funk metal, and experimental rock. They have been recognized with awards and nominations for their contributions to music, showcasing their impact on the rock and alternative music scenes.
Brandon Boyd has been the lead vocalist and occasional percussionist for Incubus since its formation in 1991. Boyd’s charismatic stage presence and lyrical prowess have played a significant role in defining the band’s sound. He is known for his wide vocal range and has contributed to all of Incubus’s studio albums, from their debut album “Fungus Amongus” (1995) through to their latest releases. Beyond Incubus, Boyd has pursued solo projects, including the release of his own albums and books, showcasing his versatility as an artist and a writer.
Mike Einziger, the band’s lead guitarist, has been with Incubus since its inception. His innovative guitar techniques and compositions have significantly shaped the band’s sound across all their albums. Einziger’s musicality extends beyond Incubus; he has engaged in various musical collaborations and contributions to film scores, demonstrating his broad talent in composition and production.
As the original drummer for Incubus, Jose Pasillas has been a constant member since the band started. His drumming style has been pivotal in crafting the rhythmic foundation for Incubus’s music, contributing to every album the band has released. Outside of Incubus, Pasillas has been involved in art projects, showcasing his creativity extends beyond music.
Joining Incubus in 1998, Chris Kilmore brought a new dimension to the band’s sound as a DJ and keyboardist, starting from the album “Make Yourself”. His work has added layers of depth to the band’s music through turntablism, electronic elements, and keyboard melodies. Kilmore’s incorporation of diverse sounds has helped evolve the band’s musical style over the years.
Ben Kenney became the bassist for Incubus in 2003, replacing former member Alex Katunich. Kenney’s debut with the band was on the album “A Crow Left of the Murder…” and he has been a part of every subsequent album. His versatile playing style and background in various genres have contributed to the band’s evolving sound. Kenney also has a solo career, having released several albums showcasing his skills as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.
Alex Katunich (aka Dirk Lance)
Alex Katunich, known by his stage name Dirk Lance, was the original bassist for Incubus. He was with the band from its formation in 1991 until 2003. During his tenure, Katunich’s funky and melodic bass lines were integral to the band’s early sound, contributing to albums from “Fungus Amongus” through to “Morning View”. After leaving Incubus, Katunich has been involved in other musical projects, exploring different styles and collaborations.
Gavin Koppell (aka DJ Lyfe)
Gavin Koppell, also known as DJ Lyfe, was Incubus’s turntablist before Chris Kilmore, joining the band in the mid-1990s. He contributed to the albums “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” and parts of “Make Yourself” before leaving the band. Koppell’s departure paved the way for Kilmore’s entry, which marked a shift in the band’s use of turntables and electronic elements.
Nicole Row joined Incubus as the bassist in 2024, bringing a fresh dynamic to the band’s rhythm section. Before becoming an official member, she toured with Incubus in 2023, showcasing her skills and chemistry with the band. In addition to her bass playing, Row contributes backing vocals and keyboards, adding new layers to Incubus’s sound. Her previous experiences include working with various artists and bands, which have honed her versatility and stage presence.
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