Photo by Beau Roulette
Back in high school, a few friends and I painstakingly taught ourselves how to play Pardon Me and Drive on acoustic guitars, in attempts to impress girls. I mean, why else do you pick up an acoustic guitar? Ten years later, and I’m still listening to (and poorly playing) songs by Incubus.
So needless to say, I was pretty thrilled that I had a chance to ask Brandon Boyd, the lead singer of Incubus, a couple of questions. They just toured through the area (some of you might have caught them at Penn’s Landing) and are playing in Camden tonight.
Fun fact, Brandon not only spends a lot of his time writing music, but he also paints and writes books. And as a serious book and publishing geek, I asked him some questions about his literary and artistic pursuits.
So along with your music career, you paint, you’re into photography, you’ve written books… how do you manage to find a way to balance all of your passions?
I like to follow muse wherever she goes! Sometimes she wanders into bookish moods, sometimes into noise and I am compelled to organize notes and words into song, then occasionally she will sing to me from the backside of a camera. I made it sound a lot more esoteric than it actually is; I just really enjoy making things. Pulling thoughts, moods and landscapes out of the ether! There I go, back to the esoteric.
Speaking of those books, what are some of your major literary influences? How have they affected your writing?
A few of my favorites are Henry Miller, Tom Robbins, Robert Anton Wilson, Kurt Vonnegut, and William Burroughs to name just a few.
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
I read a short story by Henry Miller called The Smile At the Foot of the Ladder then went immediately into Eckhart Tolle’s Power Of Now. Just finished that this morning. Beautiful book, by the way.
Photo by Derek Bahn
Where can our readers scope out some of your visual art and your photography (besides in the books)?
I’ve been slow to make my photography easy accessible, truth be told. Mostly because I am still stuck on the last pangs of that old idea of ownership. Knowing that once you post it belongs to everyone! An idea I love theoretically, but am still wrapping my head around.
But in the meantime, my girlfriend steals photos from my computer all of the time that I take of her and I on some of our weekend warrior jaunts. She posts them on her Tumblr. Much of the blog is her visual and spiritual reference point but she throws in some pretty cool stuff from my light capturing box every now and again!
Any plans to tour art galleries with your visual art?
One day perhaps. I adore the idea of taking my art on trip! Know of any places I can put some holes in some walls?
Now, since we are a Philly blog, I have to ask… what’s your favorite thing about Philadelphia?
I love the bricks! California is almost entirely devoid of brick, maybe an unstable ground thing. But I love how red Philly is! Among other things. You guys seem to have a pretty good handle on that ol’ music thing as well. After all, we borrowed Ben Kenney from Philly!