Incubus’ Brandon Boyd Welcomes Music Industry Changes


Story by Anne Erickson

Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd discusses the changes in the music business over the past 20 years

Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd has seen quite an upheaval in his chosen profession of music. When Incubus first came up in the ‘90s, the music industry looked massively different than it does today. As they often say, the Internet changed everything, and Boyd doesn’t think the evolution of the music business is over.

Linkin Park and Incubus were two of the very few bands who kind of like got a gust of wind out of the old paradigm of the music industry, but survived out of it,” Boyd said during a press conferment for the two bands’ upcoming Honda Civic Tour.

“There are so many bands that, bands in a traditional sense, bands who write their own music, and perform their music, that didn’t survive that transition,” he added. “That fell by the wayside with the industry.”

Boyd went on to say that he believes change is the only constant in music. But, Incubus is ready. “Our technologies are a living system just like we are … and for us to expect them to remain constant is really just quite foolish… I think that the technology is going to shift probably sooner than any of us really realize. And that’s a really cool thing, because it keeps everyone on their toes. It levels the playing field, too.

“I personally, when all is said and done, I really welcome these changes. And they excite me. And they scare me at the same time, but I’m choosing to focus on the excitement.”

Incubus and Linkin Park head out on the Honda Civic Tour this Saturday (Aug. 11), beginning with a stop in Bristow, Va. The tour runs through Sept. 10 in San Diego.




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