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Brandon Boyd interviews on 'So The Echo'

For musician-artist Brandon Boyd, frontman of the multi-platinum rock band Incubus, creative expression is a way of life.

Artwork from Brandon Boyd's 'So The Echo'
Artwork from Brandon Boyd's 'So The Echo'
Brandon Boyd
Brandon Boyd, frontman of Incubus, interviews on 'So The Echo'
Brandon Boyd, frontman of Incubus, interviews on 'So The Echo'
Brian Bowen Smith

Having recently released his third book of art and creative writing, entitled So The Echo, Boyd is currently in Europe for book signing events and an exhibit of his visual art in Zurich, Switzerland. This follows his successful book signings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. The international book signing locations include Zurich, Paris, and London, as he also promotes the release of his new Sons of the Sea album in Milan and Berlin.

Alluring images and words envelop the pages of So The Echo, providing an intimate look at his contemplations while on tour and while meditating on the human experience. Comprised of a captivating collection of illustrative sketches, ink pieces, watercolors, and photography, So The Echo reflects Boyd's innate, creative calling.

In this interview, just before the signings in Europe, Boyd describes the process of releasing his visual art:

L.C. What was the experience like for you bringing your artwork together into this cohesive and beautifully designed book?

B.B. Every time I have put a book together with the intention of sharing it with people, I end up unearthing older material as well as sifting through the newer stuff. So this curation process becomes a bit like a walk through the last 3-5 years of my life. Reading old journal entries, looking at photographs, perusing forgotten sketchbooks, etc. Then once you've decided on what gets to stay and what must be burned, the process of building a visual narrative comes into play. That ends up being really fun as well because it forces you to see your work in ways you perhaps had never intended.

L.C. Many of your images seem to invite discussion of viewer perception, especially with your inclusion of the Rorschach inkblot technique and your reflections on human consciousness. What is the intended cognitive impact of your imagery on the viewer?

B.B. I have no real intention when I am making these pieces, and even less expectation. They're more like geysers that I am aware are about to erupt so I set up cameras and other tools to document their brief visits. Hopefully spraying whoever is present and leaving them smiling, perplexed and intrigued.

Continue to part two of this interview with Brandon Boyd as he discusses his inspiration>>