Born February 15, 1976, Brandon Boyd grew up in Calabasas, California. In 1991 he began singing and writing song lyrics with high school friends in what would become the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling and internationally recognized rock band, Incubus. Having completed an extensive summer tour in support of their EP Trust Fall Side A, the band is currently writing and recording its counterpart, Trust Fall Side B. Upon its release, a worldwide tour will be planned.
Brandon’s life is one characterized by creativity and self-expression, and though best known as a musician he is also a visual artist for whom art has played a consistent and powerful role throughout his life. He is the author of three books combining his artwork, photography and creative writing: White Fluffy Clouds (2003), From the Murks of the Sultry Abyss (2007), and his most recent publication, So The Echo, released in September of 2013.
So The Echo visually weaves the past five years in which Brandon honed his craft, participated in an increasing number of group & solo art shows, and used his art as a tool for activism partnering with brands such as TOMS Shoes and Hurley. In the Spring of 2011, he created a massive mural at the Hurley )( Space Gallery and a series of original t-shirt designs in an effort to raise awareness about single use plastics and their harmful effects on the ocean.
Parts of the mural and project have since traveled to LACMA, the city of Cape Town, and to The Museum of Monterey where Brandon appeared to speak about art as a tool for activism. Increasingly aware of the power of public speaking, Brandon has participated in panels such as Chicago Ideas Week where he spoke amongst outstanding panelists about finding inspiration, innovation, and his creative process.
A firm believer in the opportunity to “give back”, Brandon is involved with many organizations and charitable causes, and in 2003 along with his Incubus band mates, founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, ‘The Make Yourself Foundation’, which has raised over 1.4 million dollars for various philanthropic causes both locally and globally.
Brandon, who is in a constant state of creation, released his second solo project, Sons of The Sea, in September of 2013 and lived up to what The Hollywood Reporter referred to as a ‘creatively abundant year'. The project, which was a collaboration between he and acclaimed producer Brendan O’Brien, was met with praise, outstanding press, and the group toured several major US cities in January and February.
Shifting creative gears in his own unique and versatile way, Brandon then showcased his visual art in Europe for the first time in March of 2014, participating in an exhibition in Zurich followed by sold out book signings and author Q&A’s in Paris and London. With his art in demand and collected throughout the world, he was again invited by international galleries to showcase his work and held exhibitions and art talks in Rome, Bologna, and Cologne in Fall 2014.
Brandon recently debuted a new body of work at Scope Art Fair during Miami Art Basel. Brandon is currently scheduling gallery shows and will begin to work on a new book next year.