Music just one of Incubus frontman’s many pursuits 

Brandon Boyd may be rock’s ultimate renaissance man. The longtime Incubus bandleader is also a surfer, painter, author, transcendental meditation proponent and — with last year’s “The Wild Trapeze” — a solo artist. Even his website is divided into two categories: art, featuring a recent sketch of his hairless cat Nin for Los Angeles’ popular Cat Art Show, and music, featuring Sons of the Sea, his new project with producer Brendan O’Brien, whose self-titled debut disc is a delightful, pop surprise. Boyd sees creativity as a multilimbed deity. “There are other arms besides Incubus, and some of them want to draw, and some want to make different kinds of music with different people,” he says.

Your fans are really serious about you. Have there been any crazy Kathy Bates “Misery” ones? Unfortunately, yes. There have been a couple that had that look in their eyes — that “I want to play in your blood” kind of look.

Your scariest run-in? It was three years ago, right after a gig of ours. All the guys were in the dressing room, and I was walking my bag and my bicycle to our tour bus when this kid came up to me and he was sweating really bad and his pupils were really dilated. He was definitely blasted on something and he started immediately into, “I made you sing that song tonight! I’m the one who’s controlling you because you’re my dragon brother!” I tried to keep it light, but it went dark really quick when he lunged at me. Luckily, some security guards ran him off.

How many art works are you juggling right now? Quite a few. I participate in group shows more often, like this cat art show. And I just put out a new book, “So The Echo,” too. I love being in a creative headspace and heartspace, because I like to busy myself with projects and collaborations.

What art supplies do you prefer? On canvas, I use acrylic paint. And if I’m doing more fine art stuff on paper with ink, I’ll use a specific brand of pens called Microns. But if I’m doing larger-scale stuff like murals, I love Krink oil-based pens. They’ll write on any surface.

You and Diana Garcia just painted a Venice Beach mural at Another Kind of Sunrise cafe. Were you recognized? There was an alley where the mural is, so it was kind of hidden. So some people would come by to see what was going on back there and recognize me from my musical pursuits. But not that many — it was very manageable. But most of the times with fans, it’s hugs and kisses and well-wishes and mutual respect. Fortunately!


Brandon Boyd & Sons of the Sea

Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $26.50

Contact: (415) 346-6000,

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