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American band Incubus is set to drive our emotions once again as they return to Manila for the third time this February!

And before their upcoming tour in Asia, MB Life got the chance to interview Incubus’ lead guitarist and songwriter Mike Einziger about their album 8, the meaning behind the song “Loneliest,” and their collaboration with Skrillex.

You guys will be having a concert tour in Asia, how excited are you with this especially your 3rd time here in the Philippines?

I love the Philippines. We love playing in the Philippines because it’s always an amazing experience for us. Some of our best audience in the world are in the Philippines. I truly mean it when I say it. Our fans there are among the loyal fans in the world.

How’s the experience writing and producing songs included in the album 8?

It’s been six years since our last full-length album. We put out an EP on 2015, but it’s been a while and we know that we’re really getting older. Ha ha! A lot of us has different interests outside the band but at the same time we see the band a s a life-long venture and commitment.

That’s why for me it’s really a great experience to be back again and produced a great album.

Can share your experience collaborating with Skrillex in co-producing the songs? 

The album came together when we started working together with Skrillex. Sonny is a really good friend of mine and he’s a great guy. We made a lot of music together before working on this album.

So there’s one day and he came and he hang out with us. The next thing we know is that we’re already working together. It just happened as a result of our friendship. To me, that’s the best way to make music. That’s the most real and tangible way.

Speaking of collaborations, do you guys have any dream collaborations in the future? 

We’re always talking about collaborations. One of the awesome things we did recently was to play “Aqueous Transmission” with Solange Knowles. She’s awesome and we love to do something with her. We’ve been talking about it for a while. It’s just a matter of timing. But we’ll figure it out at some point.

What makes it different from the band’s past albums?

An album is a series of pictures in a certain time and in a certain place. There are things that are the same but life changes overtime. I think this album was made differently than the other albums. The final phase of the album actually was coming off Sonny’s laptop. Ha ha. I think it was really an interesting working experience. And for me, change is exciting. The evolution is really exciting.

You guys recently released a music video for the song “Loneliest,” and we can say that the song is really emotional. Can you tell us the story behind the song?

That song was actually one of the first songs that we wrote for the album 8. It was written by Brandon and I. It just started out as a really simple song about being lonely. And that’s one of the things that’s so great about it. Its simpicity and how easy it is to understand. I also love it because it really showcases Sonny’s production. I feel that the song really highlights our songwriting skills.

Organized by Ovation Productions, Incubus Live In Manila is happening on February 17, Saturday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. For tickets, visit Ticketnet here.

Listen to 8 here:

Watch the official music video for “Loneliest” here:


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