Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Label Incubus Hybrid Rock -- but with a DJ Power-Pop Phantom Planet Opening

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Label Incubus Hybrid Rock -- but with a DJ Power-Pop Phantom Planet Opening

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Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer

In general, it's safe to say that DJs in rock bands are about as necessary as a sixth toe.

"I'm a little more integral part of the band than most DJs are," said Incubus turn tablist Chris Kilmore, acknowledging some of his colleagues' superfluous roles.

"If you don't hear me, the songs sound pretty empty," he said.

"I don't just scratch. There's a lot of texture stuff I do. I do a lot of the backup vocals. I do all the strings that you hear on the album. I'm doing guitar parts. I'm doing drum fills and beats. So, you might not know what I'm doing, but you'll definitely hear me."

The whole idea of a rock DJ surfaced a few years ago when Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and other hard rock bands used turntables to lay hip-hop beats and scratches over walls of gut-busting guitar.

The resulting sound spawned rap-metal, a hybrid genre that not everyone liked.

Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger is on the record as calling rap-metal, "pathetically ridiculous" and "a very horrible place to be."

Incubus does not rap, and they're borderline metal at best. They fit into no niche. In fact, perhaps more than any other band, Incubus represents the sound of today's mainstream rock music, broadly defined.

Want a rock band for the time capsule representing the early 2000s? Incubus is it.

Their music is the patchwork sound of a California dormitory hallway with every doorway open and every stereo on. Their great trick is in integrating the different sounds without making it seem obvious or contrived.

"I think a band is supposed to lock together," Kilmore said.

"Sometimes you can't distinguish the bass and the guitar. Things are supposed to blend. Everything's supposed to blend perfectly and be used in just the right amount. And that's what I try to do -- I just treat myself as another musician and try to fill in holes and come out in the front and just try to texture everything to make it all sound complete. …

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