For the last 20 years, Jose Pasillas has traveled the world as a collaborative anchor in one of rock music’s most critically applauded and commercially successful bands, as the drummer of Incubus. Revered for his work on the skins, Pasillas is now garnering praise for work in a whole new medium.
Describing himself plainly as a lifelong student of all things artistic, Pasillas, while delivering the percussion on everything Incubus has ever recorded, has always continued his passion for visual art. From CD artwork to band gear, fans of Incubus have likely seen Pasillas’ work and just never knew it. As news of the band’s hiatus broke this last summer, it seems as though Pasillas is ready to emerge from behind the drum kit into an all new spotlight. Harnessing the same love for music that has made him one of the genre’s most respected names, Pasillas has created a visual experience that manages to freezeframe rhythm in a way few others have imagined. Jose Pasillas has always been an artist, however, this time, he is going at it all on his own.
“As far back as four, five, six years old, I can always remember drawing. My Godmother was someone I was really close to and she would always put a pencil and paper in my hand to occupy my time,” Pasillas recalled. During the garage days of Incubus, both Pasillas and frontman Brandon Boyd were art students at Calabasas High. The common ground would only lend itself to the creative output of the band throughout their career. “I did lots of artwork for the band, t-shirts and album art. There were always some parallels there musically and visually. I had always gotten compliments on my work and really felt like it was time to do something of my own.”