By Jay Tilles
Mike Einziger has dabbled quite a bit here and there in music the last few years, from playing an integral role in Avicii’s smash “Wake Me Up” to recording his own song — the first time he contributed lead vocals — to an upcoming project with Pharrell, Hans Zimmer and more.
But that doesn’t mean the Incubus guitarist has become completely detached from his old band. In fact, they’re working on new material right now.
“Me and Brandon have been scheming the last couple of weeks,” Einziger told Radio.com. “There’s definitely going to be new music. It probably won’t happen until next year but it’s happening.”
Einziger said the duo has been locking themselves in a room for a few hours here and there — “like little bits here and there. You know everybody’s got a lot of things going on but we’re slowly bringing out focus back to the band and everybody’s excited about it because we’ve had enough time away from it to where it’s exciting for everyone. There’s definitely some really great stuff coming.”
That doesn’t mean that stuff will be coming anytime soon. Though content has come from the sessions, much of it is in its infancy in terms of development; “They’re ideas but some are further along than others,” Einziger said.
“Our plan as of now is put new music out probably early enough in the year that we would be set up to go out and do full touring in the summertime of next year.”
During the band’s time away from each other, Boyd released one solo album under his own name and another under Sons of The Sea, while Einziger accidentally (and successfully) delved into EDM, with “Wake Me Up” hitting No. 1 in 32 countries.
Meanwhile, Einziger has his days full promoting “Til Everyone Can See,” a track co-written by fiancée Ann-Marie Simpson. Created to bring attention to the Red Card To End Child Labor campaign, the song features Pharrell, Travis Barker, composer Hans Zimmer, composer Dom Lewis, pop singer LIZ and Minh Dang, a former child sex slave.
“It’s really challenging to write material like that that will be uplifting and at the same time trying to make people aware of a really critical and dire situation, and also make it accessible,” Einziger, who performed lead vocal duties for the first time, added.
The guitarist will fly to Tennessee this weekend for a performance at Bonnaroo as part Skrillex‘s “Superjam.” Among the artists expected on stage during the Saturday night set are Zedd, Damian Marley, Janelle Monae, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Mickey Hart, Chance The Rapper, Warpaint, Thundercat and the Big Gigantic.
“It’s a really great group of different musicians,” enthused Einziger. “We’re playing a lot of different music. The set list is crazy.”