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Ben Kenney Quotes


"I miss the guys. I miss going to far away places with the family that we've become. Over the years so many people have come and gone in my life and one of the most beautiful things is being able to stitch it all together by traveling and rocking with my guys. We're a damn good band. I'm so proud to be a part of it. Oh, and the food! On tour with Incubus I eat better than you can imagine. Then I come home and starve to death. And I miss Daniel, my guitar tech. Working with him is like having a secret service agent by your side at all times. There's a long list of things I miss. Hopefully it won't be too long before it comes back together again."

Would you rather live in outerspace or under the ocean?
"I'd rather live in space if the conditions were right. It would have to be a nice neighborhood too. I've become a diva in my old age. I would visit different oceans from time to time if I could afford the flights to other worlds. Living under the ocean would drive me nuts after a while. I get claustrophobic too."

"I look at myself as a musician first. I don’t really look at myself as a celebrity or someone who should have influence and I just try and keep my ego in check and just stay aware of the fact that I play music. I don’t think that anyone would care what I had for lunch so I don’t have a twitter account , I don’t think that it’s my job to be a personality in the world as much as it’s my job to just play music. I’m much more cut out for playing an instrument or writing a song than I am for dictating fashion and style."


"One of the biggest benefits of writing with a group like Incubus is that there are 4 other guys like myself who all have ideas and all are very competent and creative people and so there is a chance for it to be multi-dimensional and for things to be expanded beyond what any one person can do by themselves. So in the collective, things tend to have the potential to just have more depth."


"This just arrived from Chicago. I’m gonna call it Baby-J, or BJ, or The Prodigy. It’s a short scale Lakland 44-60 (30″) with Chi Sonic pickups in “Markus Orange”. I’m geeked out right now. Seriously, Lakland can build anything you can imagine. Time to shed."


“With the Roots there are just so many different elements it kind of, I don’t know, it’s definitely a serious musical challenge to play with them, I guess overall I’m more into rock than I’m into hip-hop. I’m 26 now, so it’s time to use what I have rather than try different things and I definitely have the ability to play rock music. I’ve never toured with a rock group, The Roots used to play with a lot of other hip-hop acts, but never with rock groups. It’s a different method of operation. Hip-hop dudes have a very predictable pattern of after-show activity and rock ‘n’ roll cats kind of thrive on the unpredictable.”
Meanstreet - 2002

"I was watching an HBO special on eating habits and different cultures, and they showed in China how people eat cats. ... I’m really fond of cats, and I happened to be sitting on the couch with my cat, and once I saw that, it just put everything in perspective. If I wouldn’t eat my cat—what’s the difference [between] eating a cat or a cow?
P.E.T.A.
2002

"I couldn't be happier than I am in Incubus," he says, "this is a dream come true for me, literally."
XPress Mag
2004

"When I first heard “Megalomaniac” on the radio, I was kind of scared. You can hear me so good you can see my shoes!
BassPlayer
2004


"I want to sound like James Jamerson on a rock track. When everything else stops and the bass keeps going, I want it to be that part where everybody says, “Oh, shit!”
BassPlayer
2006