Incubus, Atreyu, Daft Punk, Kat DeLuna

Incubus

Incubus is a band that hails from Calabasas, California. It was formed by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while in high school in 1991. Incubus would later include bassist Alex Katunich and Gavin Koppell, though both of them would end up being replaced by bassist Ben Kenney and DJ Kilmore. On November 1, 1995 Incubus would release it’s debut album entitled “Fungus Amongus”. It was later re-released under Epic/Immortal on November 7, 2000 after popular demand. On September 9, 1997, they released their second studio album, S.C.I.E.N.C.E. The album has sold 740,000 copies in the US to date. In 1998, Incubus participated in the Ozzfest and Family Values Tour concerts and toured with System of a Down and Ultraspank during the fall. The band started branching out creatively and earned mainstream recognition with the release of their 1999 album Make Yourself. In 2001, Incubus became hugely successful with the single “Drive” and their follow up album Morning View. Their latest studio album, Light Grenades, debuted at #1 in 2006 and has received Gold certification in the U.S. Incubus has sold 18 million albums worldwide, and are set to release their first greatest hits album Monuments and Melodies in June 2009.

Atreyu

Atreyu is an American metalcore band that was formed in 1 998 in Orange County, California. The band consists of vocalist/lyricist Alex Varkatzas, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel, bassist Marc McKnight and drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller. The band was originally named “Retribution” but later changed their name to “Atreyu” after the character of the same name from the fantasy book (movie) The Neverending Story when they found out that another band had been using their original name. Atreyu released their debut album, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses on June 4, 2002, under Victory Records. The album has sold more than 240,000 copies worldwide to date. In the summer of 2002, Atreyu released their second studio album, The Curse. The album went on to produce two singles, “Right Side of the Bed” and “The Crimson.”. Atreyu released, A Death-Grip on Yesterday, their third album on March 28, 2006. A week after its release, it had sold more than 69,000 copies and started out at #9 on the Billboard 200. It has gone on to sell more than 340,000 copies. Atreyu has since released Lead Sails Paper Anchor, their fourth album in 2007.

Daft Punk

Daft Punk was formed when Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo met in 1987 on the grounds of the LycĂ©e Carnot, a secondary school in Paris. The two became good friends and later recorded demo tracks with others from the school.This eventually led to the formation of the guitar-based group called Darlin’ with Laurent Brancowitz in 1992. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo played bass and guitar, respectively, while Brancowitz performed on drums.The indie rock trio had branded themselves after The Beach Boys song of the same name, which they covered along with an original composition. Stereolab released both tracks on a multi-artist Duophonic Records EP and invited the band to open for stage shows in the United Kingdom. Bangalter felt that “The rock n’ roll thing we did was pretty average, I think. It was so brief, maybe six months, four songs and two gigs and that was it.”A negative review in Melody Maker subsequently dubbed the music “a bunch of daft punk.” Instead of dismissing the review, Bangalter and de Homem-Christo found it to be amusing. They then named the band Daft Punk. On January 20, 1997, Daft Punk released their debut album Homework. The album peaked #150 on the Billboard 200. It was later certified gold. SInce then Daft Punk has gone on to release two more studio albums which include Discovery and Human After All.

Kat DeLuna

Kat DeLuna is the stage name of Kathleen Emperatriz DeLuna. She was born on November 17, 1987 in the Bronx neighborhood of New York. As a child, DeLuna spent her time listening to Aretha Franklin and became interested in becoming a singer. At the age of 12, DeLuna was invited by Milly Quezada to sing with her on stage. In her freshman year of high school at Arts High School in Newark, NJ., Kat Deluna responded to an audition in The Village Voice and was accepted into an all-Latina, Hip Hop/R&B group called Coquette. In April 2004, she opened for J Records musician Cassidy as part of Coquette. DeLuna continued to pursue her dream of becoming a solo artist and at 15, she entered a Coca-Cola sponsored karaoke competition and she won. After the competition, Cuban salsa singer Rey Ruiz advised DeLuna to start writing her own music. DeLuna signed a contract with the production label, Global Music Brand founded by Tyrone Edmond. On August 7, 2007 she released her debut album, 9 Lives. It spawned a number of singles which include “Run the Show” and “Whine Up”. In September 2008 Deluna performed the US National Anthem at the Texas Stadium during the Monday Night Football game between the Cowboys and the Eagles. The performance garnered media attention because the crowd booed her during the performance. Time later labeled the performance the 8th worst National Anthem rendition. Kat Deluna is currently working on her second album entitled Inside Out.