XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Dan Kincaid: Yes! I’m proud to announce that on 10/31/2019, I released my first solo album, Persona Non-Grata. Persona Non-Grata was produced, arranged, mixed, and mastered by Christian Eigner of Depeche Mode and Niko Stoessl. I wrote all the lyrics and melodies and Christian and Niko took them to the next level. I’m extremely proud of this album! It is my soul on display in musical form. I’ve also released a lyric video for the first single off the album called “Living in Circles”. The video was created by Jacob Glover and includes artwork by Jonny Bush and a photo by Brandon Showers.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Dan Kincaid: I’m a solo artist at the moment, but as far as those involved in the creation of this album, I’ve been friends with Christian and Niko for about 4 years or more. We started working on the album before Christian went on the Global Spirit Tour and finished it up when he got back.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Dan Kincaid: I’ve always loved music. I remember riding around in the car with my mother and just being enamored by the songs on the radio. My mother had a pretty good taste in music.
Music was my escape. I spent most of my waking hours with my headphones on, listening to any music I could get my hands on. I had to wear the headphones because I tended to turn the volume up on my speakers past my parents liking. My father had an old classical guitar. One day I picked it up and started picking out the melodies to my favorite songs. I was hooked! My parents noticed that I had an ear for music and got me a great guitar teacher. I was all in at that point and decided that I was going to be the greatest guitar player in the world!
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Dan Kincaid: I have an eclectic mix of music I love. I love Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Prince, Motley Crue, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden, NIN and that’s just to name a few. I started out as a guitar player but when my search for a singer ran dry, I decided to step up to the role. At some point, I decided that writing great songs and connecting with people was more important to me than being the world’s greatest guitar player. As far as things I’ve done musically… since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve fronted Spit Out Star, SuperNo, Six Days ‘Til Sunday and I’ve played bass with some good friends in a band called Synical.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Dan Kincaid: I would call it modern glam rock. It’s flamboyant and dramatic at times, but it’s real. I poured my heart out on this one. Every one of these songs is a representation of what goes on in my head every day. I really had no agenda when I sat down to write this album. I just hit record and what came out, came out. It’s life on a platter. We all have our lows and highs. We’re all striving to overcome something. We’re all trying to be something more. It’s human nature. Persona Non-Grata is an honest representation of my life. I think the greatest thing about these songs is that they’re not complete until you add your own story to them.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Dan Kincaid: Currently I’m planning on creating some great videos, playing some amazing shows in Hollywood, and seeking out placements in film/tv/video games. I would love to get out there and tour if the right opportunity presents itself!
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Dan Kincaid: I love both equally. When it comes to songwriting it gets scary. You’re looking dead into the eye of silence and your goal is to fill that silence with something worth listening to. It can
be a daunting task. But once you hit the record button and things start to come to life, it’s the most rewarding feeling. Where there was nothing, now there’s a song, a piece of music, a work of art. It’s an amazing feeling! Now playing live… I love that! It feels like the days of old where you’re about to be thrown into the gladiator pit and you will rise or fall. I pace back and forth incessantly like a caged animal before I go onstage. Every one of my deepest fears presents itself in my mind. I need to be left alone for about 15 minutes before I go on stage to get my head right. Then the intro starts. The crowd starts cheering. The music starts and I walk onstage. All my fears are gone and I feel truly alive! I get to look my fans in the eye and express my feeling directly to them. It’s
where I feel most free! I live for both processes. The creation and performance.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Dan Kincaid: Its rock n’ roll, straight from the heart, real and relatable. If you put a confession to music, that would be “Persona Non-Grata”. There are heart-wrenching, gritty lyrics and melodies with hypnotic choruses that were created with the singular purpose of portraying the human experience. It’s life, with all of its ups and downs, in musical form.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Dan Kincaid: Creation. Creation is the best part of being a musician. To give life to something that would otherwise not have been. To be able to express yourself freely on your terms, for better or worse and then present it to the world. It’s a bit of an adrenaline rush.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Dan Kincaid: Once when I was on tour in Italy we were out at a local rock club and some of the locals didn’t quite care for the attention we were getting, so our tour manager got us out of there. We were all pissed at our tour manager for pulling us out of the club, but he later explained to us that it could have become a life or death situation, so kudos to him for wrangling us up!
XS ROCK: What's the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Dan Kincaid: I’ve had female fans tell me that they wanted to have my baby. That seemed a bit extreme. I offered them a picture or autograph instead. Much easier to care for! lol
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Dan Kincaid: My family has always been supportive of my music career. My wife and son are my biggest fans along with my mother, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and the rest of my family.
My friends are amazingly supportive as well. They believe in me even when my faith in myself slips. They’re there to slap me back into reality. They believe that I have something unique and special to share and that means the world to me!
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Dan Kincaid: Study the songs you love. Chord progressions, arrangements, lyrics, melodies, tempo and song length. Believe me, if someone told me this when I was starting out, I would have told
them to go fuck themselves. I was a fucking genius. But it gets worse. You’re going to have to study marketing, social media, and streaming platforms. You are now in an age where you’re competing quite literally in competition with every other band in the world. You’re going to need a leg up! It doesn’t matter how good your music is if nobody knows you exist. So, write great music and learn how to get it to the people who want to hear it!
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Dan Kincaid: I’ll have to get back to you on this one in 2020.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Dan Kincaid: There have been so many artists that have had an impact on me, but I would have to say that Bowie had the most impact on my approach to songwriting and presenting myself in the form of my choosing. I loved his “fuck all” attitude. He taught me a lot about writing what I wanted to write and being who I wanted to be. His fearlessness rubbed off on me. I am comfortable taking chances and dealing with uncomfortable situations. As a performer, that’s in the job description.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Dan Kincaid: David Bowie, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and Nine Inch Nails.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Dan Kincaid: Persona Non-Grata is by far my greatest accomplishment. It’s honest. It’s ugly. It’s beautiful. It portrays an inner battle of epic proportions and that is the truth of what my life has been for a long time. For anyone going through hard times, I hope they can draw strength from this album. I think my connection with my fans is greater on this album than it ever has been
and for me, that’s what it’s all about.
XS ROCK: If you weren't performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Dan Kincaid: It would probably be really boring. Like a computer programmer or something. I always wanted to be a fighter pilot, but my eyesight sucks!! lol
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Dan Kincaid: I love Shure microphones. All the vocals on the album were recorded with a Shure SM7B. Live, I prefer a Shure SM Beta 58. I’m currently playing B.C. Rich guitars through a 1972 Marshall MKII 50Watt head and an Ibanez Tube screamer through Marshall JCM 900 cabs. I like to keep it simple.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Dan Kincaid: I think it’s really up in the air right now. There are a lot of manufactured acts and there are some acts reaching notoriety doing something a bit different. I think music is wide open right now. People are looking for something real and fresh. I hope to be on that list.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn't know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Dan Kincaid: I am a true Gemini. I spend most of my days as a quiet introvert with not a lot of human contact. But the other side of me is an attention seeker who can’t wait to stand on the stage in front of you again and bare it all. I live my life in extremes.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you'd like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Dan Kincaid: First off, I’d like to say thank you to you for giving me the opportunity to do this interview! It is much appreciated! To my fans, you are the greatest! Thank you for listening to my music and for supporting me constantly. Without you, I couldn’t do this. You guys rock! I realize that you have the world at your fingertips and for you to make the choice to listen to me means the world to me. Much love to you all! I’ve just gotten started! This album is the best thing I’ve ever created. I’ll be making some great videos and doing some showcases in Los Angeles very soon.
I’ll also be hunting movie/tv/and film placements. I think a number of these songs would fit well on soundtracks. If the right opportunity presents itself, I would love to take this show on the