Basic Background Info

Birth: April 26, 1976
Location: Calabasas, California
Band: Incubus
Genres: Rock, Alternative, Funk Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


José Antonio Pasillas II did not begin drumming until he was ten. José Pasillas' natural musical talent was obvious—he required no lessons to get started. Air drumming while listening to famous drummers like Steward Copeland, Tim Alexander, and Chad Sexton, José taught himself technique. José Pasillas and his childhood friends, Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, and Dirk Lance, formed Incubus while they were still in high school.

Incubus started out covering bands like Metallica and Megadeth for fun. They did not envision a destiny too serious for themselves—that is, until they started getting good. Incubus first gigged at parties and did not begin writing their own music until a few years later. After amassing a measure of local notoriety, Incubus played the club circuit on Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. 

José Pasillas and Incubus released their first album, Fungus Amongus, in 1995.  The band had already been together for five years.  Showcasing an impressive blend of rock, hip hop, jazz, and metal, Incubus gained tremendous popularity and began touring with acts like Korn, Sugar Ray, and 311.

Today, José Pasillas II is still a faithful member of Incubus. He and the band continue to produce music and remain active philanthropists, all while touring the globe to promote their revolutionary “melting pot” rock music.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1995 Fungus Amongus Incubus
1997 Enjoy Incubus Incubus
1997 S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Incubus
1999 Make Yourself Incubus
2000 When Incubus Attacks, Vol. 1 Incubus
2001 Morning View Incubus
2004 A Crow Left of Murder Incubus
2006 Light Grenades Incubus
2011 If Not Now, When? Incubus


  • José Pasillas has never once in his drumming career had a formal lesson. He has taught himself everything he knows.
  • He was originally an art student before he became a drummer and still continues to create art on his free time.
  • José's nickname is Badmammajamma.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Shure
Sticks: Vater

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