What is your religious background?
My parents were actually missionaries in the Philippines, so I was born in the Philippines. So I grew up in a missionary home. It has been a great journey. I’m glad that my parents brought me up in a Christian home so that later on in life when I was searching for what I believed in, that foundation was there.
Definitely. How do you maintain your spiritual life while on tour?
The great thing is that all of us are Christians. All of us are believers and we understand that we are accountable to each other. It’s important, especially because we not only play in Christian festivals but we play at like mainstream festivals. We go out there in pretty dark places and if you don’t have that strong bond of accountability with [your] band members, it’s really difficult and it could really bring you down especially when you play in front of a dark audience. I’m just really glad and blessed that the guys in the band are in the same journey as me and that our beliefs are in something bigger than the band. As believers, we join together and it’s important that we’re accountable to each other since we’re going out there. I don’t know how to explain it. It’s pretty awesome.
Outside of the music was that one of the things that I guess attracted you to Switchfoot?
Oh yes. Well I was friends with them before. My other band, we would play with them in California. So I knew them for awhile before and we just became really good friends and because of that they were like, “Hey, why don’t you join us?”
That’s cool. Sometimes it just makes sense like that.
Yeah, it’s crazy that the door just opened and they needed a keyboard player. What’s a really funny story is that I was working at a 9 to 5 job. It was my second day on the job and my job was in data entry and I really hated life. I just was not feeling it so during my lunch break I called Jon up and said, “Hey, do you still need a keyboard player because I really don’t like my job.” He’s like, “Yeah, sure, come on down.” So right after I got off the phone with them I quit and haven’t stopped since.
That is great. Now do you have a family?
I have a one and a half year old boy and it’s awesome. One of the best things in life is having a family.
How often do you get to see them?
As often as I can. You know, being on the road is difficult but nowadays they have video chat. You can communicate with them that way. It’s just awesome to be able to communicate with your family while you’re gone.
Yeah. I imagine that has changed things somewhat.
Yeah, it’s so helpful. It’s so helpful to be able to get in touch with your family especially with my little boy.