I’ve always had a love for rock and alternative music thanks to the influence of my Kuya (older brother) ever since I was a teenager. When I found out about Switchfoot, I was excited to add a new band to my music collection. What made it even better was to find out that a Filipino-American was a part of the band. Jerome Fontamillas is the band’s guitar and keyboard player. In 2000, Fontamillas quit his day job and ended up joining and touring with Switchfoot shortly after the release of their third album, Learning to Breathe. His first release with Switchfoot was their 2003 release, The Beautiful Letdown. For those who are not familiar with Switchfoot, they are an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band’s members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals,guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals).
After early successes in the Christian rock scene, Switchfoot first gained mainstream recognition with the inclusion of four of their songs in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. This recognition led to their major label debut, The Beautiful Letdown, which was released in 2003. It went on to sell over 2.6 million copies and produced the band’s best-known singles, “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move.”
According to Jon Foreman, the name “Switchfoot” is a surfing term. “We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It’s about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.” Switchfoot also does a lot outside of the music scene, especially through their philanthropic efforts. The band has worked with Habitat For Humanity, the ONE Campaign and Invisible Children, among others. Notably, the band started its own charity called BroAm, a surfing event and auction hosted by Switchfoot benefitting StandUp for Kids.