Rock the Votes Ambassadors

Featured Rock the Vote Artist

Rockin Playlist
Song Name Artist Album Genre Time
1. The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues) Switchfoot Hello Hurricane (Deluxe Version) Alternative 3:47
2. Your Love Is a Song Switchfoot Hello Hurricane (Deluxe Version) Alternative 4:20

Switchfoot Switchfoot

Chad of Switchfoot

Tell us about your first concert experience:
During my 7th grade year there was a festival called X-fest at SDSU in San Diego featuring New Order, Sugarcubes with Bjork, and De La Soul. A really eclectic lineup for a festival, I guess that only really happens in San Diego. I convinced my dad to drop me off to meet up with friends from school. My sheepskin Ugg boots and white turtle neck stuck out like a sore thumb in the mosh pit, but the closer I got to the stage the less I cared what I looked like. I remember the lightshow and the ringing in my ears when I laid in bed that night. De La Soul and Bjork stole the show, I bought both cassettes at the Wherehouse the very next day.

If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
I grew up dreaming of becoming a pro-surfer, traveling the world and surfing in new places. When it became apparent that I wasn't going to win a surf contest anytime soon I went to college and thought I'd be a high school teacher, maybe history or science. I liked the ideas of having summers off to travel and surf.

If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Stevie Wonder. I grew up listening to his music on my walkman and trying to play drums to his songs in my garage. It's a little known fact he played drums on his records. I'd love to sit in and just watch him do his thing.

If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
Well, first I'd have to fulfill a promise I made when running for office in high school, I'd need to make A&W Rootbeer flow from all the drinking fountains on campus :) In all seriousness I'd focus on cleaning up the Ocean.

What social cause is closest to your heart?
Homeless teens in our own backyard, check out Standupforkids.org.

What does the right to vote mean to you?
The privilege and responsibility to make my voice heard given to me by my grandfathers who fought for our country.

What bands or artists did you listen to when you were in high school? And which bands or artists influenced your style the most?
In high school I discovered Nirvana, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone. The biggest influence on me was watching local San Diego bands like Rocket From the Crypt, Three Mile Pilot and Heavy Vegetable.

What activity or group were you involved with in high school that might surprise people today?
I won my high school's annual "air-band" contest dancing and lip synching to a Sly and the Family Stone song called "Chicken". I wore an afro wig and bell bottoms, I looked awesome.

What's the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in high school? (could be personal or academic)
Fashion and hair. I tried to fit in by wearing different looks until I realized that clothes don't make the man.

Do you do any volunteer or community work when you're not on tour?
Yes, we are involved with Stand Up for Kids in San Diego and Habitat for Humanity in various cities around the US.

What change would you like to see in our society in the next year?
People giving back to their community, if you can't donate money donate your time.



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