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May 4, 2006

Switchfoot's Jerome Fontamillas Chooses Korg

Alt-rock favorites Switchfoot have toured practically nonstop for over 10 years, playing to an ever-growing fan base. Most recently, they’ve been out supporting their gold album Nothing Is Sound, the follow-up to 2003’s major success, The Beautiful Letdown.

Jerome Fontamillas, keyboardist and self-styled ‘tweaker’ for Switchfoot, showcases a few pieces of essential road gear on tour: the new Korg TR Music Workstation, along with his KP2 KAOSS Pad and microKORG. Fontamillas comments, “There are a couple of things Korg does that no other keyboard companies do. There is this feature called RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) that no other keyboard manufacturers can emulate. And because Switchfoot is a live band, we have to trigger everything live. That function is the one thing I value most about my Korg gear. The new TR has it, and when I was using the TRITON Classic, it had it as well. I love it.” Fontamillas adds, “I grew up in an analog world, so everything I know and learned about keyboards had to do with tweaking knobs, filters and oscillators. When I saw the new Korg RADIAS it really got my juices flowing. The possibilities are endless. I do use an analog keyboard live, and I’m thinking the RADIAS has a lot of versatility. I could see myself using it live.”

Korg TR

Korg TR

Switchfoot, already heading out on their second tour of 2006, have completed a new video for the single “We Are One Tonight.” For more information, visit or

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