#RoadTripperMonday – a weekly feature of our very own Road Tripper.
Today, let’s get to know one musically inclined Road Tripper – Rob Equiza. Robbie joined us back in 2013 when we used to travel using one of the old aircon jeepneys. He joined Random Road Trip 3 where they braved the crazy waters of Bolinao, Pangasinan. His love for music led him to create his own band called Poor Dead Rats. He and his band has played twice for our Full Moon Party road trips. Robbie is an amazing musician, a great friend and the coolest dad ever.
Read more of Robbie here and get inspired!
1. What do you do for a living?
I work for a bank and I sing in a band called Poor Dead Rats.
2. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Getting lost in good music wherever I am. Whether it’s at the comfort of my home, or during travel, or while waiting in line, or at the beach – anywhere at all! I like to drown myself in songs, specially in really great albums.
3. What is the title of the movie about your life?
‘Robbed to Death: Struggling Artist, Corporate Slave’
4. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 16 year old self?
“Dude, get ready for a roller coaster ride! You may think that you have life figured out by now but it will always surprise you. It will grab you by the balls and turn everything around. Have goals but always be open to new learnings which may support or negate your current beliefs. However, do not be afraid. You will change but you will grow.”
5. If you can be teleported anywhere around the world, where would that be and why?
To the beautiful landforms of Iceland! Where I’ve always imagined myself walking along – isolated, disconnected and being one with its splendid weirdness.
6. Which celebrity would you go on a “one-night-only-date” with?
Laura Marling. The fragile yet very poetically rebellious artist in modern music.
7. You, unfortunately, have been condemned to die, but fortunately, you get to have any meal in the world before you go. What is your menu?
If I’m about to die and I know it, I think I would long to recall the simple food pleasures of my childhood. So give me champorado, tuyo, and hot pandesal! Oh and black coffee please!
8. If you could trade places with anyone right now, for a week, who would it be and why?
Jack White. Because he has all the artistic freedom in the world and is financially successful doing it. At the same time, he produces other musicians’ albums & singles and publishes books. He raises awareness in arts, educates, and challenges the way people think. And of course because he can travel anywhere he wants and perform his music anytime at all.
(Second honorable mention: Elon Musk. Because dammmmmn.)
9. Best present you have ever received.
My wonderful son is the best gift ever.
…But if it has to be a thing, then it would be the Sony Walkman I got from my Ninong when I was in my teens. [Refer to answer to question number 2 for explanation.]
10. If you could meet a famous or not so famous person, who would that be and why?
Eddie Vedder. I think he’s a genuinely nice guy. Adding to the fact that he’s an amazing songwriter, he’s not afraid to speak his heart out about anything, not ashamed of his scars, and he aged really well – a man who is very full of wisdom. He’s one of my Buddhas.
11. How old should a person start traveling?
Any age! Anytime you feel like doing it. One is never too young nor too old to travel. Going to places you’ve never been to before is one of the ultimate joys in life – it allows discoveries outside and inside yourself.
12. What is your best experience in traveling/living in the Philippines?
All the local trips I’ve been in are special in their own ways. Each is a unique experience. Not one is the same with another. And that’s exactly what I love about my country. It’s so diverse and you won’t run out of destinations.
13. In one sentence, how would like people to remember you?
I don’t really know, to be honest. Ask me tomorrow. Or ask me when I’m about to die while eating champorado, tuyo, and hot pandesal.
Although it would most probably be about something related to my music and arts and ideas and friendship and family and I have to stop now before I get too mushy and sugar-coated.