One band that has consistently impressed me from the time I could buy a cassette with my own cash to this very day has been Voodoo Glow Skulls. With their unique blend of punk and ska, they have pushed the envelope and redefined both genres as their own. Frontman Frank Casillas is a an absolute wildman on stage, but also a proud and dedicated father. Get to know one of my favorite singers and an all around awesome guy.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My name is Frank Casillas, and I am the frontman for the punk/ska band Voodoo Glow Skulls. It is very hard to find a good balance between being in a band, on tour all the time, and fatherhood. You really have to have a strong foundation at home, and a strong woman behind you. You find yourself doing a lot of long distance parenting via the telephone and Internet. No matter what, it’s inevitable that you have to miss things like school recitals, an occasional birthday, and other key moments. That’s what makes it really tough! But you make the best of it while at home with your family, and you hope that your children understand, and forgive you down the line. But in all honesty, there is no real way to plan and balance it out. Unless, you are a mega star who can afford to take the family along? You just try your best to cherish your family time at home, and stay in touch as much as possible from the road.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Well, your children are pretty much an extension of yourself, and your life. So for me, it’s all about trying to instill the good values and morals that I picked up from my parents, and teach my kids to be the best humans as possible.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Becoming a father definitely grounded me, and taught me how to be less selfish, and carefree as I was before. Something about creating a new life that came from you, makes you look at things in a different way.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Having a family, teaching, and providing for a new life.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
I took my son on tour with my band one summer when he was like 8-9 years old. He ended up being the most popular person on the tour! Guys in the other touring bands really enjoyed playing catch, skateboarding, and just having a kid around on tour. It was cool having everyone embrace him, and enjoy having a child on the road.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Just try to be there for your kids as much as possible. Teach them to be independent, and good humans. Because before you know it, they’re grown up, and gone.
Thanks so much Frank! I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. You have provided me with so much inspiration through the years, and your music has had such a huge impact on my life. It’s great to learn about your role as a father, and how you continue to inspire.
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