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Derek Sanders: “When I Was Younger I Never Really Considered Being A Rock Star”

Rock Sound
Rock Sound 6 February 2020 at 16.06

"The fact that there’s no sign of [Mayday Parade] slowing down now makes me feels very grateful" - Derek Sanders.

Inside the current issue of Rock Sound, we caught up with Mayday Parade frontman Derek Sanders, who is kicking it solo with an EP of covers set to drop on Valentine's Day. Check out the full interview inside the mag by picking up a copy now from SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV

In talking to Derek, he pondered what his life would have been like without music.

“I often think about all the different ways my life could have gone and the different things I could be doing. The fact that there’s no sign of [Mayday Parade] slowing down now makes me feels very grateful,” he shared.

“Yet when I was younger I never really considered being a rock star and living on the road. It wasn’t until I met Brooks [Betts, Mayday Parade guitarist] that things started to change. He was always the one who had the vision and drive to actually do things like print T-shirts and record demos and book shows. Without him, I don’t think I would be doing what I’m doing now.”

“When I was younger I remember saying that I would never get jaded. It’s not a choice though. That’s just life. Yet I know at some point Mayday Parade will not exist. When that moment comes I want to feel like we made the most of the time we had while we had it,” he added.

“I certainly hope that kid I was would be proud of who I am today. I feel like a huge part of my social awkwardness over the years has come from a lack of confidence and back then, I looked up to these bands to help pull me through. To think I would become that person for other people is pretty incredible.”


This is just a tiny taster! Read the full interview inside Creeper's issue of Rock Sound:

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