Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders and Brooks Betts have been playing together since they were 12 years old. Throughout high school, the two played in various bands and interations and “essentially worked as hard as we could to make our dream come true.” From the time we started playing together, Derek explained in a phone interview, “it kind of took over our lives — our focus and energy was on the band.” It might sound a little Hollywood-movie-esque, but coming from Derek in, it’s clear that it’s also true. And since lots of bands find each other when a manager hooks them up as a part of a marketing plan, it’s refreshing to hear it.
The other band members, Jeremy Lenzo, Alex Garcia and Jake Bundrick, eventually hooked up with Derek and Brooks, and the five have been playing together for about six years, and doing A LOT of touring, which Derek partially attributes their success to. They also like touring (when we spoke they were heading out to meet up with We The Kings and The Downtown Fiction) which doesn’t hurt. As far as the music, “it’s been different for every album, but usually we work on it together. We’re very proud of and happy with this album” he shared. That perspective also speaks to the advice Derek would give to a young musician — “take it seriously, work hard and have a positive attitude.”
Want to hear more? You can listen to three tracks from the new album right here, and find the guys on Facebook to keep up with all that touring.
“Call Me Hopeless, Not Romantic”
“When You See My Friends”
“You’re Dead Wrong: