16 August 2011

Exclusive Interview: Mayday Parade's Derek Sanders inspired by 'Eating Animals'


Punk/pop band Mayday Parade is known for creating catchy songs with gritty guitar riffs and powerful vocals. With the band's third studio album scheduled for release this October, we thought it was a great time to catch up with lead singer and vegetarian Derek Sanders for a quick Q&A.

On a personal note, I find Mayday Parade to be one of the best bands-- lyrically, melodically, and vocally. The band's music is unique to its genre and era, with every song telling a meaningful story. My favorite song "The End" is a great example, with symbolic lyrics, gripping instruments, and breathtaking emotion within the vocals. I am thrilled to have the honor to interview Mayday Parade's lead singer.

This Dish Is Veg: How long have you been a vegetarian?

Derek Sanders: About a year and a half.

TDIV: What inspired you to make the commitment?

Sanders: I had been thinking about it for awhile, I decided to eat less meat and that just turned into stopping entirely. I read this book called Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, I highly recommend it to everyone. Once you educate yourself on the factory farming process you can't think about eating meat the same.

TDIV: What has been your biggest benefit from being a vegetarian?

Sanders: When I'm eating healthy I can tell a big difference in how I feel throughout the day, and it just feels nice knowing that I'm not contributing to such a negative thing.

TDIV: Is anyone else in the band a vegetarian?

Sanders: Alex [Garcia (lead guitar)] is, and our tour manager Mike [Finn] is. We always work together on the road to find good veggie dishes.

TDIV: Is it difficult finding vegetarian-friendly food while on tour?

Sanders: Pretty much everywhere has something vegetarian-friendly to offer, although sometimes it's just a salad maybe. I really appreciate it when we find a place that has plenty of dishes without meat, and great vegan stuff is even better!

TDIV: What is your favorite vegetarian dish?

Sanders: My mom makes this killer vegan chili. I think it's pretty easy to make, and it's so good.

TDIV: Do you work with any animal welfare organizations?

Sanders: I've done a few things with PETA, but I should get more involved!

TDIV: What bands inspired you when you were growing up?

Sanders: Queen was always my favorite.

TDIV: What can we expect from your upcoming release?

Sanders: We made a record that we absolutely love, you'll love it too!

A special thanks goes out to Derek Sanders for taking time from his busy schedule to answer our questions.

Grab Mayday Parade's self-titled release October 4, or if you can't wait that long, check out the band's most recent effort Valdosta, available at Amazon.

Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

Photo credit: ILG media, used with permission