Published on February 21st, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders On His New “My Rock & Roll Heart” EP, Hobbies & More

Earlier this year it was announced that Derek Sanders, the long-adored frontman for the band Mayday Parade, had put together his first solo EP. Titled My Rock & Roll Heart, the EP was released on February 14th via Rise Records. Comprised of five stripped-back covers — tracks from Jimmy Eat World, Something Corporate, Saves The Day, The Juliana Theory, and local Tallahassee band Goodbye Love — the acoustic EP acts as a snapshot of songs that inspired him to be a musician in the first place. Notably, Sanders’ cover of Goodbye Love’s “But Lauren” — as written by his friend Mike Hanson — was something that Sanders had recorded and gifted to his wife for Valentine’s Day in 2017.

While Derek Sanders performed a trio of solo shows in support of My Rock & Roll Heart earlier this month, he is also keeping very active with the aforementioned Mayday Parade. Its North American headlining tour kicks off in early April with Grayscale and Point North also on the bill.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Derek Sanders by phone on February 17th about My Rock & Roll Heart, upcoming Mayday Parade plans, influences, hobbies and more. The full interview, as embedded below, will also appear on a future edition of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast. In the meantime, more on Sanders and his Mayday Parade bandmates can be found online at; Sanders also has a website at

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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