We had the good fortune of connecting with Broc Sanders and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Broc, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I feel like ever since I turned 18 and started living on my own, risks have kind of been a theme in my life. I’ve never been one to let myself ever get too comfortable or complacent. To be honest all of the risks I’ve taken weren’t something I ever thought too much about, I’ve always just followed my heart.

Risks have really changed the trajectory of my life, and most of them have involved joining bands and hitting the road to play wherever people were willing to let us. Almost all of my risky actions were for the experience, to get out there and be able to say I was doing it, doing what I always dreamt of, what my heroes have all done before me. These risks have cultivated the crucial experiences that I needed to gain in order build myself into the musician I’ve always wanted to be.

Later in life I realized that putting all of my eggs into the basket of drumming might pay off so I started to learn photography as a back up plan. I started taking paid jobs that I might not have been ready for early on, but if it weren’t for taking those risks of totally dropping the ball, which I have done, I wouldn’t have forced myself to grow and learn in new and exciting professional avenues.

Risks have made me want to better myself!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always wanted to consider myself an artist, but always struggled with self identifying as one for some reason. Im not sure exactly why, I think we are all kind of haunted with that feeling self doubt. But, Ive always believed I could be recognized as someone with an original style and artistic vision when it comes to my drumming and photography. I think being self taught in a lot of what I do does set me apart from other people in a way. Not everything I do is as traditional or by the book as other drummers and photographers out there and I like that. I don’t want to sound or look like anybody else.

As far as challenges go, I cut off my left thumb when I was 19 in a wood mill back in Central Oregon where I am from originally. Being an aspiring drummer, this wasn’t exactly an ideal turn of events haha! The next day I had surgery, and a show to play 3 days later! So, I taped the drumstick around my wrist with electrical tape and played the show stitches and all! I had to relearn how to play with my left hand and just had to make it work. On the other hand, (pun intended) coming from a place of not really having a mentor or someone inside the industries that I am trying be a part of can be a challenge in itself, but that’s what life is about, overcoming those challenges and manifesting whatever you want in this life by working hard and never giving up. I set out to become a musician and have taken every opportunity possible to pursue my dream as a professional touring drummer without having anything really handed to me, I’m still not exactly where I would like to be but I am proud of where I am and will always work hard to get where I want to be.

My goal is to continue this path of creating, learning, spending my time working on the things that I really enjoy doing and experiencing everything that I can. I hope inspire other people out there just like me that you can do whatever it is that you want to do if you believe in it and in yourself.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Beach day at blacks beach taking the real hike down, and make them play some spike ball with me haha. Grab the best tuna sandwich in San Diego from Darshan in Encinitas. Go to a Padres game and see a show at the Belly Up. Skate the mission beach boardwalk. Hit all the dope spots downtown and drag them to a show of my own with The Resinators. We’d probably hangout in OB a lot because it’s the best place to be in SD!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My first shout out has to go out to my parents. Thank you for raising me right, indulging in any and all of my talents, and allowing me to drive the neighbors crazy for years while I practiced for a few thousand hours giving me the opportunity to become the drummer that I am today. I love you both so much. Second shoutout goes out to all of my current and past bandmates who have been willing to be crazy enough pursue a career alongside myself that is one of love and passion and may not have always been smooth sailing. Special shout out to my current brothers and band mates Kyle and Kevin, finding you guys four years ago and bringing me into your family has been the largest progression of myself and the musician I am today, I wouldn’t be who I am now without you! Huge shoutout my girlfriend Nicole, thank you for being my biggest supporter and source of inspiration. You’ve been my rock, my teacher, my teammate, and my everything, I love you. Lastly, shoutout to all of my family, friends, and fans who have ever come out to a show or supported me in any way I love you all and am so incredibly grateful. You’re the reason I continue to do what I love to do.


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