WHO IS SANDER LUUK?
STRUGGLES OF MUSTAMÄGI
Sander was born and raised in Tallinn, Mustamägi. He was an athlete back in primary school and played handball in Club Mustamägi, but this ended early at the age of 13-14 due to school bullying. Sander has said that he has forgiven them and hopes his classmates have learned something about it by now.
As a young teenager, Sander was a problematic child as many others who grew up and lived in Mustamägi. Power games, alcohol and mass fights were a daily part of life. Sander had to repeat the class due to both health issues and bad habits. He doesn't think back often about these times, but has come to accept it - it's a part of him. In 2000, when Sander was 16 years old, he discovered punk rock for the first time.
Sander has always mentioned that punk-rock saved his life. Punk-rock helped him get rid of his bad habits and "bad friends". Many of them "bad friends" are now six feet under the ground. And he doesn't care for the rest anymore.
Sander was listening to local punk-rock bands from where he found the way to foreign bands. This inspired him to buy a Millenium Drum kit in 2004, which at that time cost 4,000 kroons. Sander brought the drums to his apartment, where his new hobby met a quick end two weeks later. Since the neighbors got angry, he then practiced in Viimsi with his friends and in public rehearsal rooms, one of which was the famous rehearsal room of Pets in Telliskivi.
Sander has been playing drums for 14 years now. He studied the instrument independently, without the help of a teacher. He thinks himself as a mediocre player, saying that his muscles were taught incorrectly, and now it is difficult to retrain. But people around say that Sander plays well and has good energy. At that same time, he began to visit the Puntala Rock Festival and found many acquaintances and friends from Finland.
MOVING TO TARTU
In 2005, when Sander was in the 11th grade, he was recruited for the Estonian army. A year later he continued with his schooling. He graduated as an automation/electrician specialist and worked for several years at Loo Electrical Engineering. In 2009 Sander joined the Energy Efficiency Specialty Section of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Although he knew a couple of people in Tartu, he didn't really have any friends there. Most of the time was spent on studying and doing homework. And because Sander is a dyslexic, it was more difficult for him. Sander spent two birthdays at home studying. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree, but doesn't plan to go into the Master’s program.
In 2010, Sander met with the younger punk generation in Tartu and thus the band Project Dekadenz was born, which has been operating to this day. The members have changed in the band, but they have maintained good relationships with the former members. The community is strong, and if needed, they will give each other a helping hand.
When the rehearsal room in 2011 was moved to the cellar of Tartu Rokiklubi, it was there for only a year until Crystal Cloisters decided to move from there along with their technique. The room was wet and damp and it was devastating to the technology. It was then necessary to decide whether to end it all, or to take a loan in order to purchase important items. The group took a loan and a small technical park was purchased. A new era started with their own rehearsal room.
As time went by demand for technology grew and Sander began to organize concerts. Tartu scene at that time was small, no events were held, and foreign bands rarely came to Tartu. Thanks to Sander and others, the Tartu community has grown, and he is glad about it: "Our family has grown stronger.
When the humidity and mold were starting to get on their nerves at Rokiklubi cellar, they moved to larger premises in 2013. Concerts could be held at more suitable grounds. Tartu's alternative music growth was possible with the help of Anna Haava 7a squat. It was convenient to invite foreign bands to Tartu and accommodate them at the squat. Sander himself lived in a dormitory then.
In 2016, Sander continued his studies at the Tartu Vocational Education Center in the area of web design and programming, but left school and continues to study on his own.
However, the saga of the rehearsal rooms was not over. There were still problems with the humidity. By December 2017 every weekend they were met with a flood. Thus, in the spring of 2018, new and even larger rooms were found where construction is under way. Everything is done on a voluntary basis with its own strength, without the support of the city or other institutions. The performances of the musicians are supported by the visitors. Sander holds relationships with bands and other people more important than money.
THE MAIN ORGANIZER OF SKENERAATOR FESTIVAL
Punk rock made Sander look at the world in a different light. But the concert of Downfall of Gaia and Morne's brought a big breakthrough within himself, which he describes: "Imagine you're sober and in such a trance and moment of ecstasy, that time loses any importance, because how else can you lose yourself for 45 minutes and then wake up at the end of the concert, suddenly opening your eyes. It was a fierce feeling.” Sander has his favorite bands from the past, he listens to many different music and discovers more rock music from one side or the other.
Sander and Raik Sõster had already discussed the idea of organizing a festival in 2012. Sander is rather glad that at that moment it was not yet done: "We did not have the proper technique and knowledge, it would have probably burn out very quickly." Due to organizing different concerts in Tartu and Tallinn, they got good experience and then the first Skeneraator was organized in 2016. Of course, it was not possible to manage the festival alone, but fortunately there are good friends who offered help and support and, most importantly, believed in them! Sander thinks that without the scene of Tartu and organizing events, he would just move to another town.
Now the team of Skeneraator has grown. Together the festival is kept viable and Sander is happy about it. The organization of the festival means year-round work and all team members volunteer to spend their time and energy. Without the people, there would not be a Skeneraator festival either.
Today's success means flexibility. Besides organizing the festival, he's in a band Project Dekadenz and they will go to tour on this summer. He organizes smaller concerts and keeps the scene active. Sander also does occasional work in building, electric work, or on the web because he does not like to stay put.
"Fortunately, I have a loving and supportive partner who helps me through the good and the bad."