We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Douglas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve found that music has been by far the most constant and assuring part of my life, as I’ve gone through 28 years on this Earth. To be able to create music and share it with people is one of the most special gifts, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend my life doing that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think we have something special. The music we make, we try to push the boundaries of what we’re comfortable with or used to hearing. There’s a deeper sense of accomplishment and enjoyment because we worked for something unique, and I think people feel that when we’re on stage.
I started the band in 2018 having no idea what I was doing or how this would work. It’s been a ton of hard work putting and keeping a band together, writing songs, booking shows, and trying to get people behind what we’re doing. But as much work as it’s been, we’ve had so much fun during the process.
If people take anything away from Beyond Here, I’d hope it’s the need to find something that drives you in life. It’s so easy to just coast through life with no real ambition or sense of wonder. The real joys in life are buried a little deeper.
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?
We’re all foodies in the band, and thankfully Nashville has no shortage of amazing food.
I’d stay away from the touristy places, and take them to Cafe Coco for wings, Slim & Huskies for pizza, Mickey’s for drinks, and Jeni’s for ice cream.
There’s always a great show happening at the Basement or High Watt!
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?
The music scene in Nashville has been extremely supportive. The city is a melting pot of artiss who just want to see everyone do well.
Specifically, I’d like to thank Andy Herrin at 102.9 The Buzz. Since the day we met, he’s been a huge help in us establish our footing in town. He’s had us featured as the local Buzz Cut of the Week a few times, which is a weekly artist spotlight where they play a single by a local band.
That goes a long way in helping us connect with people who may not have otherwise been exposed to what we’re doing, and it means the world to us.
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