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Meet Spencer Anthony

Today we’d like to introduce you to Spencer Anthony.

Spencer, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story starts at eight years old when I first picked up the guitar. My parents were both professional athletes, so becoming a musician was a rare (but celebrated) pursuit. I started playing gigs at about ten or eleven years old. I was playing cover songs on the guitar while my guitar teacher would sing. It was a lot of fun, and a great challenge, most of the music was classic Metal and Rock. Then in 2014, I started my own rock/pop-punk band at 15. We were called Tru Story. I assure you, our band wasn’t as bad as the name insists.

When I was 16, I started modeling and acting for an agency called Wings Model Management in Cincinnati, Ohio. My agent Jake then sent my mom and I out to LA, where I started acting and making records. I’ve lived in LA for four years, and am currently writing my third project. I’ve released two EPs, the first being “Words to Hide Behind” in April 2017, and my sophomore release, “Crying Kingdom” in October of 2018. My music tends to explore the depths of my often relentless emotional expression. Whether that be through the exploration and confession of anxiety, the frustration of adolescent angst, or the joy of wisdom and reflection, I like to think my music spans across more than a few musical and tonal genres. A versatile approach is a key point for me as a songwriter and performer. As I look forward to the coming year and decade, I can’t help but picture a world of music that listeners can explore long beyond the first listen.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’m very grateful that my road as an actor and musician has been laden with blessings. Moving away from the suburban comfort of Ohio was a monumental change, but it made me realize that my life path was something more geographical than what I had grown up knowing. I had a rough time in Middle School and High School. As I went from being a doughy, way overweight twelve years old, to a dedicated athlete at the beginning of my Freshman year. There were a lot of social challenges, and I was trying to hide from who I was.

And because I looked at myself as the fat kid even after I had lost the weight and reached a level of fitness I hardly thought I could achieve, I instead carried around the heavy emotional weight of my own self-doubt. I didn’t really stand up for myself. But looking back, that time period and dark headspace eventually taught me how to stand up for myself.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I make music that in turn makes an effort to connect with people. The music itself can be taxing and difficult to create and perform. It can sometimes take a lot of time and emotional honesty to write a worthwhile song, and through that, I have fallen in love with the work it takes to create honestly. I am most proud of the moments that I put my whole soul into a piece of music. Sonically, my music boasts a lot of driving, rock and roll elements. I heavily emphasize the guitar. I feel that my music differentiates itself because it doesn’t necessarily attempt to follow whatever is popping at the moment. It’s raw and real.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see the industry continuing to explore trends in a variety of ways pertaining to the mainstream. But, more than that, I see a fearless group of artists driving the music forward with relentless and unapologetic experimentation and exploration. I see rock music coming back in a new way; a way that’s not trying to be what it used to be, but instead looking to what it can be now, in this moment of pop culture. I see the lines of genre continuing to blur; hence creating new landscapes and pathways to making great songs.

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Aleesha King

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