Douglas Pashley

Author and composer of Spin – The Musical


Douglas Pashley, born 1957, grew up in a musical family in Victoria, Canada. He started to play the piano at the age of three. He studied composition at University of Calgary and jazz at Malaspina University-College.

After that he started to tour jazz clubs in Los Angeles and later in Japan. In Japan he cooperated with a small studio. There he wrote a song for a local artist that became a huge success. In the next few years he started a music production company that had over 100 employees.

He moved to London to be in charge of Master Rock Studios where, to name a few; Eric Clapton, Jesus Jones, Soul to Soul and the soundtrack to Die Hard 2 was recorded. In London he also cooperated with Gus Dugeon, producer for Elton John.

Later he moved back to Canada with his Finnish wife Anna Hultin. There he started a record company. He was part of writing the title song to the movie Eraser that won the BMI-price for Song of the Year in 1998.

He moved with his family to Sibbo, Finland and has then been working as a composer for Warner Brothers and as a producer for Finnish as well as international artists.

Spin is the first musical he has both composed and written. Earlier he composed the musical Pojken Blå (The Boy Blue), also for Svenska Teatern.