Titus Anthony is a dear friend & ambassador to Roamers. Our lead photographer one day, and a touring musician the next. He recently returned from his American tour & we were lucky enough to get behind-the-scenes and capture emotions, setbacks, and what it was really like to be living a life on the road.
"It has been an adventure, you kind of have the idea of what it’s going to be and then the reality. What’s been really cool is we’ve gotten to see a lot of different cities in all of the different places that we’ve traveled. Music for me is something that I cannot not do. I just feel like it’s something I’m supposed to do and I’ve felt that way ever since I was a kid. I think it’s just who I am and it’s not something that I can change."
You traveled across the entire USA, did you have any favorite locations or venues?
"We played in Brooklyn and those were some pretty sick shows. It’s a little surprising for me because I’m not usually drawn to big cities. I think the communal experience I got to have while I was there, it’s a little different from Manhattan which I’ve been to. The people have been really cool and meeting different people from different backgrounds and connect with them over art. Two nights ago we played in Brooklyn and there was this really cool guy Danny at the venue we were playing and he said, I think the line was, “I was coming back to myself and learning who I was becoming,” and I thought that was really cool because when he was listening to our songs he was able to rediscover who he was and I don’t know that’s just about as good of a response as I could ever hope for. "
"I think for us that’s the coolest part about music is getting to share it with people. When you’re putting the music out people are connecting with it in their own way."
Why do you play music?
"You’re pursuing what you’re doing because it’s the dream you have in your heart and I think everyone has those and when were faithful with those I think people get to reap benefits with them as well and I think that’s a really cool thing and a beautiful thing. It starts out as a selfish pursuit potentially or like a personal pursuit but if we keep pressing into that a lot of times what happens is lots of people get to reap good things from it."
How was performing for so many people along the tour?
"I feel fairly comfortable most of the time when I’m performing but I would say that it depends on the show but there are some shows that I feel kind of nervous for but usually as soon as it starts it just goes away and you’re just kind of in the zone. As far as vibing out the crowd that’s such a huge part of performing, you have to read your crowd and kind of tap into what their feeling and experiencing. We start out with sort of a blueprint of what we’re going to play and then last minute we will switch out to something different."
What is music to you?
"I’ve always said whether I play for a one-person crowd for the rest of my life I’m always going to write music and I really mean that. Our rule is that even if it’s just a few people were just going to give it everything. People can get tired sometimes and work out even if we’re doing something that we love and I really believe in the concept of pacing yourself and getting rest and for me at least when I’m at home that’s surfing. If I keep the balance of resting and refreshing my mind I would like to believe that I can continue to live that lifestyle out. Writing a song for me is always discovering something inside of myself. When I write a song what I’m doing is sitting down and singing and whatever comes out of me is out of the string of consciousness and I’ll record what I sing and then I’ll use that as a blueprint to kind of dig out what’s inside of me and what I’m trying to say. Photography is kind of similar, to me, a good photograph moves you in a feeling, it’ not just pixels or reflections of light, it actually creates an emotion in you."
What's next, post-tour?
"We released an album a little over a year ago and that was like the two-year project even before it came out because there was a whole year of writing and a whole year of recording. We just booked a studio in Portland, Oregon which we will be recording a new record at in September."