Born to a musical family, Doug Pashley showed an aptitude for music early in life, beginning 10 years of piano studies at the Royal Conservatory at the age of four. By 16 he was fluently playing many other instruments and was spurred to study composing and conducting at Malispina College of Jazz at the University of Victoria. After that he went on to private studies, in orchestration and composing, with the eminent Cuban composer Sergio Barroso.
After a period of song writing and club/studio playing in Los Angeles, Douglas moved to Japan. He spent the next 6 years as a songwriter/producer/arranger as well as writing for T.V., Radio, and a variety of artists. He recorded for the Fun House Inc. then Japan's fifth largest recording company. It was here that he recorded and released his first album Bite The Bullet. Fun House boasted a healthy sales record for the album in Europe and Asia.
While in Japan he became a member of the Board of Directors of Sam Corporation, a multi-media company. He also hosted radio shows and wrote scores and jingles for many large corporate T.V. shows.
In 1992 Douglas moved to London, England as president of Sam Corp. U.K. and C.E.O of Master Rock Studios Where he collaborated with Gus Dugeon (renown producer of Elton John, XTC, David Bowie, Chris Rea and many others).
In 1995, after 11 productive years honing his skills in the recording industry, Douglas returned to his hometown of Victoria, B.C. to record his latest album of original music on the independent Canadian label, ragged pup records. After co-writing the songs for the album with Wyckham Porteous he gathered around him some of the finest players on the west coast to make the album. The players include many of the regular members of Sara McLachlan's band. At the same time Douglas co-wrote, with David Foster, the Vannessa Williams hit Where Do We Go From Here from the movie Eraser.