Biography

Doug Cartwright is a freelance guitar player and producer living in Willesden Green, North West London. He is a BMus(Hons) Popular Music Performance graduate and holds a Level 6 Licentiate Diploma in Music Teaching.

His most recent work is as the composer, guitar player and producer of the death metal band Amid the Barren and Lost, who released their album ‘Shadow Self Psalms’ in January 2018. Metal Hammer magazine described the album as “a new British metal gospel“, concluding the band “show they’re more than just merchants of taut yet malicious metal that aims straight for the most exposed body part“.

In 2006 he founded the heavy metal band Beneath Dead Waves, which was described by Kerrang! as “so talented it’s like they’re taking the mick”. The band released their album ‘Inertia’ in 2014, which Metal Hammer praised as delivering “metal anthems executed with brainbursting technicality“. The band played shows in support of the album throughout most of 2014, supporting established acts including Monuments, Intronaut and Scale the Summit before disbanding in the spring of 2015.

Asides from producing the Amid the Barren and Lost and Beneath Dead Waves records he has also recorded and mixed numerous other independent projects. His mixes have been featured on Kerrang! radio, Total Rock radio, BBC Radio, ITV’s ‘Take Me Out’ and The Electric Guitar Show amongst many others. Doug has also created and recorded music for theatre productions, independent films and professional wrestling shows.

As well as having over a decade of experience as a performer and producer, Doug is an experienced product demonstrator having filmed videos for and appeared at trade shows and festivals with numerous companies including Gibson/Epiphone Guitars, Hufschmid Guitars, Swinglehurst Guitars, Diezel amps, KSR amps, Zilla Cabs and Scott Dixon Cases.

Doug was a guitar teacher and course content writer at The Rhythm Studio, a music school based in Kensington & Chelsea College, for 11 years from the opening of the school in 2008 through to August 2019, as well as working as a contributor for the internationally acclaimed Guitar Interactive Magazine. In addition to The Rhythm Studio, he’s also written educational guitar courses for Lick Library, the International Guitar Foundation and Ministry of Guitar. Doug estimates he has helped well over 500 people to learn the guitar since 2004 in one-to-one and small group classes.

Between 2010-2019 Doug worked closely with The Rhythm Studio Foundation, the charitable side of the Rhythm Studio that provides musical education for underprivileged young people. Since its inception he has provided music workshops in several local schools, taught scholarship students and sat on the panel of assessors for scholarship applicants.

In the summer of 2019 Doug left his position at The Rhythm Studio to focus on building his own private teaching business and to pursue other musical interests. For more information about Doug’s private guitar lessons click here:

Professional Music Lessons in North West London

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