Doug Cartwright is a freelance musician 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. Doug has released full-length albums of original music as a member of several acclaimed bands and teaches guitar privately alongside his role as a Popular Guitar Styles instructor to BA students on the faculty of the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
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, music libraries and professional wrestling shows.
Doug runs a busy private guitar teaching business from his home studio, specialising in modern rock technique, improvisation vocabulary and applied jazz harmony for which he has created his own syllabus of study material. Overall, Doug has helped well over 500 people to learn the guitar since 2010 in one-to-one and small group classes, completing more than 15,000 hours of guitar teaching. He completed over 1,000 online lessons in 2020 during the pandemic.
Prior to launching his own business 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, he’s written educational guitar courses for Lick Library, the International Guitar Foundation and Ministry of Guitar, and delivered lessons for the London School of Music, Music in Offices and other contemporary music lesson providers.
Between 2010-2019 Doug worked closely with The Rhythm Studio Foundation, a charity which provides musical education for underprivileged young people. He provided music workshops in several local schools, taught scholarship students and sat on the panel of assessors for scholarship applicants.