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Doug Cartwright

BA Music Performance and Industry - Guitar


Doug Cartwright


Doug Cartwright is an experienced freelance guitarist, music educator and independent artist. He has released full-length albums of original music as a member of several bands and worked as a guitar instructor since 2008, teaching in several music schools and having his lessons published by magazines and online streaming services.

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 and ITV’s ‘Take Me Out’ 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 contemporary style studies. He is currently in the process of writing and recording a solo album of instrumental guitar music.