Douglas Whates

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: Scotland


Douglas Whates (b. 1981, Ipswich, England) is a British musician/composer, recording engineer and record producer based in Ayrshire, Scotland.
He studied contemporary classical composition with Dr. Gordon McPherson at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), graduating in 2004 with first class honours. He has had major works performed by the London Sinfonietta, Hebrides Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble; and cites the theme music for Nemesis Inferno, one of the UK’s most advanced roller coasters, as one of his more unusual commissions.
Equally active as a performer, Whates began formal music education aged nine on trumpet and piano; picking up guitar in his teens (his principal instrument while at the Conservatoire); making way for electric bass in his early twenties; focus ultimately migrating and settling on double bass in his mid-twenties. As a bassist, his approach reflects a broad range of influences, with roots in jazz/improv, post-rock, and the avant-garde.
He is frequently engaged as a producer and recording engineer, recently founded the uniquely constituted Elsewhere Co. project (a manifestation of his passion for recorded sound and unusual music), and launched record label Eleven Kinds (XIK) in 2017.
Help Musicians' support has enabled me to write, record and release an album by my new band "Small-town Fiction"