Born to play.
We're looking for a talented, intelligent and rammed-full-of-character lead/rhythm/acoustic guitarist for our Cambridge collective. You may be classically trained, but you don't have to be. You absolutely have to be able to improvise, play by ear, be responsive & musically bold, be utterly comfortable performing (you'll be on stage, not in a pit) and also a great listener, and finally be adaptable to a vast range of genres. Some of our band are professional musicians, some semi-pro. All are welcome, and we pay all band members a gig fee.
Founded in Cambridge in 2010, the Dowsing Sound Collectives are made up of bands of c.4-6 instrumentalists, and between 60-120 vocalists. We do both large scale gigs with pro sound/light production (and the occasional unplugged gig) and pull in some brilliant names both in terms of collaborators and audience members (e.g. Basement Jaxx, Boo Hewerdine, Megson, Dirty Freud, The Unthanks).
Our set lists are really diverse so we need someone that is absolutely 100% up for covering a broad range of tracks. Bands we've covered to date include Dry the River, Arcade Fire, The National, Alabama Shakes, Goldfrapp, Ane Brun, Rufus Wainwright, The Leisure Society, Asgeir, Katzenjammer, Sigur Ros, Elbow, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Basement Jaxx and more.
What exactly do we need in terms of instruments? We look for the back line of drummers, bassists, guitarists (if the latter you have to be multi-skilled and equally comfortable playing lead, rhythm or acoustic)... but we also look for solo line instrumentalists too - trumpeters, violinists, sax players etc. - that are brilliant at improvising.
The absolute must is that you've got to be willing to go with the flow, and also be OK taking some direction from the MD (who is the only person with the c.60 voice parts buzzing around their heads!). If this fits you, we want to hear from you. Please fill in the form at the bottom of this page and we'll get back to you pronto.
Tell us about yourself.
Before you do, here's some info about when and where we need musicians.
We're recruiting now for a guitarist for our Cambridge collective. Our London bands are full and on hold at the minute. We're also keen to hear from talented solo line instrumentalists that can improvise for all groups, so please do fill in the form below if this is you.
So. About you... and you'll see we need to hear something, so find your best stuff (if it's not online already) and quickly record it/film it and let us hear what you can do.