Band members

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.

Name *
Which collective? *
Please tell us which collective you're interested in auditioning for.
Please put one only, thanks.
What else are you brilliant on?
If you've got any YouTube or Soundcloud clips online, put your best link here. We'd prefer video footage if poss. We have to make this bit compulsory as we've had too many applications without any links and its impossible to tell if you're any good without hearing you! If you haven't got anything, please take a quick video with your phone (and upload it somewhere, putting the link below) to show us what you can do - it doesn't have to be pro :)
How did you hear about the DSC?
Please select all that apply.
If so, put their email address here! If you end up being in the band, we'll then email them, get their postal address, and send them a CD by a totally random, brilliant band that we happen to be listening to on that particular day. Please put an email address, not a name, as otherwise we won't necessarily be able to contact them. Thanks :)
And if you have other audio/video links that you want to share, pop them in here too.