William Bowerman
William Bowerman
Musical Director, Programmer & Session Drummer
 
 
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William Bowerman is a Musical Director based in London, England who has worked with a number of the worlds biggest artists overseeing all aspects of their live performance.

With over 13 years experience working professionally in the music industry, William Bowerman has directed and overseen global live concerts, live television and radio broadcasts including The Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live and The Brit Awards, and major sporting events such as The UEFA World Cup Final and The UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony.

Our current and recent clients include Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, Tom Walker, Jax Jones, La Roux, Jason Derulo, Lennon Stella, Loyle Carner as well as directing spot performances for artists such as Sean Paul, Zara Larsson, Liam Payne, Charli XCX, Rag N Bone Man, MØ, Years & Years, Sam Smith, Miguel and Martin Garrix

Technology is an important part of live music and William and his team pride themselves on their wide knowledge of this. We are well versed in Ableton, Logic and MainStage DAWs as well as being able to program hardware synthesisers, drum machines, Kempers and build bulletproof playback systems to be used at any size show.

 

 
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Every live show should be approached differently. The end goal is to produce stimulating live versions of the original recordings making sure to keep the aesthetic and feeling of the song in tact.

We know what works and doesn't on stage and we how to get the best out of people.

On the road, it is important to have people around you that you feel comfortable with. When it comes to hiring a band of session musicians for an artist, all factors are taken into account to ensure that a long, happy and healthy relationship will be formed and therefor, a great live show.

There is always a communication with the artist, management and all other parties involved every step of the way to make sure the final outcome is one that everyone is happy with.

The service includes -

  • Taking the original recordings and arranging them for a live situation.

  • Live performance coaching and direction for artists including microphone technique, stage presence and crowd interaction.

  • Casting and auditioning suitable session musicians to fit the specification of the artist, management and record label.

  • Programming backing tracks, keyboards, samplers etc to get replicated sounds that match that of the original.

  • Running rehearsals to a set schedule. Session musicians can be show ready before the artist has entered the room if preferred.

  • Working closely with front of house engineers, playback technicians, lighting designers, creative directors, choreographers to make sure the show is running as it should be.

  • Working with Television and Radio broadcast engineers and directors to ensure a perfect performance at live sessions.

  • Producing covers, arrangements and remixes that may be needed for TV and radio broadcasts or releases.

  • Creating set lists for any situation and any size and length of show.

  • Invoicing and negotiating fees between management and session musicians.

  • Designing, budgeting and building reliable and stable live equipment set ups for use in clubs to stadiums.

 
 
Preparing Dua Lipa's headline UK Arena tour with Dua, her band and FOH engineer

Preparing Dua Lipa's headline UK Arena tour with Dua, her band and FOH engineer

Pre session rehearsals with Zara Larsson, Alma, Charli XCX and Mo at a Radio 1 Live Lounge Session in Los Angeles.

Pre session rehearsals with Zara Larsson, Alma, Charli XCX and Mo at a Radio 1 Live Lounge Session in Los Angeles.

 
Setting up the Dua Lipa Live Show - January 2016

Setting up the Dua Lipa Live Show - January 2016

La Roux Live - November 2014

La Roux Live - November 2014

Directing Martin Garrix at his Scared To Be Lonely Orchestral session.

Directing Martin Garrix at his Scared To Be Lonely Orchestral session.

 
 
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Musical Direction for Calvin Harris, Rag'n'Bone Man, Sam Smith & Dua Lipa Live at The BRIT Awards 2019

 

Musical Direction for St. Vincent & Dua Lipa Live at The Grammy Awards 2019.

 

Musical Direction for Calvin Harris & Rag'n'Bone Man Live on The Graham Norton Show

 

Arrangement, Musical Direction and Programming for Dua Lipa Live at The American Music Awards 2018

 

Musical and Performance direction for Lennon Stella with Jonas Blue and Liam Payne Live at BBC Children in Need 2018

 

Arrangement, Musical Direction and Programming for Dua Lipa Live at Jimmy Kimmel 2018

 

Musical Direction and Programming for Jax Jones Live at Top Of The Pops Christmas special 2018

 

Musical Direction for the Jason Derulo UK Band at Radio 1 Biggest Weekend 2018

 

Musical Direction and Programming for Loyle Carner at BBC 6Music

 

Arrangement and Musical Direction for Jax Jones And Years & Years Live Video

 

Musical Direction for Tom Walker’s cover of Adele’s “Hometown Glory”

 

Musical Direction and Programming for Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa on The Graham Norton Show

 

Musical / Performance Direction and Programming for Robinson at Vevo DSCVR ARTISTS TO WATCH 2019

 

Musical Direction and Programming for Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, MØ and Alma at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge

 

Arrangement and Musical Direction for Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa

 

Musical Direction and Programming for Col3trane - at Vevo DSCVR Ones To Watch 2018

 

Musical Direction for La Roux at Glastonbury 2015

 
 
 
 
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We are always on the look out for session musicians and programmers from all over the world to be put on gigs.

If you are a session musician looking for work and you are 18+, please send in email - 

  • A PDF resume of your musical experience

  • Youtube links to examples of your work

  • A headshot

  • Location

  • Contact Info

  • Social Media Info

Send to info@williambowerman.com

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