William Bowerman
William Bowerman
Musical Director, Programmer & Session Drummer
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William Bowerman is a Musical Director residing in North London.

William has worked with a number of the worlds biggest artists as a Musical Director overseeing all aspects of their live performances. This includes arena tours, TV and Radio broadcasts, acoustic and cover arrangements, on stage body language and crowd interaction. 


With over 12 years experience working professionally in the music industry, William has been around the world many times touring as an MD and session musician overseeing shows from clubs to arenas, 11 festival seasons and countless live television and radio broadcasts including The Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, The Brit Awards, The Ellen Show, The UEFA World Cup and The UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremonies.

Current and recent clients of William's include Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, Tom Walker, Jax Jones, La Roux, Jason Derulo, Lennon Stella, Loyle Carner, Klangkarussell and Mikky Ekko, 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 pop music and William prides himself on his knowledge of electronic music and equipment, being very well versed in Ableton, Logic and MainStage DAWs as well as being able to program hardware synthesisers, drum machines and build bulletproof playback systems to be used anywhere from small clubs to stadiums.


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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.

With over 12 years professional touring experience as a session drummer, William knows what works and doesn't work on stage and knows 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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Here is a selection of William's recent musical direction from the last 3 years.


Musical Direction for Calvin Harris, Rag'n'Bone Man, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa live at the 2019 BRIT Awards


Musical Direction for St. Vincent & Dua Lipa Grammy Awards Performance 2019.


4 minute medley of Calvin Harris x Dua Lipa - One Kiss & Silk City x Dua Lipa - Electricity ft. Diplo, Mark Ronson for The American Music Awards 2018


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


Jason Derulo - Fixed and Directed a UK band for his Radio 1 Biggest Weekend Performance


Musical Direction and arrangement for Jax Jones And Years & Years live video for their new single “Play”.


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


Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss Live on The Graham Norton Show


Musical and performance direction for Robinson - Medicine for Vevo DSCVR ARTISTS TO WATCH 2019


Dua Lipa - BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in LA featuring Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, MØ, Alma.


Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely. Commissioned by Sony Music to create an alternate version of the song to a strict spec.


Col3trane - "Penelope" on Vevo DSCVR Ones To Watch 2018


La Roux - Full set 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