Artists and Bands

The Dosadi Experiment

The Dosadi Experiment formed in March of this year. The band started with just two members: Merry and Paul.

“Hey, how about forming a rock band?” Paul asked. They had often talked of being in a band together.

“Sure”, came the reply, “but there are only two of us…” Paul showed a defiant look and shrugged.

“Well so what, we can kick it out, let’s just do it, and let’s play whatever the hell we want.”

And that was it, we began trying out styles, kicking out riffs and hammering some songs together. Once things had gotten rolling we started looking for a bassist. That’s when John sauntered onto the scene, from the first moment we realised we were onto a winner, and our music began to take depth and evolve. It didn’t take us long before we were playing our first gig.

I was most fortunate to be able to go and see them play a set at The Fleece in Bristol a couple of days ago, this was their fifth gig. It was absolutely stunning, the set was tighter than a ducks rear end and so engaging, The Dosadi Experiment gripped the entire audience.

This band really do have the elusive and essential musical chemistry. The Dosadi’s will appeal to both old and new rock fans with their refreshingly vibrant and creative mix of instrumental prog and rock. The Dosadi Experiment have an EP which will be released very soon and I thoroughly recommend that you check this band out. Please do go and get Dosadi experienced live at one of their gigs. If you are in the UK then you will find these gigs listed at livelifewest …..

I had a little chat with the band to give you some further info on the background of this incredible band……………..

Nick – I assume that the Frank Herbert book inspired your name, does this also inspire your music?

Paul – We knew that our band name was important, that we wanted it to reflect the nature of our music and show that we were something different from the crowd.

Merry was reading the book at the time we started writing music together, (it’s a mammoth, not long but intricate, subtle, and complicated), and was fascinated by it. It is hard to say if the style of the book influenced our decision to name the band after it, but the book is full of ideas and new things, and we wanted to write our music like this as well. It’s probably not true to say that the book influences our style of music, but that the style that we enjoy to play and the type of creativity our music takes on has a lot of parallels with the themes in the book.

Nick – What else inspires your creativity and how does this process work?

Paul, Merry & John (Collectively) – A lot of our ideas come from time spent away from the group, one of us will come up with a couple of ideas, bring them to the band, and then we jam them out and develop them into coherent songs. As an instrumental band we try to make each piece rich with ideas so that they really grab people’s attention, and a lot of our time and effort goes into the arrangements.

Our song writing is very democratic and all our songs are collaborative efforts. Since we all have different musical backgrounds it can take some time for us to find something we agree on (our writing sessions can be quite heated), but this is generally beneficial and makes our songs sound unique. We take influences from progressive rock to funk to ska punk: so somewhere in the middle of that is The Dosadi Experiment.



I like to write music that reflects the mood I’m in, to consider how the musical elements fit together and how the rhythms coincide. Once I know what I want to play I try to put the feeling behind it.


I do not set out to convey any particular mood; I simply pick up the bass guitar and let the ideas come forth.


I am influenced by the world around me; I tend to come up riffs and melodies in my head at inappropriate moments (late at night, train journeys, in work) before translating them into useable guitar parts.

Nick – What are your hopes and dreams for the future of The Dosadi Experiment?

Paul – As a band, our main focus is to play the music we love to make and to be in the type of band that we as music lovers would want to see playing live. We want as many people as possible to come and see us play live, and get a kick out of it, the greatest buzz for us comes from playing live, all the hours of practice, arranging, debating all fade away when it’s gig-time…we want to entertain people.

The future involves us finding another member, ideally someone who plays organ/synth/keyboard to enable us to take our music to the next creative level. We aim to record another EP by the end of the summer, and will continue building our following in Bristol by playing as many gigs as we can.

Nick – Where can people go to listen to your music?

Paul – Aside from coming to see us playing live (we have loads of dates coming up!!), online:

The Dosadi Experiment Official website

The Dosadi Experiment Facebook page

The Dosadi Experiment @ Soundcloud

We are releasing our debut self-titled EP in late-September, which will be available at our upcoming gigs.

Nick – What are the backgrounds of yourself, John and Merry? Did any of you have much in the way of formal musical training or are you self taught?

Paul: I’m a self-taught player, I began playing guitar when I was 14, jamming along to classic rock like Led Zeppelin and progressive rock like King Crimson. Most of my friends growing up in Ireland played instruments so there were always lots of bands floating about. The best way for me to learn was to jam with other people. I have dabbled in bass and drums but I always go back to the guitar.

Merry: I too am self-taught. From the first moment that I sat behind a drum kit when I was 12 I knew it was what I wanted to play. I was never drawn to any particular style, I just enjoyed playing on my own and trying to be creative. It took me a long time to become confident enough to play in front of other people and it wasn’t until I was in my late teenage years that I started playing in bands. At first I was more interested in the creative part, I attempted to write a lot of solo music and became interested in music production (so much so that I went to do a degree in it and met Paul). But eventually I realised that my talent really lay in performing with others and gave up the production side of things to focus on my drumming. That was about when The Dosadi Experiment came about.

John: Again self-taught. I play the bass because it was the only instrument in the house when I was a kid, and my dad would have been upset if I had expressed an interest in the drums (purely from a noise perspective, not any kind of nostalgic desire for me to follow in his footsteps). I progressed pretty quickly and got tired of the turgid bass lines commonly associated with mainstream music. Punk music, however, provided more of a challenge, so I went from there . . . . . you’d never be able to tell.