Songwriter and musician Jim Duguid cut his teeth playing drums in a number of bands in the vibrant Glasgow music scene which centred around the iconic King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in the late 90s.
His stage career as a drummer came to prominence with Innocent Records signing his band Speedway, where he developed his songwriting in sessions with Steve Robson, Guy Chambers and Star Gate.
Jim established himself as a songwriter as the right hand man to a young Scottish singer, Paolo Nutini. He helped Nutini develop his music which culminated in collaborations on 5 songs from his 2006 debut album, These Streets. Credits included hit singles Rewind, Last Request and the number 1 UK AirPlay hit New Shoes. Jim toured extensively with Nutini until 2009, promoting the album which sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
In 2010 he set up a studio in London, working with many developing young artists, including early sessions with John Newman, Sam Smith and James Bay.
His biggest hit to date is the track Too Close, co-written with artist Alex Clare. The song was used for a major Internet Explorer ad campaign in 2011. Too Close was number 1 in Germany, top 10 in the UK and throughout Europe. In the US the track’s hit status was solidified, spending over 50 weeks in the hot 100 chart, peaking at number 7. It topped the Rock Radio Chart and spent a number of weeks in the mainstream AirPlay top 10.
To date the song has sold almost 5 million copies around the world and has had over 65 million views on YouTube. Duguid and Clare received the ASCAP, PRS Songwriter of the Year Award in 2012.
Jim currently works from his studio just outside London.
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Proposed for appointment by: Matthew Benbrook, Martin Brammer, Charmian AR Dore, Jonny Lattimer, Steve McCutcheon (pka Steve Mac), Paolo Nutini, Justin Parker, Stephen Paul Robson, Francis White and Christopher William Leonard.
Current and recent directorships: Little Drummer Boy Ltd, Wellgood JR Productions.