Douglas Whates (b. 1981) is a Scotland-based composer, bassist, recording engineer, and record producer. He is the director of music venture ELSWHR LTD and recording company Red Stereo. A composition graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, his classical output fuses impressionism with a postmodern sensibility, often exploring themes of place, belonging, memory, and yearning. Equally active as a performer, Whates is a multi-instrumentalist and self-taught bassist whose singular approach reflects a broad range of influences, with roots in jazz/improv, post-rock, and the avant-garde. Current musical projects include offbeat electronica under the alias Palermo and upcoming releases from alt-jazz outfit Small-town Fiction.