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Dougie Payne
Dougie Payne performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameDouglas Payne
Born (1972-11-14) 14 November 1972 (age 48)
Glasgow, Scotland
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Bass guitarist
Associated actsTravis

Douglas "Dougie" Payne (born 14 November 1972, Glasgow, Scotland) is the bassist and backing vocalist of the Scottish band Travis.[1]


Payne was born in the south side of Glasgow, and was educated at Woodfarm High School. He was also a member of the local 28th Glasgow (Giffnock) Scout Group in his youth. He went on to become a student at the Glasgow School of Art, where he met the band's singer, Fran Healy. They teamed up to form Glass Onion (named after a Beatles' song), later renaming themselves Travis. Originally Payne was not part of Glass Onion, which featured two other members, but when they left he was asked to play for the band. At the time of being asked, Payne had never touched a bass guitar in his life; for weeks he refused to do it, until finally he agreed.[citation needed]

Although he is better known for his bass guitar playing and backing vocals, Payne has written songs of his own. Tracks such as "The Score", "Know Nothing" and "Good for Nothing" were all penned by Payne and have featured as b-sides on the band's more recent singles. Payne also sings lead vocals on some b-sides, for example "A Little Bit of Soul", from the reverse of "Flowers in the Window", and on "The Distance" from Singles. He wrote the song "Colder" which features on The Boy With No Name and three of the songs from the sixth album Ode to J. Smith, including single Something Anything, which is the first Travis single not to be written by Fran Healy. Payne also played bass on much of The Divine Comedy album Victory for the Comic Muse and appeared as a backing vocalist in the song "Tumble and Fall" on Feeder's album Pushing the Senses.

Personal life

Payne married actress Kelly Macdonald in 2003. In November 2007, an announcement on the Travisonline message board said that Payne was to become a father for the first time, making him the last member of Travis to do so. Freddie Peter Payne, his son with Macdonald, was born on 9 March 2008.[2] Their second son, Theodore William Payne, was born on 8 December 2012.[3] Payne and Macdonald announced their separation in 2017.[4]

Payne supports Rangers Football Club.[5]



  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Biography: Travis". AMG. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Macdonald Gives Birth". contactmusic. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  3. ^ McDonald, Toby (4 February 2013). "Kelly Macdonald celebrates birth of her second son - Daily Record". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Actress Kelly Macdonald, Travis Bassist Douglas Payne Have Separated". Billboard. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Travis in their own words". The Guardian. 9 March 2017.