notis | band
Interlocking to produce musical patterns you can physically feel through a sound system, the drum and bass are core elements of reggae music. As a drum ’n’ bass duo, this synergy greatly influences our creation of similar melodies that you can relate and groove to.
NOTIS, in 2013, started a new phase of their musical journey, expanding their talents to the stage. Their debut performance at Wickie Wackie Live happened in December 2014, following soon after with a performance at Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JARIA) annual "Reggae Wednesdays" in February 2015.
Their current collaboration with Nattali Rize from Australia is a joint EP, due to be released late 2015 subsequent to their North American tour in June.
Since meeting in early 2000 while still attending college, Wayne "Unga Barunga" Thompson and Jason "WelshBass" Welsh have been in-studio producing rhythms that undoubtedly show their versatility in making sweet one-drop and dub-style beats, as well as dancehall rhythms. There was always a desire to do live performances of music they produced, but nothing before its time.
“From then ‘til now, the mission has been to unify people through the synergy of our music – bringing joy and hope,” says Unga. From the studio to the stage, NOTIS captures the sounds of today to create music for the ages.
Drummer and producer from Jamaica’s second city, Montego Bay. He sang first in the church choir, but it was his keen attention while in his high school’s band that propelled his sonic education. Gaining experience in a local hotel group while studying, his natural attraction to the drum fuelled his commitment to improving his skills.
With steady growth since his first hit production Holiday, Unga’s has toured with Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Tanya Stephens & Jesse Royal.
Bassist hailing from St. Mary, Jamaica. He learned the recorder in primary school, and later played percussion in high school. A friend was playing the bass one day, and he felt the instrument's low notes and anchoring role were perfectly suited to his height and steady temperament. When his school choir needed a bassist for a National Music Festival competition, he stepped in and found his calling.
Welsh has worked with Jesse Royal, Tanya Stephens, Stephen Marley and Jah Cure.